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.