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South girls stave off Boonsboro rally

December 22, 2000

South girls stave off Boonsboro rally



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


BOONSBORO - It's one thing to be in a position to win the ball game. It's another thing altogether to do something about it.

That's where the Boonsboro girls basketball team had problems Thursday night, dropping a 42-35 decision to South Hagerstown in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League contest.

The Warriors trailed 36-30 entering the fourth period when South had to work shorthanded, with two starters on the bench with four fouls and a third out with an ankle injury.

Instead of taking advantage of the situation, Boonsboro turned the ball over eight times while hitting just 1 of 11 field goal attempts. The Rebels actually increased their lead strictly from the free throw line.

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"We didn't have a point guard," said Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler. "We just didn't have anybody to run the offense. I finally pulled (center) Liz (Smith) out there to run it, but that meant we lost her inside for rebounds. There was confidence on the floor at the point."

Even when Smith was playing her normal position, South (1-4, 1-3) managed to keep her under control with a two-three zone.

"We started out in a man-to-man, but went to a zone to keep (Smith) outside the paint and take away her best shot," said Rebels coach Patty Leazier. "And even when she did post up, we kept her from getting a good shot off."

Only in the third period was Smith able to assert her presence, scoring six of her 13 points, and half of the Warriors' 12 points in the quarter.

Boonsboro (1-3, 0-3) relied on Mandy Myers in the first period. After the Rebels rolled to a 9-2 lead to open the game, Myers scored four points to help the Warriors trim the margin to 13-10.

With 2:51 left in the first half, Boonsboro claimed its only lead of the game, 18-17, but South scored the final four points for a three-point edge at the half.

The Warriors managed to pull within two points on three different occasions in the third quarter before South pulled away with a four-point run in the final 70 seconds.

Cara Crouse sparked the Rebels with 13 points, followed by Brandy Price's 12. Smith finished with 13 for Boonsboro.

South 42, Boonsboro 35


SOUTH (42)

Michael 3, Cartwright 6, Crouse 13, Starr 1, Shelley 3, Price 12, Nelson 4, Totals 14 13-33 42.

BOONSBORO (35)

Smith 13, Daugherty 2, Harris 2, Leggett 1, Amezcua 8, Selby 4, Myers 5, Totals 13 9-13 35.

South138156-42

Boonsboro108125-35

Three-point goals: South 1 (Crouse).

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