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Cats get a leg up: Williamsport makes 1A West final with easy win

March 02, 2000

Cats get a leg up: Williamsport makes 1A West final with easy win

Williamsport over AlleganyBy BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer




Williamsport boys basketball coach Deron Crawford smiled as he strode briskly across the floor at North Hagerstown High School.

His Wildcats had just dispatched Allegany 70-49 in the Class 1A West semifinals behind a phenomenal 17-for-20 performance at the foul line in the second half.

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As the gym emptied, the blue and white sign abandoned on the Allegany side ironically reflected the Wildcat philosophy exactly: "Offense Wins Games, Defense Wins Championships."

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How true - so far.

The Campers may have set the early tempo, but it was Williamsport, ranked ninth in the state and second in the region, that controlled the dance.

"Allegany played a great first half," Crawford said. "It isn't often that we get out and score 33 in the half and our opponent scores 32."

But that was the case.

"We weren't surprised with the fast pace," said Williamsport senior Corey Wolfensberger, who finished with 24 points. "We face South (Hagerstown) twice each year and they are up tempo. But we felt we had to get control of the pace to be successful."

The Wildcats took control, abandoning their man-to-man for a 1-2-2 zone that took away the Campers' perimeter game. Allegany's Nathan Simpson was the biggest victim, held to a solitary jumper in the second half after getting 13 points before halftime.

With the pressure on Williamsport's inside tandem of Barrett Giles and 6-foot-5 Josh Martin, the Wildcats' duo played above even against Jacob Kagey and Ryan Rubek. Rubek managed to muscle in 12 points, but the normally productive Kagey was held to just two.

"Giles and Martin did a great job under there." Wolfensberger said. "That was a huge difference in the second half."

The win puts the Wildcats (18-6) into Saturday's region final against Southern Garrett. The game will be at 7 p.m. at Allegany High School.

"This team has great senior leadership," Crawford said. "There were a lot of tired legs out there tonight, but we played our game and stayed cool and calm."

"We really never paniced even though they stayed with us early," Wolfensberger said. " We expect it from now on."

W'msport 70, Allegany 49




ALLEGANY (49)

Reineke 2, Simpson 15, McGreavey 13, Wilson 4, Rubeck 12, Kagey 2, Mills 1. Totals 20 4-7 49.

Williamsport (70)

Embley 2, Wolfensberger 24, Grabill 10, Barton 16, Clinger 2, McAllister 2, Giles 5, Martin 7, Weaks 2. Totals 22 19-22 70.

Allegany 19 13 6 11-49

Williamsport 20 13 12 25 - 70

Three-point goals - Allegany 5 (McGreavey 4, Simpson), Williamsport 7 (Barton 4, Wolfensberger 2, Grabill).

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