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Williamsport ends streak at four games

February 03, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Deron Crawford was eager for his team to find the killer instinct that has been missing during Williamsport's four-game losing streak.

His players were desperate to stop a streak during which the Wildcats have held leads only to fritter them away.

The streak was halted Monday as Williamsport thwarted a pesky Boonsboro crew to come away with a 70-58 victory in the MVAL Antietam Conference.

"We were desperate for a win," Crawford said. "We haven't finished teams off late in the game, but we finished off tonight."

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Williamsport (8-7, 3-4) shook off a 3-for-13 effort from the foul line in the second period to maintain a 36-33 halftime margin, which was keyed by Will Roney's 12 points.

Eleven of Roney's first-half points came in the first period as the 'Cats raced to a 22-18 lead.

Boonsboro (3-12, 1-6) led 23-22 early in the second period on two free throws by Ryan Moore and had a chance to take control of the contest in the third period.

Brad Wetzel fired in a 15-footer to start a third-quarter run that game the Warriors a 47-40 advantage before Williamsport came back to life with an 11-0 run to end the period.

Wildcats guard Josh Bowers scored six points, Ben Jordan hit four critical free throws and Williamsport continued its domination of the boards in the final period as it improved upon a 55-51 lead with 4:27 left to iced the game.

Roney went cold and hit just one field goal after the first period, but he continued solid defensive play and led Williamsport with 10 rebounds.

John Hose and Corey Broadwater combined for 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Ben Jordan and Phillip Jordan each scored 12 points for the Wildcats.

"I'll take this type of production in the middle from John and Corey any time," Crawford said. "Both of them did a good job tonight, and Corey is only getting better ... he's only played basketball for three years."

The Warriors shot well from the floor and the line in the first half but couldn't maintain their intensity.

"We were in rhythm and had intensity to start the game," Warrior coach Sam Connelly said. "We were hurt defensively on transition and we just got killed on the boards."

It also did not help that two of the Warriors mainstays, Brad Wetzel and Kyle Davis, were hampered with foul problems in the second half. Davis, along with Sean Gregg, both fouled out as the Wildcats went 16 of 30 from the stripe.

"We were still in the game early in the fourth period but Williamsport slowed it down and we lost some patience," Connelly said.

Davis and Corey Shea led Boonsboro with 12 points while Wetzel was held to nine.

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