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Wildcats hold off Warriors for Doub title

December 30, 2000

Wildcats hold off Warriors for Doub title



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


WILLIAMSPORT - The 14th Annual Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic at Williamsport High School brought out some clutch performances by the Wildcats down the stretch.

That enabled Williamsport to shake off a tough challenge by the Boonsboro Warriors and pull out a close 54-50 win in the championship game on Friday night.

It was the 10th championship that Williamsport has won during the 14-year history of the tournament and it was also its fifth title in the last six years.

Senior point guard Brooke Weimer led Williamsport (7-1) with 14 points and five steals. Weimer had four of her five steals during the first quarter. Becky Pulieri scored nine points for the Wildcats.

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"It's very exciting to win the tournament," Weimer said. "We were expected to win the tournament and our team came through with the win. I thought that we played excellent defense tonight. We made most of our foul shots throughout the game. We kept our cool down the stretch and we made the big plays. That win should definitely be a big confidence booster for us."

The Wildcats were able to get 17 points from their reserve players.

"The story of this game was that our young kids came off the bench and they kept us in this game," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "They showed some poise and they battled. Our bench won this game for us. As young as we are and as inexperienced as we are, I am proud of our players. We made some big foul shots down the stretch."

Sophomore forward Sarah Harris led Boonsboro (2-4) with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Liz Smith added 11 points and seven rebounds, while Morgan Main had three steals and three assists for the Warriors.

"Our kids came out ready to play tonight," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "Defensively, I thought that we played real well. We were hustling for all of the loose balls. I thought that Williamsport did a real good job on the boards. Williamsport really hustled to the boards. We were 5-for-13 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and that hurt us."

Senior center Vanessa Ruffin collected 42 points, 19 rebounds and three blocked shots to help the Broadfording Christian Academy Lions beat Southern Maryland Christian Academy 66-15 in the consolation game. Jessica Biddle contributed 13 points and five assists, while B'nai Holt dished off nine assists for the Lions.

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