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Minnich steps up for 'Cats

December 22, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - Wildcats senior Greg Minnich is doing the best he can to fill the void left by Will Taylor's graduation.

With Taylor, an All-Area First Team honoree last season, playing for Hagerstown Community College this season, Minnich has elevated his game to keep Williamsport going strong. Minnich had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists Friday night as the Wildcats defeated Boonsboro 65-44 in the MVAL Antietam.

"During the summer, I focused on my ball-handling and I worked on my outside and inside skills," said Minnich, who was the Wildcats' sixth man for their playoff run last season. "I'll do whatever I can to help the team - getting rebounds, being strong, getting in position, whatever I can do."

"He worked hard over the summer and his game has improved tremendously," Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. "He can shoot from 19 feel in, he's more fluid in the post with his back to the basket, he can put the ball on the floor, and on top of that, he's a very good passer."

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Sean Dixon added 15 points for Williamsport (4-1, 2-0). The Wildcats' starting pair of 6-foot-4 forwards helped them win the rebounding battle, 32-14.

"The second half, we took control of the glass on the offensive side of the ball, and we got some steals for easy baskets," Mowbray said.

Seth Poffenberger led the Warriors (1-4, 0-1) with 11 points, but Boonsboro turned the ball over 33 times - including 12 times in the first quarter against Williamsport's full-court pressure, leading to a 16-7 Wildcats lead after eight minutes.

Still, Boonsboro coach John Taylor - who has taken over for Dave Scaggs, who resigned after coaching just three games - said he saw improvement compared to Tuesday's 57-29 loss to North Hagerstown.

"We really improved since facing the North pressure. We've come a long way. We still have a long way to go, but we ran some sets tonight," Taylor said. "We're trying a little different philosophy on our offensive sets, and it's new for our kids. ... They play hard non-stop, top to bottom. Any player I have out there will play hard."

The Wildcats were far from perfect themselves. Williamsport committed 26 turnovers, most of them against Boonsboro's 2-3 zone.

"We don't have good spacing," Mowbray said. "We'd get it inside and then try to force a tough pass. A couple times when we did get it inside, they put the ball down and got it taken away."

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