Walkersville girls blast Boonsboro

February 03, 2001

Walkersville girls blast Boonsboro

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - Walkersville girls basketball coach Mike Mathis said it plainly: As Liz Smith goes, so goes Boonsboro. Thanks to sophomore forward Koffi Harrison, Smith didn't go very far. Neither did the Warriors.

Harrison held Smith, a first-team All-Area selection last year, to just 12 points while putting up 22 of her own Friday night, and the Lions scored the first 14 points of the game on the way to a 60-38 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"For Koffi to do that on Liz ... that's great," Mathis said. "She was following her all over the place, moving her feet, rebounding well. And her offense is starting to come around, too."

She turned the corner thanks to some aggressive post moves that either drew a foul or turned into layups. She had 10 of her points in the first quarter to put things out of reach early against Boonsboro (5-11, 2-10).


"That was nice. I usually start slow and get frustrated with my shooting," Harrison said. "Today, it was going in. I got some confidence and kept on going."

If Harrison found some extra adrenalin, it was likely because she took it from Smith. The senior forward averages almost 20 points per game, but needed 27 minutes just to get into double figures.

"(Smith) never let herself into this one," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "She didn't get anything going inside and then they doubled down on her.

"But Harrison was incredible. She definitely deserved the game ball tonight ... she outplayed everyone we had."

"We've been working hard on our defense for the last month," said Harrison, a sophomore who also added 17 rebounds and four steals. "That's the way we play - defense first."

The defense was certainly first for Walkersville (11-7, 9-6), but the offense wasn't far behind. The Lions forced Boonsboro into nine straight turnovers to start the game and didn't allow even a shot until there was 2:23 left in the period.

The offense backed it up by scoring on seven of its first eight possessions and continually burned Boonsboro's 2-3 and 1-3-1 zones with pinpoint lob passes from guards Heather Renner, Carolyn Muller and Kelly Schultz. Renner finished with 15 points, and the threesome combined for 11 assists.

Walkersville 60, Boonsboro 38


Renner 15, Muller 2, Trout 4, Smith 2, Harrison 22, Schultz 6, Cross 9. Totals 22-54 15-30 60.


Smith 12, Harris 2, Fulks 6, Amezcua 3, Main 3, Myers 12. Totals 17-51 4-9 38.



Three-point goals-Walkersville 1 (Renner). Fouled out-Harris.

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