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Late spurt leads Wildcats to victory

Grabill directs fourth-quarter rally

Grabill directs fourth-quarter rally

January 24, 2003|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Wildcats were looking for a way to put away the Boonsboro Warriors on Thursday night.

Junior point guard Staci Grabill came to the rescue with some clutch shooting during a three-minute stretch in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Grabill's heroics helped the Wildcats beat the Warriors 49-37 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

Williamsport (9-3 overall, 6-2 MVAL) led 37-31 with 5:58 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats outscored the Warriors 10-2 over the next three minutes to build a 14-point lead with 3:05 to go.

Grabill scored six of Williamsport's 10 points during that stretch on a couple of baskets and a pair of free throws.

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"We came out a little slow in the beginning," Grabill said. "But we picked it up towards the end and hit big shots. I was driving to dish the ball off and the players didn't pick me up underneath on a couple of plays. So, that enabled me to make a couple of layups. We didn't give up, even though we weren't playing great. We played aggressive. We are happy with our win, but we still have a long way to go and a lot to learn."

Grabill scored a team-high 11 points for Williamsport. Alex Gogin tallied 10 points, while Lindsey Plotner collected nine points and seven rebounds.

"Staci Grabill has played real well in the last few weeks," Williamsport coach Kevin Murphy said. "She had another big game tonight. At this point of the season, I think that we are pretty sound defensively. Our effort is good. But we need to improve offensively."

Freshman Sarah Keyser had 12 points and six rebounds, while Sarah Harris added nine rebounds and eight points for the Warriors (5-7 overall, 2-5 MVAL).

"Sarah Keyser has really done a great job," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "She does a lot of things that freshmen don't do. She is doing a lot of things right as a freshman, which means that she has a bright future. I just thought that our defensive intensity was where I wanted it tonight. We played hard on man-to-man. We just couldn't seem to buy a bucket when we needed one."

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