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Warriors wrangle Wildcats

December 27, 2003|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - The round trip to Williamsport has usually been a one-way journey to nowhere for the Boonsboro girls basketball team.

But the Warriors found their destination - the winner's circle - on Friday.

Jessica Ambrose scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter in a final 17-10 run as Boonsboro knocked off the host Wildcats in the opening round of the 17th annual Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic.

"For having a young ballclub, it is nice to win one over here at Williamsport," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "It is always tough to win over here. It is one of the few times that we have been in the championship game of the Doub Classic."

Boonsboro (4-3) will face Beall (4-1) in the championship game today at 3 p.m., following the 1 p.m. consolation game between North Hagerstown (1-5) and Williamsport (1-5). Beall defeated North Hagerstown 49-39 in the other first-round game.

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In what has almost become trademark fashion, Boonsboro broke open a 27-26 game in the fourth quarter behind Ambrose and Caitlyn Selby, who added five of her 13 points. Selby added eight rebounds, while Janet Cole grabbed six rebounds for Boonsboro.

"It seems like we have turned into a fourth-quarter team," Semler said. "We seemed to get the shots and the free throws when we needed them in the fourth quarter."

Lindsey Plotner led the Wildcats with 12 points and 17 rebounds.

"They got rebounds when they needed to get rebounds," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "They made their foul shots. We have to improve on those things. We are not running our offense the way that it needs to be run. They hit some big shots when they needed to."

In the first game, Beall held a two-point lead early in the third quarter before the Mountaineers rattled off a 12-4 run to close the period for a 35-25 lead as junior guard Kacey Kahl scored eight of her game-high 20 points.

The Hubs fought back to within 35-31 with 6:45 remaining, but the Mountaineers responded with seven straight points in the next 45 seconds to regain their grip. Beall led by at least nine points the rest of the game.

Kahl added eight rebounds and three steals for Beall.

"Kacey Kahl is our best player," Beall coach Tim Nightengale said. "She is an outstanding athlete and she has got a great shot. She is our go-to player. We have some players that mesh well with her. I thought our pressure defense created turnovers, which created points for us."

Junior center Chelsea Clark had 19 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman forward Cara Thompson added 13 points and five rebounds for the Hubs.

"We played hard, but we did not play smart," North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown said. "I give Beall partial credit for us playing like that. The other part was the mental mistakes that we made. I love our effort. Our decision making has to improve."

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