Wildcats finally break through

January 26, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN |
  • Boonsboro's Kara Nettleton, top, and Williamsport's Chelsea Myers battle for the ball in the third quarter Tuesday night at Boonsboro.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — A five-point loss to Boonsboro on Dec. 17. A nine-point loss to Smithsburg on Jan. 14. A two-point loss to Catoctin on a 3-pointer in the final seconds last Thursday.

Williamsport coach Chris Malott and the rest of the Wildcats girls basketball team was ready for a breakthrough against an above-.500 team on Tuesday.

“I’m tired of hearing about moral victories. They’re moral losses. I’m tired of losing. I want to win and the girls want to win,” Malott said. “The Catoctin loss was painful. Everyone was in tears. We want to win, and tonight, we said we were going to win.”

Mission accomplished.

Williamsport dominated the glass in its MVAL Antietam rematch at Boonsboro — grabbing 43 rebounds to the Warriors’ 23 — and put the game away with a 21-6 run in the fourth quarter for a 55-40 victory.

The Wildcats (4-9, 3-5) had four players reach double figures. Chelsea Scott and Stacey Christy each had 11 points and eight rebounds, Kayla Ewing had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Casey Arnone made 8 of 10 foul shots on the way to a 10-point night.

“Ewing owned the boards in the first half,” said Malott, whose Wildcats held a 22-15 lead and a 24-10 rebounding edge at halftime. “She’s got to own the boards, and she’s got to score when she gets it inside, her and Christy. That’s our strength, is inside.”

Foul shooting — which hasn’t been one of Williamsport’s strengths and was bad again in the first half (5-for-14) — helped the Wildcats pull away.

Williamsport made 13 of 19 in the second half, including 9 of 14 in the fourth quarter.

“I went into halftime and told them (5-for-14) was ridiculous,” Malott said. “Free throw shooting is about confidence, but it’s also about balance and concentration. That made a heck of a difference (in the second half). Imagine if we hit them in the first half.”

A 6-0 run gave Williamsport a 9-4 lead in the first quarter, and after Boonsboro (8-7, 4-5) cut the lead to one on Kayla Payne’s 3-pointer, an 11-0 run over a six-minute stretch bridging the first and second quarters pushed the Wildcats’ lead to 22-10.

The Warriors cut the lead to four at 25-21 with 4:58 left in the third quarter, and trailed by six entering the fourth, but made just 4 of 18 shots in the final eight minutes while Williamsport made 6 of 10.

“We didn’t play at all,” Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer said. “I don’t even think we showed up tonight. They outrebounded us and outplayed us.”

Kara Nettleton led the Warriors with 11 points — making three 3-pointers — while Amber Smith had nine points and Payne finished with eight. Boonsboro played without Tori Poffenberger (out for the season after ACL surgery) and Ashlyn Hawbaker (out 1-2 weeks with a torn toe tendon).

Boonsboro won the JV game, 34-31. Abby Duncan scored 12 points for the Warriors. Hannah Kastelein scored 11 points for Williamsport.

Williamsport 55, Boonsboro 40

Myers 3 1-2 7, Arnone 1 8-10 10, Scott 4 2-5 11, Ewing 4 2-4 10, Christy 4 3-5 11, Lewis 1 2-4 4, Gulnac 1 0-3 2. Totals 18-43 18-33 55.
BOONSBORO (8-7, 4-5)
H. Payne 3 0-1 6, Smith 3 3-5 9, Nettleton 3 2-3 11, K. Payne 2 2-2 8, Seabright 0 0-1 0, Smothers 2 0-0 4, O’Brien 1 0-0 2. Totals 14-52 7-12 40.
Williamsport    15    7    12    21    —    55
Boonsboro    10    5    13    12    —    40

3-point goals — Williamsport 1 (Scott), Boonsboro 5 (Nettleton 3, K. Payne 2). Rebounds — Williamsport 43 (Ewing 11), Boonsboro 23.

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