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Warriors score TKO against Rebels

January 07, 2004|by CURT HORNBECKER

BOONSBORO - South Hagerstown's girls basketball team saw things go south quickly Tuesday night.

The Rebels watched a five-point deficit at the 5:15 mark of the third period balloon to 11 in just 34 seconds, and South coach Stacy Zeger was nowhere to be found, as Boonsboro took advantage of four technical fouls for a 58-48 victory in an MVAL Antietam Conference game.

The first-year Rebels coach was ejected after being called for two technical fouls when a scoring discrepancy saddled South forward Caitlin Nicewarner with four fouls instead of just three, forcing the Rebels' post player to sit out a seven-minute stretch while Boonsboro increased its lead.

"(Boonsboro's) scorer had her with four fouls, our scorer had her with three, and our statistics had her with three," said Zeger. "So I took up for my player."

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By virtue of the game being played in Boonsboro, the Warriors' scorer is considered the official scorer.

The scoring incident was likely just the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for the South coach. The Warriors were whistled for their first personal foul of the game with 16 seconds remaining in the first quarter, after the Rebels had accumulated nine fouls.

For the game, South was called for 24 fouls (excluding Nicewarner's phantom foul) to just 12 for Boonsboro. The Warriors scored 30 points from the free throw line to just five for South, and made more attempts from the charity stripe (46) than from the field (42).

"A game should not be decided by the refs," Zeger said. "And I think that's what happened tonight."

"Yes, I think the game got out of control," said Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler. "I think the refs tried to do a good job of keeping the coaches under control. I think we (the coaches) got on the refs a little too much, and they did what they were supposed to do."

Meanwhile, Boonsboro guard Jessie Ambrose took full advantage of the situation, hitting seven of eight technical free throws - 17 of 20 for the game - to spark a rally that saw the Warriors' lead expand to 53-37 midway through the fourth period.

But Sade Williams and Jamie Fowler combined to hit three straight 3s, and Janay Brown added a jumper to close the gap to seven points with 94 seconds left.

Ambrose and Sarah Keyser drained three of four free throws down the stretch to ice the win for Boonsboro.

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