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Heart of a Warrior

Dellinger inspires, but Wildcats earn Antietam victory

Dellinger inspires, but Wildcats earn Antietam victory

February 19, 2005|by BILL STERNER/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's Adam Dellinger never took a shot or played a minute in the Warriors' MVAL Antietam game against Williamsport Friday evening, but he got a standing ovation from the large Parents' Night crowd. Dellinger was involved in an automoble accident just days before Christmas that devastated his coaches and teammates, but on this night, the Boonsboro sophomore walked steadily across the floor to hand his parents the customary corsage. The inspirational moment carried over to both teams as the Warriors and Wildcats treated the crowd to four quarters of solid play with Williamsport finally prevailing, 63-49. "I'll tell you it is moments like that with Adam that puts things in perspective for you," Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. "Adam is always in the back of our minds but we are so glad to see how far he has come." "Boonsboro came out and played with a lot of intensity, the whole game," Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. "But that moment touched our kids, too." In fact, Boonsboro (5-16, 4-9) jumped out to an early 8-4 lead as Jared Lyons hit a jumper in the lane and then drained two straight 3s. But Williamsport (10-10, 9-4) closed out the quarter with a 15-2 run that put the Wildcats up 19-10 at the end of the first quarter. "Defensively, I thought we were doing a good job on them," Mowbray said. "We spread the offense around and we were able to put together a little run there in the first half to get a little control." Please turn to WILDCATS, B4 Continued from B1 Williamsport played an uptempo game on offense, pushing the ball up the floor and zipping passes into the paint where Phillip Jordan, Adam Richardson and Cory Broadwater did the majority of the damage. By halftime, Williamsport had cruised to a 38-22 lead. But the Warriors rallied in the second half as Boonsboro seemingly solved Williamsport's defensive puzzle. And although the looks improved for Boonsboro, the shooting never followed suit. "We played so much better in the second half," Connelly said. "But when it counted, we just didn't shoot very well." Boonsboro narrowed the Wildcats lead to 43-34 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. Just when it appeared the offensive fortunes of the Warriors were about to change, Boonsboro went through a 4 1/2-minute scoring drought. The Warriors' inability to score enabled Williamsport to hold them at arm's length the remainder of the game. "Williamsport runs a good, structured set and they don't get too anxious," Connelly said. "We fought them, but our shots wouldn't drop." Tyler Beard led Williamsport with 17 points. Jared Lyons had 10 for Boonsboro.

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