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'Cats finish off Warriors

February 25, 2002|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - At this point, Williamsport girls basketball coach Curtis Graff isn't concerned about slow starts.

The Wildcats' first field goal on Friday night against Boonsboro didn't drop until almost six minutes had elapsed, and they scored only five first-quarter points.

Graff is just grateful that Boonsboro didn't start quickly either, as Williamsport's defense keyed a 12-2 third-quarter run that led to a 48-35 win in the first round of the Class 1A West Region tournament.

"We just weren't aggressive," said Graff. "We're young and we overpassed the ball. But I'd rather they overpass the ball than throw it away."

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An inability to take care of the basketball and missed free throws ultimately doomed the Warriors. Williamsport's press helped force 33 turnovers, including 11 in the decisive third quarter.

Still, had Boonsboro (6-17) shot better from the free throw line, things might have been very different.

"(Hitting) 13 for 35 free throws will kill anybody," said Warriors coach Bernie Semler. "And we were shooting well from the free throw line until tonight."

Williamsport's domination inside was also a critical factor. The Wildcats (8-15) - thanks to its work on the glass - took 30 shots in the second and third periods to just 10 for Boonsboro.

"They were pretty tough inside," said Williamsport center Lindsey Plotner, who finished with 17 points. "They're pretty muscular, and we knew we were going to have to box out and work hard to get some rebounds. I think they started to get a little tired late in the game."

With Boonsboro clinging to a 23-21 advantage midway through the third period, the Wildcats reeled off 11 unanswered points for a nine-point lead they never relinquished. Four straight points pulled the Warriors within five, but its lackluster performance from the free throw line - six of 15 in the fourth quarter - sealed the deal.

Williamsport 48, Boonsboro 35

Boonsboro (35)

Daugherty 3, Harris 17, Low 1, Stevens 4, Amezcua 3, Proudman 5, Selby 2, Totals 11 13-35 35.

Williamsport (48)

Saufley 2, Plotner 17, Gogan 6, Clingan 2, Scuffins 6, Grabill 4, Kolb 5, Hamilton 4, Taylor 2, Totals 15 18-31 48.

Boonsboro89612-35

Williamsport591618-48

Fouled Out-Stevens, Taylor.

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