'Cats size too big for Boonsboro

January 31, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport decked Boonsboro with a 1-2 combination on Tuesday night that looked like a prizefighter at his best.

With a powerhouse inside game and a brutal defense, Williamsport brushed aside Boonsboro 68-44 in an MVAL Antietam Conference contest, giving the Wildcats a three-game advantage in the loss column.

"The MVAL would be a nice notch in the belt, but there are bigger fish in the sea to fry," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray, who picked up his 100th career victory, 43 of them at Williamsport.

Sean Dixon and Will Taylor, both 6-foot-5, combined for 11 points in the first quarter to make their presence felt in the paint.


Dixon continued on into the second quarter, scoring the first eight points to give Williamsport (12-2, 8-0) a 22-10 lead.

Meanwhile, the Williamsport defense didn't relent. The Warriors went without a field goal in the second period (0-for-11), scoring just one point on a free throw by Brad Rohrer.

Williamsport scored 13 of its 19 second-quarter points off seven Boonsboro turnovers.

The Wildcats had 11 goals in the first half, all but one coming inside of three feet due to offensive rebounding and transition off its aggressive defense.

"We played defense as a team," said Mowbray. "It wasn't just one player. We switched very well and had the help-side defense. We just didn't let them find any open man."

Mowbray said the Wildcats worked on offensive rebounding after being handled last Friday by Catotin. Williamsport owned a 17-6 margin on the offensive boards on Tuesday.

"In our eyes, this was a big game," said Mowbray. "We were lethargic against Fort Hill and we needed to come out with energy and effort."

Dixon had 22 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats scarfed Boonsboro on the boards, 40-25. Taylor had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

"(Dixon) banged on both ends of the glass tonight," said Mowbray. "He's had some good practices and he's getting stronger and in more control of himself and we need that from him."

Williamsport's muscle helped the Wildcats to a big advantage at the line, hitting 26 of 36 compared to 13 of 22 for the Warriors.

"We just got killed on the inside and that was the story," said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. "There were times I counted we had four players trying to box out Taylor and Dixon and that didn't work. (Williamsport) executed well and they fully understand their roles."

Rohrer led Boonsboro (8-7, 5-3) with 11 points, including the unusual sight of being the only Warrior in the scorebook with a 3-pointer.

Adam Flook, nursing a slightly sprained right knee, mustered only eight points, hitting three goals on only 10 attempts.

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