Mowbray just fine with Wildcats' ugly victory

January 09, 2009|By Curt Hornbecker

WILLIAMSPORT -- For aesthetic value, Friday's Smithsburg-Williamsport boys basketball game gets low marks.

But Scott Mowbray couldn't care less.

"It's always a war with them," said Mowbray of his No. 7 Wildcats' 58-51 MVAL Antietam victory. "We've had some pretty good teams recently, but those kids aren't intimidated by us. When I can walk away with a 'W,' I just take a sigh and get back to work."

After Williamsport reversed a one-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Leopards 16-4 in the third period, Smithsburg -- despite nine fourth-quarter turnovers -- closed the gap to 51-47 with 60 seconds left. Cody Shives' seven points led the charge, and was aided by a pair of Kyle Orndorff buckets and four points from Jason Kendall.

But the Wildcats hit 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to escape with the win.

Smithsburg (2-7, 1-4) made their fourth-period run without the services of leading scorer Alan Reed, who was benched after being whistled for a technical foul with 30 seconds left in the third period, and without starting guard Steve Kretzer, who was injured midway through the fourth quarter.


In addition to the Leopards, Williamsport (6-2, 3-0) needed to overcome the loss of leading scorer Michael Warrenfeltz to illness. But a tenacious defense that forced 29 Leopards turnovers helped in that department.

"There were some big turnovers down the stretch that hurt us," said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. "Offensive execution is, obviously, something we need to continue to improve upon.

"But give them credit. They played good, solid defense, and we had trouble with it."

Williamsport's Colby McCauley led all scorers with 15 points.

Williamsport 58, Smithsburg 51
SMITHSBURG (2-7, 1-4)

Conway 7, Kendall 11, Orndorff 4, Kretzer 6, Edwards 4, Shives 7, Schroyer 2, Reed 10. Totals 18 11-15 51.

McCauley 15, Easterling 3, Arnone 6, Malott 6, Bandeff 2, Christy 6, McKendrick 12, Pllana 8. Totals 20 18-23 58.
Smithsburg 5 25 4 17 -- 51
Williamsport 14 15 16 13 -- 58

3-point goals -- Smithsburg 4 (Conway, Kendall 2, Shives). Fouled out -- McCauley. JV: Williamsport, 65-41.

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