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Falcons fight off pesky Wildcats

December 15, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Winters Mill's sharpshooters were more than happy to exchange baskets with Williamsport big man Corey Broadwater in their boys basketball matchup Tuesday night.

Broadwater - a 6-foot-7, 250-pound senior center - made eight baskets from the paint on his way to a game-high 19 points, while the Falcons sank eight 3-pointers and won, 61-57.

"We have some kids who can shoot the ball," Winters Mill coach Dave Herman said. "Sometimes we have to do that to make up the size difference. We're small and Williamsport's got some big kids."

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With the game tied 14-14, Ryne Bridges and Jimmy Dorsey hit back-to-back 3s to open the second quarter, putting the Falcons in front for good.

"I thought we did a good job defensively," Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. "They just do that penetrating-and-kicking and they have good shooters."

Winters Mill (3-0) led 30-25 at halftime and by as many as 12 points (49-37) early in the fourth quarter, before Williamsport (0-2) decided to make things interesting.

Fueled by a pair of buckets from Broadwater, the Wildcats went on an 8-3 run to make it 52-45. Then, trailing 57-48 with 3:05 left on the clock, Williamsport scored seven unanswered points in 34 seconds, getting a big trey in the run from David Warrenfeltz, to make it a two-point game at 57-55.

But with 50 seconds remaining, Jimmy Cotterman drew a charging foul from Broadwater, erasing Broadwater's game-tying basket.

"That charge," Herman said. "I hate to say that one play changed the game, but it was key."

The Wildcats then were forced to foul. And the Falcons, who went 11-for-12 from the foul line for the game, went 4-for-4 from the stripe down the stretch, taking a 61-55 lead with eight seconds remaining.

Broadwater sank a deuce with one second left to complete the scoring.

"For some reason, we just pick up the intensity in the second half," Broadwater said. "We need to play like that from the beginning, but we'll get it."

Williamsport's comeback attempt also fell short in a 51-48 season-opening loss to Hancock on Saturday.

"It's almost like a carbon copy of the previous game," Mowbray said. "We dig ourselves a hole and then come on like gangbusters. You can't play eight minutes and expect to beat good teams, especially a team that shoots the ball the way they do."

Matt Deane sank a team-high three 3s on his way to a team-high 15 points for Winters Mill. Dorsey finished with 12 points, and George Neville, who at 6-2 is the Falcons' tallest player, had 11 points.

Warrenfeltz, who had both of Williamsport's 3s, finished with 10 points, and Tyler Beard and Ryan Lee each had eight.

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