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Warriors shake rust in 59-40 win

February 24, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - As the high school basketball season reconvened Saturday, Boonsboro took only a short time to shake off the rust from a week-long layoff as it dismissed Williamsport 59-40 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

It took two timeouts in the first three minutes of the game by coach Chuck Ingram to reinforce to his troops that it "was not the first game of the season."

"We were lazy," Ingram said. "We weren't running the offense and we weren't giving any help defensively on the back side."

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After a less-than-scintillating first period, guard Nate Himes got the Warriors rolling.

He finished off the first quarter with a basket and quickly followed in the second with back-to-back jumpers for a quick 14-6 lead.

Boonsboro (11-8 overall, 9-7 MVAL) was threatened just before intermission when a Ben Jordan jumper cut the lead to 23-20. But two free throws each by Travis Itnyre and David Byers extended the margin to seven.

Himes and Lonnell Smith then took matters in their hands in the third period to keep Williamsport (9-10, 6-9) at bay.

Himes hit three baskets (one a 3-pointer) and Smith broke loose for 12 points and the Warriors finished the period with 10 unanswered points for a 47-27 lead.

"I guess my shot felt OK tonight," Himes said. "It hasn't really been working that well since early in the year. I've been fading away on the shot."

Smith finished with 16 points and led the Warriors with 14 rebounds. He also had six assists.

Himes' 14 points was his second-best outing of the year.

"Lonnell does a lot of other things beside scoring," Ingram said. "He's too unselfish. He didn't score in the first half because he was busy dishing off the ball."

Ingram thought the layoff aided the Warriors as Smith, Brad Wetzel (eight points) and Keith Kellinger were able to heal ankle miseries. Kellinger missed the game because he was in Baltimore to receive a baseball award.

"We got outgutted, outhustled and outrebounded (34-26)," Wildcats coach Deron Crawford said after addressing his team for 15 minutes following the loss. "We had some momentum before the layoff. We just have to re-establish our confidence."

Williamsport was missing leading scorer Nick Adenhart for a third straight game due to mononucleosis. He might be ready by the end of next week, Crawford said.

Josh Foley led Williamsport with 13 points. Ryan Martin had seven rebounds.

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