Key comes up empty vs. Williamsport

Eagles can't find basket in absorbing 57-29 loss

Girls basketball

February 23, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Francis Scott Key had a chance to play spoiler again, but Williamsport refused to allow it.

The Eagles shot a miserable 13 of 43 from the floor, and the visiting Wildcats avenged an earlier setback by handing Francis Scott Key its worst loss of the season, 57-29, in Union Bridge last night.

The Eagles had defeated Williamsport, 59-52, on Jan. 29 and dropped the Washington County school into a three-way tie atop the Monocacy Valley Athletic League with Francis Scott Key and Middletown.

With the Wildcats needing a win to keep pace with Middletown for a share of the league championship, the Eagles (13-8, 12-5 in the league) played what some team members called one of their worst games of the season.

"We didn't come out like we should've," said junior forward Ashley Norris. "We didn't come out with any enthusiasm."

Every Francis Scott Key player finished with a single-digit point total, and senior team captain and leading scorer Jen Sawyer was limited to two points.

"They did everything they had to do to beat us," said Eagles coach Alice Smith. "They came out to play, and we didn't."

In the Francis Scott Key victory last month, Norris and junior center Adria Stonesifer combined for 31 points. To combat that, the Wildcats employed a 2-3 zone defense, daring the Eagles to beat them from the perimeter.

The strategy worked as Francis Scott key connected on just two of 11 attempts in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Williamsport (19-3, 16-2 in the league) converted seven of 13 shots and forced 10 turnovers to take a 20-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

By the end of the first half, the Wildcats' three-guard set of senior Steph Ritchie, junior Brooke Weimer and senior Ashley vanNorden had combined for 28 points -- 17 more than the entire Eagles output.

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