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Warriors pull out stops to plug Wildcats

February 28, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER

BOONSBORO -- After struggling through the regular season with just two victories, there were very few opponents who could have provided the Boonsboro boys basketball team with some confidence entering the Maryland Class 1A West region playoffs.

Williamsport was one of those opponents.

And the Warriors took full advantage, pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 58-46 win to snap a five-game losing streak and advance to the East Sectional semifinals Tuesday against top-seeded Brunswick.

The Warriors (3-20) outscored Williamsport (13-10) 22-11 in the final 6:36 of the game.

"I'm satisfied with the win," said Boonsboro center Shane Zbir, who scored a game-high 18 points. "I could have shot a little better, and I could have gotten more offensive boards, but we won the game."

Defensively, Zbir was responsible for keeping Michael Warrenfeltz, the Wildcats' leading scorer, at bay. While Warrenfeltz finished with 12 points, he hit just six of 15 shots.

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"Our No. 1 goal was to keep (Warrenfeltz) off the glass tonight," said Warriors coach Jonathan Taylor. "We just didn't want him to beat us."

Neither team managed to establish any momentum in the first half, as the largest lead was a 17-13 Williamsport edge midway through the second quarter. But that was erased by an 8-2 Boonsboro run to end the half, giving the Warriors a 24-21 lead entering the third period.

Williamsport (13-10) regained the lead at 31-30 on a 10-4 run sparked by Casey McKenrick.

Clinging to a one-point margin early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors reeled off 14 of the next 18 points - including a pair of buckets off Seth Poffenberger backdoor cuts - to secure the win.

"We just didn't execute that well offensively," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. "We had some opportunities. We just had a hard time putting the ball in the hole.

"Our guys played very hard. We may not have executed at times, but they let it all out on the floor."

Boonsboro 58, Williamsport 46
WILLIAMSPORT (13-10)

McCauley 6, Arnone 4, Malott 6, Christy 3, McKenrick 15, Warrenfeltz 12, Totals 19 7-9 46.
BOONSBORO (3-20)
Linton 8, Welch 7, Lowery 1, Poffenberger 13, Zbir 18, Walsh 8, Schottman 3, Totals 21 10-23 58.
Williamsport 12 9 10 15 - 46
Boonsboro 11 13 10 22 - 58

3-point goals - Williamsport 1 (Christy). Boonsboro 4 (Poffenberger 2, Welch, Schottman). Fouled out: Christy.

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