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Broadfording girls surprise Williamsport

December 30, 1999|By JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - With seven minutes remaining in the game, the fans from Broadfording Christian Academy started a continuous chant: "Turn it up. Turn it up."

That seemed to fire up the Lions as they got their running game going to outscore the Williamsport Wildcats 18-11 during the final seven minutes to pull out a 53-43 victory on Wednesday night in the first round of the 13th annual Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic at Williamsport High School.

The Boonsboro Warriors defeated the Flintstone Aggies 51-42 in the second game.

Flintstone (3-4) will meet Williamsport (5-1) in the consolation game tonight at 6. Boonsboro (2-3) will then face Broadfording (8-1) in the championship game at 7:45.

Senior forwards Vennece Fowlkes and Tiffany Tucker scored seven points each during the final seven minutes to help Broadfording get the win.

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"Basically, our guards shut down their guards," Fowlkes said. "B'nai Holt does a good job of bringing the ball up the court. She can also penetrate very well to the basket. We did well with boxing out and we controlled the boards."

Fowlkes collected 19 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Tucker added 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Holt had nine assists.

"We handled the pressure well and we were able to get the ball inside to our big girls, which is our strength," Broadfording coach Dana Gonzales said. "I credit our team with playing good defense for holding Williamsport to 43 points."

Stephanie Ritchie led Williamsport with 16 points. Megan Bowman grabbed eight rebounds and Becky Pulieri added six rebounds for the Wildcats.

"I think that they were better prepared in what they wanted to do than what we were," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said.

Elizabeth Smith collected 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Boonsboro over Flintstone. Jade Whipp added 10 points and nine rebounds, Robin Curley had eight rebounds and five assists and Morgan Main grabbed six rebounds for the Warriors.

Donna Gallion scored 17 points and Kristina Sipes added eight rebounds for Flintstone.

Boonsboro jumped out to a 20-2 lead in the first quarter. But Flintstone came back to cut the lead to 30-26 at halftime.

"We made way too many turnovers," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "We are going to have to play much better against Broadfording tomorrow night."

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