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Williamsport knocks off Frederick

December 08, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

FREDERICK, Md. -- The Williamsport boys basketball team pulled out a win Tuesday night that could best be described as scrappy, gritty and physical.

But depending on the prognosis, people might look back on it and explain it as costly.

Williamsport solved its rebounding troubles after halftime and used a 13-0 third-quarter run to take the lead for good in a 59-52 win at Cadet Coliseum -- the second consecutive road win against a larger school to open the season.

But what the players and coaches seemed concerned about after the hard-fought victory was the injury to junior starter Stephen Christy in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

"This stuff happens," said senior forward Casey McKenrick. "Hopefully it's not too bad, but if (Christy) misses any games we will have to step into new roles. We'll just take it game by game and hope he gets back quick."

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With the Wildcats (2-0) leading 53-46, Christy drove baseline under the basket. As the 6-foot-6 swingman left his feet under the basket, he was met by a pair of Frederick.

Christy came crashing down to the hardwood and -- after no call -- he lay on the floor dazed as action continued at the other end of the floor. On the next whistle, personnel attended to Christy who complained of pain in his hip and leg and was spitting up blood, according to Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray.

Christy was taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital following the game and his status as of press time was not reported.

"It's all a part of the game of basketball and hopefully it's not too serious and he'll be back in a few days," Mowbray said. "We have some other guys who can step in and we have a couple combinations we could use to fill the spot."

While Christy was in the game, he led Williamsport with 16 points. After his exit with 2:51 remaning, the Wildcats had little trouble maintaining the lead, thanks in part to a 9-3 edge in rebounding in the fourth quarter.

That was a flip-flop from the first half when the Wildcats pulled in only six boards, compared to 16 for the Cadets (1-1).

"We were watching too many people go after boards in the first half," said McKenrick, who led Williamsport with 10 rebounds -- eight in the second half -- to go with his 10 points. "In the second we boxed out a lot better. We also knew at halftime that we'd have to pressure them more to force turnovers because their guards are young."

The Wildcats executed their half-court trap and caused six turnovers in the third quarter -- four during their 13-point run that spanned 2:57 and gave them a 44-38 lead.

McKenrick and Connor Arnone each had eight points in the second half as Williamsport hit on 12 of 22 shots (54.5 percent). Arnone finished with 13 points and the Wildcats held Frederick to 10 field goals on 25 attempts (40 percent) after intermission.

"I thought we did a good job of keeping them from penetrating," Mowbray said. "A lot of their rebounds came from them coming down in transition, missing it and then having a body in the right place.

"We've come on the road and played a (Maryland Class) 2A and a 3A school and we're 2-0. Now we just have to get ready for Friday (home against Class 2A Liberty) and go from there."

Jalen Gee hit four 3-pointers and led Frederick with 20 points.

Williamsport 59, Frederick 52
WILLIAMSPORT (2-0)

Green 2 4-5 8, Arnone 6 0-2 13, Malott 2 1-2 5, McCauley 3 0-0 7, Christy 6 4-6 16, McKenrick 3 4-6 10. Totals 22 13-21 59.
FREDERICK (1-1)
Johnson 3 0-2 6, Smith 1 0-0 2, Dawson 3 1-4 8, Gee 7 2-3 20, Taylor 3 0-0 6, Mason 1 0-0 2, Alford 4 0-1 8. Totals 22 3-10 52.
Williamsport 12 14 18 15 -- 59
Frederick 11 19 10 12 -- 52

3-point goals -- Williamsport 2 (Arnone, McCauley); Frederick 5 (Dawson, Gee 4). Fouled out -- Alford. JV -- Williamsport, 51-41 (W: Tyler Wise 13).

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