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Girls Basketball: Falcons hang on to top C. Milton Wright

Addi Hill doesn't mind playing more than one basketball game in a single day.

It might be unusual to do so, but it's not impossible.

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Winters Mill edged C. Milton Wright 36-33 in the Winters Mill Holiday Classic on Tuesday night. Contributing factors included sophomore guard Erin Snyder's seven points, four steals, four rebounds and five assists, and senior forward Samantha Petela's team-high nine points — with an additional eight rebounds.

It was the second of three games the Falcons will have played by the tournament's end tonight.

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The Falcons played Aberdeen on Tuesday at 1 p.m. due to a last-minute change in the tournament schedule when Coppin Academy did not show. Hill, a junior forward, had 11 rebounds and Petela had 15 points in the Falcons' 60-42 loss.

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"I like it a lot better because we're usually all stressed out about school and stuff," Hill said. "Having this free break is nice to then play basketball and actually focus on basketball instead of having to focus on school and basketball, it's a lot better."

"It's so nice," she added.

The Falcons (3-4) played a close game with the Mustangs from the start, but used a 10-0 run in the first quarter to and pull ahead by one, 12-11, at the period's conclusion. They led by one at the break, 19-18, thanks to a pair of Hill free throws.

Hill struck again with two free throws late in the third to give the Falcons a 28-21 lead and WM stayed on top heading into the final frame. Snyder landed a 3-pointer with 2:12 to go and Hill finished off with another free throw to top off the game at 36-33.

It was quite the turnaround from the Falcons' loss earlier in the day.

"I think as a coach you're always worried about certain other distractions, we haven't been able to practice as much given a couple extra days with the Christmas holiday so you're always worried about how focused they'll be, are they really in shape, those types of things," WM coach Dave Wynne said. "To their credit, we had a tough game at 1:00 and we rebounded from that. We played up to our defensive potential in that second game tonight. For us, it's a really cool thing to host it at our school and to have the kids be a part of it, they all have to volunteer to do different things and be around each other so I think the whole atmosphere is good."

Winters Mill will face Centennial tonight at 8 to decide the winner of the tournament. Seven teams are participating in the tournament — Aberdeen, C. Milton Wright, Centennial, Gaithersburg, Glenelg, Mercy, and the host Falcons.

Hill said playing out-of-county opponents is exciting because the girls get to play teams they aren't used to seeing on a regular basis, at least not until regional playoffs. Wynne added that Hill feeds off of a physical game, even if that means getting a bloody nose here and there.

"Obviously, you always want to peak around playoff times and these games are important," Wynne said. "They don't factor into the overall record at the end of the season but they factor big into where we're going as a team."

C. Milton Wright (33): Moriah Snyder 15, Courtney Frank 8, Sydney Bukowski 4, Keira Brown 2.

Winters Mill (36): Samantha Petela 9, Erin Snyder 7, Hannah Stitely 7, Carlee Cook 6, Addi Hill 5, Amaya Wells 2.

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Halftime: WM, 19-18.

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