Defense key to Warriors' victory

February 07, 2001|By JACK HILL III

Defense key to Warriors' victory

The Boonsboro girls basketball team found out on Tuesday night that it could go a long way with good defense.

The positive results on defense enabled the Warriors to defeat the North Hagerstown Hubs 59-51 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"The defense was really the outstanding key to this game," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "We switched our zones around. We played about four different zones against them."

Boonsboro forward Liz Smith, a 6-foot-1 senior, came through with game-high totals of 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.


"We played really tough defense for the whole time," Smith said. "We talked on defense and that is a big part of it. We played as a unit on defense and that is what it is all about. I always tell the team, 'If you play good defense, then the offense will come.' That is what happened tonight."

Smith ranks third in the Tri-State area in both scoring and rebounding. Smith averages 19.5 points and 13.2 rebounds per game.

"Since we have been playing together for two months, we know what to expect from each other through instinct," Smith added. "I have been playing together with Morgan Main for three years. We know each other's moves. We have a lot of potential on this team. I think that we can go a long way with the right mindset, which we have."

Sophomore forward Sarah Harris collected 10 points and eight rebounds, while Deidre Fulks came off of the bench to add 11 points and three steals for the Warriors (6-11 overall, 3-10). Main had five assists and six rebounds, while Ashley Amezcua also had five assists for Boonsboro.

Main ranks second in the Tri-State area with 7.5 assists per game.

Amanda McGhee collected 13 points, five steals and four assists for North Hagerstown (5-10 overall, 3-10). Autumn Parson added 13 points and seven rebounds, Marquiela Gantt scored 10 points and Ashley Mason had seven rebounds and four assists for the Hubs.

"I think that they took away some of our outside game when they went with the 1-2-2 and they put Mandy Myers out on top," North Hagerstown coach Helen Mency said. "Boonsboro did well with their pressure defense and that helped them to stay on top."

Boonsboro 59

North Hagerstown 51


Smith 24, Harris 10, Fulks 11, Amezcua 4, Main 4, Selby 2, Myers 4. Totals 25 9-15 59.


Mason 3, Stamper 2, Berry 8, McGhee 13, Hammond 2, Gantt 10, Parson 13. Totals 22 5-12 51.


North Hagerstown10141215-51

Three-point goals - North 2 (McGhee 2). JV: North, 41-29. (NH: Tashawna Spencer, 15 points. B: Katie Proudman, 15 points).

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