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Boys basketball: Wildcats starting to hit their stride

January 13, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport boys basketball team started the season slowly, but lately the Wildcats have gotten into a groove.

A 48-35 win over Boonsboro on Friday night earned he Wildcats their third consecutive win — all against MVAL Antietam opponents.

“It was one of those games where we were right on the edge of busting it wide open,” Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. “We just weren’t able to score that basket to make a serious run.”

Williamsport (4-7, 3-4) played unyielding defense for much of the contest as it held Boonsboro to single-digit scoring totals in three of the quarters.

“I’m really pleased with the defensive effort tonight,” Mowbray said. “We were able to cause a lot of turnovers.”

Some of Williamsport’s newfound success has come from the addition of Sterling Christy, who returned to the lineup at the beginning of January. Christy has provided some much needed depth for the Wildcats.

“The addition of (Christy) has added us another offensive punch,” Mowbray stated. “His length on the defensive side of the ball helps and he helps out on the boards a lot.”

The Warriors (2-9, 0-7) jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but a 13-2 Williamsport run that spanned the first and second quarters gave the Wildcats a lead they would never relinquish.

“The kids worked their tails off,” Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers said. “But we didn’t run our stuff. We have to get better offensively.”

Boonsboro didn’t have a scorer reach double digits in the contest. Its leading scorer was Justin Lewis, who finished with nine points.

Williamsport held a 22-15 halftime lead and limited Boonsboro to just seven fourth-quarter points to secure the win.

Alex Aleshire led all scorers with 16 points, while Tyler Wise finished with 15 for the Wildcats.

“We don’t score a lot as a team,” Mowbray said. “But we have some guys on the team who can take control offensively.”

Williamsport 48, Boonsboro 35
BOONSBORO (2-9, 0-7)
Lewis 9, Jardeleza 5, Miranda 5, Stephenson 4, Walsh 4, Bitner 2, Hardy 2, Seabright 2, Strunk 2. Totals 14 5-11 35.
WILLIAMSPORT (4-7, 3-4)
Aleshire 16, Wise 15, Christy 9, Butts 7, Jackson 1. Totals 15 16-26 48.
Boonsboro    9    6    13    7    —    35
Williamsport    10    12    15    11    —    48
3-point goals — Boonsboro 2 (Jardeleza, Lewis), Williamsport 2 (Aleshire 2). Technical foul — Stephenson.

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