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Warriors zapped by Lightning in 1A West

March 06, 1997

By JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - When the Lightning struck Wednesday night, the Boonsboro Warriors couldn't find cover.

Long Reach raced to a 43-27 halftime lead and never looked back in a 65-46 victory over Boonsboro in a Class 1A South region boys' basketball semifinal.

The Lightning lived up to its name as players raced up and down the court for easy layups.

"We never adjusted to their quickness," Boonsboro coach Curt Conway said. "We don't see too many teams that quick. We're tired and hurt and they just kind of wore us down."

Long Reach (9-13) scored seven straight points in the first quarter to take a 19-6 advantage. Boonsboro (9-16) put together a run of its own to reduce the deficit to 22-15 by the end of the quarter.

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The Warriors narrowed the gap to 28-26 with 4:30 remaining in the second quarter, but the Lightning outscored the Warriors 15-1 to close the half.

Forward Cory Linton scored eight points during the third quarter as Boonsboro trimmed the deficit to 49-39. But that's as close as the Warriors got.

"We scored the first five points of the third quarter and then we stopped them the next five times," Conway said. "But we couldn't score on any of those five times. If we could have scored some points, we could have cut the margin even more."

Linton had 17 points and nine rebounds for Boonsboro. Bill Lingenfelter scored 10 points, Andy Beard added six assists and Doug Nicodemus had six rebounds and three blocked shots.

Turon Kosh had 20 points, seven steals, five rebounds and four assists to lead the Lightning.

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