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Everline quietly leads Warriors to the light

February 02, 1999|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Sometimes, no matter how hard a team struggles to overcome its own inconsistencies, it seems to be groping in the darkness, searching for a way out.

Monday night, Boonsboro (5-11) saw the light at the end of the tunnel. But this time, it wasn't a train coming from the other direction.

Coach Denny Talbert opened the throttle on the Warrior locomotive, and Boonsboro cruised to a 60-41 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory over Catoctin.

The chief engineer was point guard Brooks Everline, who scored what Talbert called a "quiet 27 points.'' Quiet, because Everline also dished out five assists and grabbed eight steals, mostly from the 1-3-1 press that befuddled the Cougars.

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"I was searching for answers tonight," said Catoctin coach Chris Barnhart. "We really didn't get down and set up our half- court offense. We were throwing the ball away on the trap up there, and we never did run an offense in the second half."

The game began with both teams experiencing difficulties. The Warriors missed half a dozen layups, and Catoctin (4-10) committed seven turnovers. But the Cougars still managed to gain a 16-12 lead on the strength of a 12-2 run to close out the period.

"Take away those two minutes at the end of the first quarter," Talbert said, "and this was the best basketball we've played. We played team basketball. Rebounding and patience were the keys."

Everline and Eamon Connelly scored all of Boonsboro's points in the second quarter.

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