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'Cats floor Huskies

March 03, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - There's no better time for a team to play its best basketball than the playoffs, and that's why Williamsport boys coach Deron Crawford was all smiles Saturday night.

Josh Foley scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter, and the Wildcats opened up a 17-point first-half lead before burying the Huskies at the foul line in the second half for an impressive 89-43 victory in a Class 1A West first round game.

"We did a good job tonight executing," Crawford said. "We got a lot of the looks we wanted, and more importantly, we knocked them down."

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The game was supposed to be played at North Hagerstown because of a leak in Williamsport's gym that left a dead spot on the floor earlier this week. But when a basket malfuctioned and couldn't be lowered in North's gym, the game was moved back to the Wildcats' home floor.

Northern Garrett (7-13) must have left its 'A' game back at North.

Foley made three jumpers - one a 3-pointer - and two free-throws in the first quarter.

"If I get a quick start, it really helps me," Foley said. "It's a good confidence builder for me. We know if we don't play well, we go home, so we jumped on them early."

Williamsport (11-11) also executed defensively, giving Northern Garrett few uncontested shots and holding the Huskies to two field goals in the first eight minutes for an 18-5 lead.

Nick Adenhart's 3-pointer early in the second quarter gace Williamsport a 24-7 lead, and the Wildcats went into halftime up, 35-21.

The game turned more physical in the third quarter, and Williamsport made the most of the fouls called, making 17 of 18 foul shots in the quarter and 23 of 25 in the second half to ice the game.

"We've struggled from the foul line this year," Crawford said. "There have been a lot of close games where we were 6-for-20 or 8-for-22 or something from the line. ... I was proud of how we sustained our run in the second half, because we haven't been a good closing team."

Adenhart and Will Roney had 13 points for the Wildcats, while Ben Jordan had 12 and Dustin Bachtell had 10.




Williamsport 89 Northern Garrett 43


NORTHERN GARRETT (43)

Frantz 8, Mitchell 9, Younkin 4, Rice 6, Johnson 5, Speicher 4, Southerly 3, Jones 3, Fickas 1. Totals 14 11-20 43.

WILLIAMSPORT (89)

Foley 20, Roney 13, Jordan 12, Bachtell 10, Martin 2, Adenhart 13, Bowers 6, Hose 7, Reddick 4, Small 2. Totals 29 28-35 89.

N. Garrett 5 16 10 12 - 43

Williamsport 18 17 28 26 - 89

Three-point goals - Williamsport 3 (Foley, Adenhart 2), Northern Garrett 4 (Mitchell, Younkin, Southerly, Jones). Fouled out - Mitchell.

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