Walkersville overcomes free-throw foibles to win

January 06, 1999

Boonsboro vs. WalkersvilleBy MARK KELLER / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

BOONSBORO - The Walkersville Lions were anything but automatic from the free-throw line Tuesday night.

They were more like an old 3-speed on the column - without a clutch - and it nearly cost them a win.

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The Lions shot just 40 percent (8-for-20) from the so-called "charity stripe," including 1 of 7 in the final 90 seconds, but held on for a 58-56 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win over Boonsboro.

Walkersville's struggles from the line gave the Warriors (2-6, 0-5) an opportunity to climb back into the game. Boonsboro trailed 57-44 with 1:33 to play.


"I told them in the locker room that we'll start from the end talking about the game," said Walkersville coach Mike Mummert. "You can't seal a victory that way. They keep coming down and lighting it up with 3-pointers like they did and you're in trouble."

After a missed free throw by Walkersville, Kevin Bigelow scored off an offensive rebound to pull Boonsboro within 11. Another Lions miss led to a four-point play by Brooks Everline.

The Lions (3-6, 3-3) missed their next three foul shots, and Everline hit another 3-pointer to cut the Warriors' deficit to 57-53 with 15 seconds remaining.

Cory Hoffman finally broke Walkersville's futility string by hitting the first of two free throws, putting the game out of Boonsboro's reach.

"We did hit some shots down the stretch. Those are the kinds of things you want to happen when you start fouling," said Boonsboro coach Denny Talbert. "But we had some chances earlier and didn't get them."

Walkersville was on the brink of running away with the game on several occasions, but could never quite put away the Warriors. The Lions held a nine-point lead five times, and their 13-point advantage in the fourth quarter looked comfortable enough.

"Credit them with some great shooting and blame us for not doing the job from the line at the end," Mummert said. "But I was very pleased with our effort on the boards. We got a lot of second shots, and that's what we wanted to do."

That fact was not lost on Talbert.

"How many second and third shots did they have? I said at the beginning that the keys were turnovers and rebounding, and we did a poor job with both," Talbert said. "We flat out stood around at times and watched them go to the boards."

Aaron Edgely had 12 points and five rebounds, and Hoffman had 11 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Lions. Matt Doyle and David St. John each had nine points, and Doug Ogg had eight rebounds.

For the Warriors, Everline had 21 points.Keith Herbert and Phil Physioc each had 10 points and Physioc grabbed 11 rebounds

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