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Rebels help 'Cats' season go full circle

February 24, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport boys basketball team ended its season Monday night the same way it started - with a win against South Hagerstown.

Williamsport used a 10-0 run in the first quarter to grab a lead they protected for the final 29 minutes to cruise to a 65-47 MVAL nonconference victory.

Michael Warrenfeltz had 18 points, while Stephen Christy had 13, Colby McCauley added 11 and Casey McKenrick had 10 for Williamsport. The Wildcats (13-9) have won both games under the direction of assistant coach Ryan Grabill, who filled in for head coach Scott Mowbray, who was missing for undisclosed reasons.

Mobray is expected to return to the team today.

"We've done the same things. Coach (Mowbray) has built an outstanding program here," said Grabill, of the Wildcats, who topped the Rebels 48-41 in its season-opener on Dec. 9. "We wouldn't even need a coach out there because the guys know what we want out of them. They executed and defended and kept (South) in the 40s again."

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Eric Baymon was the high scorer with eight points for South (9-13), which shot 17-for-55 from the field (30.9 percent) while losing its sixth straight game.

"It's bad right now," said South coach Kevin Naylor. "We have a couple days of practice and I hope we can get it turned around. We just need to get back in the gym and work on our offensive schemes and our defensive schemes."

The Rebels led in the opening minutes before Williamsport scored 10 straight points to take a 13-6 lead. South got no closer than five points before the Wildcats closed the game with an 11-1 spurt to seal the win.

Williamsport outrebounded the Rebels 37-25, led by McCauley with nine boards. Warrenfeltz and Christy each added seven rebounds.

"They had size and we just didn't have the weak-side help to compensate for it," Naylor said.

The Wildcats open the Maryland Class 1A West playoffs at Boonsboro on Friday and barring a string of upsets they will be on the road for the remainder of the postseason.

"We wanted to have momentum going into the playoffs," Grabill said. "We didn't want to have a bad performance and have to think about it for a few days. The seniors knew that this might be their last game on their home court and they wanted to go out with a win."

Meanwhile, the Rebels will try to snap out of their late-season funk when they host a 2A West playoff game against Francis Scott Key on Friday.

"We just need to get back in the gym," Naylor said.

Williamsport 65, South Hagerstown 47
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (9-13)

Baymon 8, Santell 6, Hoover 2, Stubbs 4, Provitt 2, Shank 6, Chase 7, Jones 4, Pierre 4, Bucher 4. Totals 17 11-23 47.
WILLIAMSPORT (13-9)
McCauley 11, Easterling 5, Arnone 4, Malott 4, Christy 13, McKenrick 10, Warrenfeltz 18. Totals 19 25-31 65.
S. Hagerstown 13 11 13 10 - 47
Williamsport 20 12 14 19 - 65

3-point goals - South 2 (Santell, Stubbs); Williamsport 2 (Malott, Christy). Fouled out - Chase. JV - South, 51-32 (SH: Davis 7; W: Wise 15).

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