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Taylor's rebounding helps 'Cats bounce Catoctin

Taylor's rebounding helps 'Cats bounce Catoctin

February 27, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Will Taylor literally was the chairman of the boards on Monday night.

Taylor, Williamsport's 6-foot-5 senior center, pulled down 17 rebounds to go with 16 points to help the Wildcats defeat Catoctin 63-48 in a Maryland Class 1A West East Sectional semifinals.

"I did my role on the boards," Taylor said. "I wanted to get the rebounds. Playing like a family helped us to pull out the win. Everybody did their job and we came out with a victory."

Williamsport (17-6) will try to defend its eastern title Wednesday at 7 p.m. when it hosts Brunswick. The winner will advance to Friday's West region title game against the West section champ.

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Sean Dixon added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats, while Chad Poffenberger and Chad Bikle scored 12 points each.

Bikle hit three 3-pointers, while Poffenberger had four assists.

"We knew going in that we had a size advantage on the boards and we wanted to exploit that," Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. "I thought that Will Taylor, Sean Dixon and Greg Minnick all did a great job for us on the boards."

Derek Woelfel got 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for Catoctin (5-17). Josh Chmelik added 11 points and D.J. Doyle grabbed seven rebounds for the Cougars.

"Our game plan coming in was trying to limit our turnovers and try to stay even with them on the boards," Catoctin coach Ryan Oman said. "We were able to do that for a while and we cut the lead down to seven points. But then they got some easy putbacks and a few 3-pointers to help them pull away."

Williamsport built a 30-14 lead with three minutes remaining in the second quarter. But Catoctin battled back to withing 44-37 with 7:10 remaining.

But the Wildcats put the game away by outscoring the Cougars 19-11 down the stretch, with Taylor collecting nine of his rebounds.

"When we were up by double digits and they cut it to seven, we did a very good job with our composure and handling any kind of pressure that they threw at us," Mowbray said.

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