Wildcats thrash Oldtown

March 04, 1997


Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport outscored Oldtown, 27-0, in the first quarter and ran away with an 87-28 victory Monday night in a Class 1A West region boys' basketball playoff game.

Williamsport (22-1) plays Westmar Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Allegany High School.

Williamsport has won the last three region championships, and five of the last six.

Andy Artz made eight of his nine shots on the way to 16 first-quarter points as the Wildcats put the outcome to rest early.

"We just wanted to come out and play fundamental basketball," said Artz, who finished with 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting. "We wanted to hustle on defense. We wanted to move our feet and not get lazy. I think that we're definitely ready for Wednesday."


Andy Brown scored 13 points for Williamsport. Wildcats reserves Josh Trumpower (15 points), Jeff Knepper (13 points) and Spencer Jackson (12 points) also reached double figure scoring for the Wildcats.

"It is one of those cases where we won tonight because we were a lot better than the other team. It is just that plain and simple," Williamsport coach Kevin Murphy said.

"At this time of the year, you have to go out and play as well as you can play," Murphy added. "If we can do that, then I'll be happy. If we play well, then the score will take care of itself. Traditionally, we play well at the end of February and in early March. We're ready to go."

"It was pretty much what we expected," Oldtown coach Christopher Zembower said. "Williamsport has the nicest team in Western Maryland. They are well-coached and well-disciplined. They have been a strong team like that for years. They are aggressive but they know how to use their hands and their foot speed. They keep from fouling a lot. I think the expectation is for them to win the West region."

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