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Wildcats swarm Warriors, 65-33

February 01, 1997

By CURT HORNBECKER

Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - It was evident early on that Boonsboro's boys basketball team was in for a long evening.

The Warriors failed to score on their first six possessions against a swarming Williamsport defense, turning the ball over four times in that span, and dropped a 65-33 Monocacy Valley Athletic League decision Friday night.

"They're just so solid all the way around," said Boonsboro coach Curt Conway. "Their guards are real tough and they pound the boards. They just wear you down. They don't make many mistakes, and they capitalize on the mistakes you make."

The Wildcats defense blanketed Boonsboro's guards, forcing 14 first-half turnovers, and limiting the Warriors to just 16 points in the initial 16 minutes. Boonsboro failed to score more than nine points in any quarter.

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"We've played well defensively all year," Wildcats coach Kevin Murphy said. "The kids do a nice job in the man-to-man, and they take pride in playing defense. That's half the battle. The kids look forward to playing defense.

"You're going to have nights when you don't shoot well or you turn the ball over, but there should never be a night when you don't put forth the effort on defense. That's what wins games."

Seven points from Andy Artz gave Williamsport (13-1, 10-1) a 15-5 lead late in the first period.

Despite scoring only seven points, while attempting just four field goals in the second period, Boonsboro (6-9, 5-6) trailed by just 13 at the intermission.

With two players having quit the team recently, the Warriors entered the third period with a depleted bench, which became even thinner when starting forward Brad Conway was whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:14 remaining.

The Wildcats' lead grew to 47-24 at the end of the third period and reached 33 late in the final frame, which was highlighted by nine straight points from Rusty Tritsch.

Despite shooting 53 percent from the floor, Murphy wasn't completed satisfied with his team's offensive effort.

"Our offensive efficiency leaves a little to be desired," said Murphy. "I thought we were careless tonight at times, we turned the ball over, and our shot selection wasn't what we wanted it to be."

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