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Boonsboro's lost minutes are Wildcats' ultimate gain

February 27, 2005|BY TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO - Williamsport used a period of four "lost minutes" by Boonsboro as its springboard to beating the Warriors for the fourth time this season, scratching out a 62-58 victory in the Maryland Class 1A West Region East Sectional quarterfinals on Saturday.

Williamsport will play host to Poolesville in the sectional semifinals Monday.

"We played as well as we could play," Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. "It was a well-played game but we checked out during what I call those 'lost minutes.'"

Down 15-12 early in the second quarter, Boonsboro used a 9-0 run to assume a 21-15 margin with 5:27 to play in the first half capped off on a conventional 3-point play by Mike DeBarge.

After a timeout call by Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray, the Wildcats (13-10) rejuvenated themselves and put Boonsboro into a time warp with a 12-0 run of their own to take a 27-21 lead with 1:23. Corey Broadwater hit a pair of free throws and a three-point play to highlight the run.

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After that, Boonsboro (5-18) never got closer than three points but continued to keep the pressure on Williamsport.

Junior guard Tyler Beard made sure he and his teammates were one step ahead as he poured in 14 of his team-high 19 points, including a 10-for-11 effort at the foul stripe.

"I was looking to step up today," Beard said. "This is the time of year to do it. You have to play the best you can, and if you make a mistake, you just play through them. This was the toughest of the four games we've had with them this year."

Beard and his teammates responded to the mistakes they did make, which included quick shots and silly fouls. Beard played with four fouls and Phillip Jordan fouled out with 5:23 left in the game.

"We played much more zone defense than I like to play becasue of foul trouble," Mowbray said. "We had the effort out there, but (Boonsboro) seemed a step quicker than us, and that is a credit to them."

Broadwater, who had only one touch of the ball in the first quarter, ended with 12 points, as did Matt Smith.

"We were just too quick with shots," Mowbray said. "We didn't get anything inside to Corey and we were making lob passes and hurting our angles."

DeBarge had one of his finest games of the year with 24 points, including three 3s and 7 of 8 at the line. Both teams shot well at the line, with Williamsport hitting 20 of 25 and Boonsboro 17 of 20.

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