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Warriors find their first win

December 18, 1998|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro girls basketball coach Bernie Semler isn't too picky when it comes to wins.

Some are better than others, but any chance to walk away with a victory is ultimately better than the alternative.

"It always feels great to get a nice win," he said after the Warriors edged Clear Spring 36-32 on Thursday. "It would have been even better to get a win in the MVAL, because we have only had one league win in the previous four years."

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Still, this one meant a little bit more than a regular win. It was 0-4 vs. 0-4 in a Washington County game. Something had to give, and Boonsboro was the one able to take advantage of it.

"I think that the difference was that we half-court trapped for the entire second half," Semler said. "That caused Clear Spring to make some turnovers and we got some easy buckets off of those. We kept Clear Spring from getting a lot of shots in the second half."

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Forward Ginger Robertson scored eight of her game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors hold on.

Clear Spring used a seven-point run, keyed by Holly Aleshire's four points, to to take a 28-27 lead with 5:14 reamaining. Boonsboro countered with a Liz Smith foul shot and After that, Liz Smith sank one of two foul shots and Robertson scored two baskets for a five-point flurry and a 32-28 Warriors' lead with 3:55 to go.

Aleshire (14 points, 11 rebounds) scored off of an offensive rebound to tie the score at 32-32 with 2:15 left.

Robertson iced the game with the game's last two baskets and a steal in the final 15 seconds.

"Both of our seniors, Ginger Robertson and Jessica Griffin, really stepped up," Semler said. "Jessica did a good job of rebounding (12 on the night). During the last three minutes, we ran our set man-to-man offense. Ginger scored some key buckets out of that offense."

"We have just got to learn how to win the close ball games," Clear Spring coach Bill Jones said. "We played hard, but we are so short on depth. By the time that we are in the fourth quarter, some of our players are out of breath."

Griffin grabbed 12 rebounds for the Warriors. Jade Whipp had six steals and three assists while Smith grabbed nine rebounds and Michelle Reeder had four assists.

Aleshire had 14 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for Clear Spring while Jones scored 10 points.

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