Adenhart rescues Wildcats

December 11, 2002|by TIM KOELBLE

CLEAR SPRING - The long-range shooting of Nick Adenhart was just what the doctor ordered when the game was on the line Tuesday night as Williamsport pulled out a 41-37 boys basketball victory over Clear Spring.

When the chips were down and the Wildcats recovered from watching an 11-point lead evaporate throughout the second half, Adenhart came to the rescue with a pair of 3-pointers in the clutch.

Williamsport (1-1) suffered through a four-point third period which enabled Clear Spring to battle back from a 25-14 deficit midway into the second quarter to eventually take a 33-31 lead with 4:43 to play on an 8-foot turn-around jumper by Will Worthington.


However, Adenhart, a 6-foot-3 junior transfer from St. Maria Goretti, promptly drilled in a 3 from the top of the arc, followed by Worthington missing the front end of a 1-and-1. Back down the floor, Adenhart hit another 3 at the 2:48 mark and a 37-33 lead that held up the rest of the way.

"It was nothing spectacular (the 3s)," said Adenhart, who not only helped run the offense on top of the arc but also posted down low several times. "I'm wherever I'm needed to be, but tonight helps with the confidence."

Clear Spring (0-2) got a basket from Mike Snyder but Adenhart came back for a pair of free throws to give himself bookend 8-point quarters en route to a game-high 22 points.

After a first period spree in which Williamsport jumped to an 18-14 lead shooting 7 of 21 from the floor, the Wildcats began to get Clear Spring out of a zone defense and start running a patient offense.

"We were inconsistent with our offense in our first game against North and again tonight so we will have to make some adjustments," said Wildcat coach Deron Crawford. "When they came out of the zone we got some good matchups and were able to become patient offensively."

Junior Cody Beard scored 5 quick points to help the Blazers to an early 14-7 lead in the first 4 minutes of the game, but Clear Spring went on an 8-minute scoring draught.

Adenhart hit an NBA-length 3-pointer and a duece to get Williamsport started on an 18-0 run before Adam Mills scored on a bucket at the 4:35 mark of the second period.

Worthington, a 6-foot-3 senior, did not start due to an ankle injury but came off the bench and shred scoring honors for Clear Spring with 9 points alongside Beard.

"We had too many turnovers in the first half (11) and didn't play defense," said Blazer coach Don Harnish. "I was pleased coming back in the second half but then we got just a little impatient. But we kept after it."

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