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Boys Basketball: Wildcats zone in shooting touch to zone out Cougars

February 24, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

THURMONT, Md. — Living by the “practice makes perfect” theory, the Williamsport Wildcats spent extra time working shooting since their last game on Feb. 17.

It was a game where the Wildcats scored only 35 points, including senior Alex Aleshire’s noticeable “0” in the scorebook.

That wasn’t happening on Friday night in the first round of the Maryland Class 2A West Region as Aleshire and his teammates scorched Catoctin 73-47.

Aleshire came out full throttle and coach Scott Mowbray couldn’t have been happier with the execution of the offense.

“Everyone got in the flow early and found (Alex) open,” said Mowbray. “We haven’t had that kind of start lately.”

With quick passes and ball screens, Aleshire was left open and hit four straight 3-pointers in the first five minutes and Williamsport (11-12) had a 15-6 lead.

“We worked on shooting more in practice this week and it helped,” said Aleshire. “We wanted to come out and set the tone early.”

Aleshire even had another 3-pointer — be it on three free throws after he was fouled on a 3-point shot — in the second quarter.

Ryan Crabtree hit a pair of 3s and Tyler Wise added seven points in the second quarter as the Wildcats moved their advantage to 39-26 by halftime.

While Wise scored eight points in the second half, it was pretty much the Sterling Christy show after intermission as the Wildcats pounded it inside.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore tallied 13 points, including 10 straight points late in the third quarter into the fourth as Williamsport took a 65-37 lead.

“They switched defenses on and off and we were able to run set plays for Sterling,” said Mowbray.

A goal by Wise with 5:15 remaining made it a 30-point game at 69-39.

Aleshire ended with 19 points, Wise had 17, Christy 15 and Crabtree had 12. Christy also led Williamsport with 10 rebounds and Wise had eight as Williamsport controlled the rebounding, 30-20.

“We’ve become a better team since Sterling came back,” said Aleshire. “I think we can make some noise.”

Up next for Williamsport is a visit to Poolesville on Tuesday.

Zack Shanton led Catoctin (3-21) with 14 points.

Williamsport 73, Catoctin 47
WILLIAMSPORT (11-12)
Jackson 3, Butts 5, Christy 15, Aleshire 19, Wise 17, Crabtree 12, Fridley 2. Totals  27 12-16 73.
CATOCTIN (3-21)
Jenkins 8, Laramore 8, Weaver 10, Kennedy 7, Shanton 14. Totals 17 8-12 47.
Williamsport    19    20    20    14    —    73
Catoctin    13    13    11    10    —    47
3-point goals — Williamsport 7 (Aleshire 4, Crabtree 2, Butts), Catoctin 5 (Shanton 2, Kennedy 2, Jenkins). Rebouonds — Williamsport 34 (Christy 10), Catoctin 20 (Laramore 5). Turnovers — Williamsport 16, Catoctin 14.

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