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Wildcats put away Rebels in opener

December 10, 2008|By JACK HILL III

The foul line was the difference as Williamsport beat South Hagerstown 48-41 Tuesday night in a Washington County boys basketball season opener.

The Wildcats sank 17 of their 23 free throws, while the Rebels only made eight of their 18 foul shots.

"We shot the ball pretty well from the foul line," Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. "We made seven out of 11 foul shots in the fourth quarter."

South coach Kevin Naylor said the free throw shooting affected the outcome of the game.

"If we would have made our foul shots, we would have taken the lead," Naylor said. "But we didn't make them."

Colby McCauley scored a game-high 18 points for Williamsport (1-0), including an 8-for-9 performance from the free throw line.

"We practice a lot on our foul shots," McCauley said. "The coach told us to attack, execute and take control of their mistakes."

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Michael Warrenfeltz added 12 points for the Wildcats.

Antoine Malone finished with team-high totals of 15 points and 10 rebounds for South (0-1). Malone scored 13 of his points during the second half. Shane Santell scored 11 points and Bryson Bryant had six rebounds for the Rebels.

South raced out to an 11-5 lead in the first 4:40 of the game.

But the Wildcats closed out the first quarter with a 9-0 run as they proceeded to outscore the Rebels 22-5 for the rest of the first half to take a 27-16 halftime lead.

The Wildcats took their biggest lead at 37-20 with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter on a layup by Brandon Easterling.

"I thought we played defense very well in the first half," Mowbray said. "We boxed out and we made them go in with one shot and out. We were patient offensively and we made them work defensively. We wore them down. We got open shots and we were able to knock them down."

The Rebels were able to chop the lead down to three points twice during the late stages of the fourth quarter. But the missed free throws kept them from getting any closer.

"I should have had us started pressing at the beginning of the third quarter, instead of at the beginning of the fourth quarter," Naylor said.

Williamsport also won the JV game 22-21, taking the lead for the first time on a game-winning basket by Tyler Wise at the buzzer.

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