Girls Basketball: Catoctin edges South in battle for first place

February 03, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Catoctin girls basketball team scored the last six points of the game to knock off host South Hagerstown 61-56 Friday night for sole possession of first place in the MVAL Antietam.

It appeared the Rebels had a chance to get a victory when Chelsey Scott scored on a layup with 1:59 remaining to give them a 56-55 lead.

But the Cougars took over from there.

Caroline Grossweiler scored a basket with 1:48 left to put Catoctin on top for good at 57-56.

Kristy Erfurdt made a crucial steal and then turned it into a layup with 1:01 left in the game to extend the Cougars’ lead to 59-56.

Tara Woelfel sank both of her foul shots with 15 seconds remaining in the game to increase Catoctin’s advantage to the final margin of 61-56.

The Cougars put the final nail in the Rebels’ coffin when Grossweiler came up with a steal with five seconds to go and ran out the clock to seal the victory.

Catoctin (12-6, 10-2) now leads South (12-7, 9-3) by one game in the conference standings.

“I could not be any more proud of these girls,” Catoctin coach Amy Entwistle said. “We have been talking all year about finishing all four quarters. Tonight, it was all about heart and hustle.”

Entwistle said her players executed the fundamentals successfully.

“South is one of those teams that crashes the boards well,” she said. “But we were able to have our players crash the boards well. Some of those defensive rebounds and quick outlet passes got our transition game going. We were able to get some quick points out of that.”

Woelfel came through with 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and four assists, while Grossweiler had 15 rebounds and 12 points for Catoctin. Kendall Zickefoose had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Erfurdt had eight rebounds and eight points for the Cougars.

Katrice Dickson scored 15 of her 22 points during the third quarter, while Scott had 16 points and four assists for South. Alexis Small had 12 rebounds and Tayana Stewart had seven rebounds for the Rebels.

“We have got to learn how to finish games,” Nate Naylor said. “Our coaching staff has got to get our team prepared for that. We have got to stay out of foul trouble. Our kids did fight to the end. We played with a lot of heart. Catoctin does not quit. Their players will always play hard.”

JV: Catoctin, 49-10 (C: Courtney Topper 16).

Catoctin 61, South Hagerstown 56
CATOCTIN (12-6, 10-2)
E. Phelan 3, Woelfel 23, Grossweiler 12, Zickefoose 13, Clemons 2, Erfurdt 8. Totals 24 6-12 61.
Scott 16, Johnson 1, Dickson 22, Longfellow 3, Stewart 8, Small 6. Totals 22 10-13 56.
Catoctin    13    14    13    21    —    61
S. Hagerstown    13    9    19    15    —    56
3-point goals — Catoctin 7 (Woelfel 5, Zickefoose 2), South 2 (Dickson, Longfellow).

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