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Williamsport wins 11th in a row

February 05, 1997

By JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - The streaking Williamsport Wildcats took command early and defeated the Walkersville Lions, 59-46, on Tuesday night in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League boys' basketball game.

It was the eleventh straight victory for the Wildcats (14-1, 11-1).

Williamsport scored the final seven points of the first quarter to take a 13-4 advantage. Senior center Andy Artz scored five of those seven points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Wildcats a nine-point lead. Artz then scored five more points as the Wildcats stretched their lead to 20-6.

"Our goal is to just play as hard and as smart as we possibly can," Artz said. "I feel that all of the players on the team really did play as hard as we could tonight. Our team made a few mental mistakes. But on the most part, we pretty much played a smart basketball game."

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Andy Brown made the final three baskets of the second quarter for the Wildcats to enable Williamsport to hold a 29-15 advantage at halftime.

The Lions (11-6, 8-5) were able to stay within striking distance in a 12-12 third quarter. Williamsport led by a 49-33 margin with 4:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. Walkersville narrowed the gap to 55-46 with 1:08 to go in the game. But that would be as close as the Lions could get.

Williamsport made 21 of its 30 foul shots, including a 13-for-22 effort in the fourth quarter.

Artz led Williamsport with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Brown scored 13 points for Williamsport. Duc Trieu and Rusty Tritsch added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Wildcats.

"As always, our play on the defensive end carried us," Williamsport coach Kevin Murphy said. "In the first end, we played very solid defense as we held them to 15 points. I think that our first-half defensive effort set the tone."

Antwon Nixon led Walkersville with 13 points and three steals. Howard Hinnant and Mike Millione grabbed nine and six rebounds, respectively, for the Lions.

"Williamsport played very good defense on us all night long," Walkersville coach Mike Mummert said. "We only made one of our first 12 shots. They have a nice team and I wish them good luck."

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