In recent years, Boonsboro has played Catoctin tough, even in the years that the Cougars were a very, very good 1A team, not to say they aren’t creditable this season.
A matchup loomed Friday night between two potential MVAL Antietam Conference unbeatens — South Hagerstown and Catoctin — until the Warriors gladly ruined that.
Boonsboro rallied from a seven-point deficit after three quarters to hand Catoctin (6-3, 3-1 Antietam) its first loss while improving to 2-1 in the Antietam and 4-3 overall.
That outcome left South Hagerstown as the only unbeaten in league play with a 3-0 record.
“We held them to no baskets in the fourth quarter,” said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. “They had the momentum, but we switched to a matchup 2-3 zone and they had some problems.”
Boonsboro had a double-double performance from Tiffanie Bowman, who netted 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. The 6-foot senior teamed with 6-footer Shannon O’Brien to rule the boards.
“(Bowman) had a great game and is starting to get better, and we’re counting on her,” Connelly said. “We’re also getting good play from Kristyn Davis, who is shooting very well.”
The Warriors get a stern test Friday night when they host North Hagerstown (2-4, 2-2), a 49-45 victor over Williamsport on Wednesday.
“Last year, I think we looked too far ahead of things,” Connelly said. “This year, we’re just taking one game at a time.”
South Hagerstown’s Katrice Dickson leads the individual scoring among Washington County public schools with a 16.0 average.
Covering the Tri-State among schools reporting stats, Sarah Haynes, of Berkeley Springs, leads all players with a 25.2 average.
North Hagerstown’s Kayla Peterson leads the Tri-State in rebounding with a 12.3 average, one rebound per game better than Smithsburg’s Beverly Kum.
Girls Doub final
Wiped out by Mother Nature, the championship game of the Doub Classic will still have a champion when Williamsport meets Allegany on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
The longest current win streak among Washington County girls teams is a modest two games belonging to Hancock.
Wednesday’s game between North Hagerstown and Williamsport took the extremes to a new level.
In a well-played first half, albeit physical and being let to play by the officials, there were only six free throw attempts.
But the second half was officiated differently, and both teams combined for 39 trips to the free throw line, making for a long, drawn out affair eventually won by Williamsport 63-61.
Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray saw his Wildcats win a third straight game after losing four to start the season.
“We’ll continue to get better,” Mowbray said.
The Wildcats appear to be rounding into a team that, come tournament time, might be one in which a coach says, “I wouldn’t want to be playing them now.”
On the other hand, North Hagerstown still finds itself in MVAL Antietam contention despite the setback, with a 3-2 conference record.
North could have turned away and written off the game at two different points with deficits, but the Hubs had some grit in them.
“A month ago, we would have folded the tent,” Hubs coach Kevin Hartman said. “I think we’re in a situation ourselves that we’re only going to get better as the season goes on.”
In the first batch of scoring reports, Saint James junior Obi Enechionyia leads Washington County with a 21.3 average, just ahead of Broadfording’s Mawdo Sallah (19.7) and Moni Anderson (19.6).
Around the Tri-State, Dre Wills of Mercersburg Academy has a 23.3 average, and Nick Smartt, of Southern Fulton, is at 21.0.
Sallah leads Tri-State area rebounding at 14.5 per game.
Boys Doub final
The championship game of the Doub final was also shoveled away Saturday, but Williamsport and Greencastle will get another chance to determine a champion on Jan. 12 with a tipoff set for 3 p.m. Should be a great game.
Among Washington County teams, Williamsport and St. Maria Goretti have the longest current win streak going — 3.
While rankings might not mean much, they usually are fun to look at and debate.
Ten Washington County wrestlers made the recent Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings, which list the top 25 overall in each weight class for all schools in the state, public and private.
Williamsport’s Nick Miller leads the way with his No. 2 ranking at 106 pounds, while teammate Bryan Davis is No. 14 at 126.
North Hagerstown and Boonsboro have three ranked wrestlers each. For the Hubs, Brendon Colbert is No. 8 at 132, Amont Hawkins is No. 14 at 220 and Antonio Rosario is No. 20 at 182. For the Warriors, Davon Clark is No. 19 at 152, Dalton Hawkins is No. 21 at 132 and Charles Anoman is No. 24 at 126.
For South Hagerstown, Isaiah Brooks is No. 14 at 106 and Marquil Holt is No. 19 at 285.
Those rankings were released Wednesday.
In the West Virginia Wrestling Coaches Association/wvmat.com state polls, released Thursday, four local wrestlers are ranked No. 1 — Washington’s Tyler Cross (132) and Ashby Heath (220) and Musselman’s Cody Spinks (152) in Class AAA and Berkeley Springs’ Matt Parkinson (220) in Class AA-A.
Other ranked wrestlers in Class AAA include: Hedgesville’s Mike Cicchino (fifth, 145); Musselman’s P.J. Dolan (sixth, 113), Bradley Derito (fourth, 120), Todd Williams (eighth, 126), Kody Kernan (fourth, 132), Danny Arndt (seventh, 160) and Derek Estep (seventh, 220); and Washington’s Ty Reynolds (fourth, 113), Dylan Cerevalo (third, 160) and Zane Bradbury (sixth, 170).
Also for Berkeley Springs in Class AA-A, Billy Wilson is No. 6 at 126, while Ben King is No. 8 at 106.
In the Harrisburg Patriot-News PIAA District 3 rankings, released Thursday, Chambersburg’s Tanner Shoap is No. 1 at 113, while teammate Garrett Hammond is No. 2 at 152 in Class AAA. For Greencastle-Antrim, Cody Carbaugh is No. 3 at 113, while Wyatt Binkley is No. 4 at 106, also in Class AAA.
In Class AA for James Buchanan, Austin Tucker is No. 2 at 132, while Casey Glunt is No. 3 at 152.
Chambersburg’s Hammond, a senior and returning state champ, is ranked 13th in the nation at 152 by InterMat. He has signed a letter of intent with Penn State, the two-time defending NCAA team champion.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
The new year begins with the MVAL championships at Hagerstown Community College.
The MVAL small-school meet, which includes Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Smithsburg and Williamsport, will be held Friday, beginning at 4:15 p.m.
The MVAL large-school meet, which includes North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown, will be held Saturday, beginning at 1:45 p.m.
— This week’s prep notebook was compiled by assistant sports editor Andrew Mason and staff writer Tim Koelble.