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Warrenfeltz, Hose lead Wildcats past Warriors

February 21, 2004|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Injuries and illness played as big a role as basketballs and big calls in Williamsport's win over Boonsboro on Friday night.

For almost 28 minutes, both teams, struggling with depleted rosters, stared each other down like tired gunfighters in the sun.

But in the end, it came down to what Williamsport was able to overcome and what Boonsboro couldn't.

Dave Warrenfeltz scored 13 points while the Wildcats' John Hose battled Boonsboro big man Kyle Davis to a draw as Williamsport rallied to beat the Warriors 50-44 in an MVAL Antietam Conference game.

Warrenfeltz, filling in for the injured Ben Jordan at point guard, finished the game with eight rebounds, seven assists and just a single turnover. It was a performance that gave coach Deron Crawford his first real chance to smile this week.

"We've overcome a lot, not just this week but this season," Crawford said. "Going back, we are playing without Jordan, Will Roney and Dustin Bachtell. That's 60 percent of my starting lineup.

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"That's why when a kid like Davey (Warrenfeltz) steps it up, it makes you happy for him and the team."

Warrenfeltz had help from Hose, who dueled under the glass with Davis throughout the game. Davis fouled out with 15 points; Hose muscled in 12. It was a standoff that helped the Wildcats (12-9) overcome the stubborn Warriors, who folded with just under two minutes in the game.

Warrenfeltz scored a layup, stripping the ball at the top of the key, then drew a foul and put the Wildcats up 47-42 with 1:55 left. On the next trip down the floor, a costly traveling call and a foul put Boonsboro (4-16) in a must-score possession.

"That sequence right there ended up being the key tonight," Crawford said. "After that, we took care of the ball and played with some confidence to pull it out."

"We played hard and to the end," Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. "We needed that little push to put us over the top and we just couldn't get it.

"I know it's frustrating for them," Connelly said. "But it is a matter of learning to win, having confidence to win."

The Warriors were playing without forward Brad Wetzel, who suffered a broken arm last week at Brunswick.

"Sure we miss Brad," Connelly said. "But that is part of the game. Hey, our guys stood up and played tough tonight."

"I'm proud of my team," Crawford said. "We won two games this week even losing (Will) Roney and Jordan. These guys stepped up."

"We did all the little things that I tell them will win games," Connelly said. "It just didn't happen for us this time."

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