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Wildcats win fourth in a row

January 29, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Deron Crawford was having a Zen moment on Tuesday.

It was after the Williamsport basketball team used its "Hart" in the first half and its head in the second to give the coach a win that was good for the soul.

The Wildcats stayed in the game behind Nick Adenhart's 26 points before using some past experience to take control in the fourth quarter and notched their fourth straight win with a 56-48 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory over Walkersville.

"This was a good win for us," Crawford said. "We were in a lot of games early in the season when we weren't sure what to do down the stretch. Then, over the last week, we have been playing with a lot of passion, getting good looks, rebounding and playing defense. I don't know what changed it, but we have been playing pretty inspired since the South game."

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Adenhart kept Williamsport (7-6, 5-5) in contention in the first half, scoring 14 of the Wildcats' 22 points - including a four-point play with 3 seconds remaining. Both teams showed little offensive spark as Williamsport led by two at the half.

"We said at the beginning of the game to watch him," Walkersville coach Bruce Zimmerman said. "He played very well. He'd come off screens in the first half and no one would contest his shots. He was the difference in the game."

For three quarters, it was a game of forced patience. Neither team shot the lights out unless it was outside of the 3-point arc. In fact, the teams combined for 15 of 31 shooting from 3-point range, but only hit 22 of 65 shots - including 11-for-37 by Walkersville - in the two-point area.

"They packed it in against us," Zimmerman said. "They gave us the 3s and we hit them. We shot 50 percent from 3 and under 33 percent from inside. We got the ball inside and didn't get any calls, but it didn't matter because we didn't score anyway."

Neither team led by more than seven points before settling for a 34-34 tie after three quarters.

The rest of Williamsport's offense caught up with Adenhart to start the fourth quarter. Ben Jordan hit a 3 and Josh Foley scored a three-point play to give the Wildcats a 40-34 lead and start an 11-3 run that Walkersville never fully answered.

Brock McCollum scored five straight for the Lions (7-8, 6-7) to bring them back within three, but Williamsport countered with another 9-2 run, highlighted by Adenhart's last five points to ice the game.

Foley finished with 12 and Jordan added 10 points and seven rebounds for Williamsport while Adenhart pulled down five boards. McCollum had 14 points and David Berry added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Lions.

"Basketball is a game of runs," Crawford said. "Things are always shifting back and forth. Early in the season, we didn't know how to stop runs. Now we are rebounding and making big stops to get the momentum back."

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