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Boonsboro girls give Walkersville a win

January 03, 2002

Boonsboro girls give Walkersville a win



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent
WALKERSVILLE (68)

Vernoy 3, Casadei 11, Trout 26, Harrison 19, Hessler 4, Schultz 2, Lancaster 3. Totals 26 13-19 68.

BOONSBORO (34)

Daugherty 2, Harris 13, Fulks 5, Stevens 3, Proudman 4, Selby 5, Williams 2. Totals 15 4-8 34.

Walkersville12211718-68

Boonsboro71188-34

Three-point goals - Walkersville 3 (Vernoy, Casadei 2).

JV - Walkersville, 61-16.



BOONSBORO - There was one sure sign Wednesday night that the holidays aren't over at Boonsboro High School.

The Warriors' girls basketball team is still in that it's-better-to-give-than-to-receive mentality.

The Warriors gave up 35 turnovers, and received a 68-34 shellacking at the hands of Walkersville in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League contest.

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Boonsboro could have considered itself lucky after committing 14 first-period turnovers, especially considering it trailed by just five points.

But the Lions poured it on in the second quarter, taking greater advantage of Boonsboro's miscues to outscore the Warriors, 21-11, for a 15-point halftime bulge.

"We had 14 turnovers in the first quarter, and we were still in the game," Warriors coach Bernie Semler said. "But they started capitalizing in the second quarter. They started finishing and we ran out of gas midway through the second quarter."

The Warriors were simply unable to stop the inside-outside combination of Koffi Harrison and Chelsea Trout. That duo accounted for 45 points, 21 rebounds, and 14 steals, including all but three of Walkersville's points in the decisive second period.

"Trout found the open spot tonight, and put the jumper down," Semler said. "Then when we came out and tried to find her, they dumped it inside and (Harrison) capitalized."

But the Lions' offense was set up by its defense. The pressure caused problems for the Boonsboro guards all night.

"We wanted to come in and press them," Walkersville coach Mike Mathis said. "But we weren't playing real smart early. We just weren't making our shots in the first quarter."

The Lions hit just 5 of 18 field goal tries in the first period, but the 14 turnovers limited Boonsboro to just seven attempts from the floor in the first eight minutes.

After an 11-3 stretch to end the first half handed Walkersville a 33-18 advantage, the Lions didn't let up, outscoring Boonsboro 26-10 over the next 12 minutes.

A solid 13-point effort from Sarah Harris was one of the few bright spots for the Warriors.

"She hit a couple shots from the outside," Semler said of Harris, "And that's something I've been wanting her to do. She's a good leaper, and she rebounds well, but I think tonight she took a step toward that next level."

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