Warriors ride Ambrose's surge

December 24, 2003|by CURT HORNBECKER

BOONSBORO - After going scoreless in the first half, Jessie Ambrose probably wasn't the player Hancock coach Rocky Wills feared the most.

But the Boonsboro guard drained two 3-pointers within a 27-second span of the fourth quarter to spur the Warriors to a 60-51 victory over their Washington County foe Tuesday night.

After a similar performance in a game earlier this month, Ambrose is quickly becoming Boonsboro's designated shooter in the final eight minutes.

"She did the same thing against Fort Hill," said Warriors coach Bernie Semler. "She hit a couple 3s. She's like our fourth-quarter shooter."


And Ambrose doesn't seem to mind the role at all.

"I'm just a pressure player," said Ambrose. "I can handle the pressure, and when big time comes, I can make the plays."

The Panthers enjoyed a 48-42 lead three minutes into the fourth period when Jerica Hewett, who finished with 15 points, hit a short jumper to set the stage for Ambrose. The two bombs allowed Boonsboro to score 18 of the game's final 21 points, with Ambrose accounting for eight of them.

The loss marks the second time this month that Hancock narrowly missed defeating a county rival, losing a nail-biter to Williamsport last week.

But the Panthers certainly didn't help themselves against Boonsboro, committing 33 turnovers and hitting just two of 13 field goal attempts in the fourth quarter.

"A lot of them were unforced turnovers," said Wills. "Some of those passes we were trying to make; I don't know where they were coming from. I just hope (the girls) learn from it."

The Panthers took control early - sparked by three 3-pointers from Kris Creek in the first period - and maintained a slim margin throughout the half, claiming a 29-26 edge at the intermission.

A quick 7-2 spurt to open the third period gave Boonsboro a two-point lead, but Hancock answered with a 12-3 run, and settled for a 43-38 advantage after three quarters.

"We struggled all night long," said Semler. "Hancock has a great team, and they out-hustled us for three quarters."

Sara Keyser led Boonsboro with 17 points, and Creek's 15 sparked the Panthers.

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