Poolesville eliminates Boonsboro

March 02, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER

BOONSBORO - The Poolesville girls basketball team displayed a classic Jeckyl and Hyde performance against Boonsboro in the Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinals Monday night.

Lucky for the second-seeded Falcons (18-4) that their favorable second half outweighed a shaky first half as they notched a 62-38 road victory over the Warriors.

"We had a very happy trigger finger, especially in the first half," said Poolesville coach Fred Swick. "We weren't patient, we missed a lot of shots and that kept them in the game."

Not only were the Warriors (11-13) in the game, but they led 25-23 at halftime, thanks to Jerica Hewitt's 3-pointer at the buzzer that kissed the glass and fell through the basket, sending the home crowd into an uproar.


It appeared Boonsboro would continue to ride its momentum after the intermission as Hewitt took an underneath pass from Jessie Ambrose and layed it in to give the Warriors a 27-23 advantage.

But after exchanging 3-pointers, the Falcons went on a 13-2 run over the final 4 1/2 minutes of the third quarter for a 40-31 lead. They outscored the Warriors 22-7 in the final period.

"They really stepped it up to open the third quarter," said Warriors coach Bernie Semler. "They made their shots and we missed ours, so it's not hard to explain how things changed."

Poolesville moved the ball around the perimeter for much of the night and hit on nine 3s.

"That wasn't the game plan when we came out," said Swick. "At the start, their defense dictated what we did. They did really well with their zone defense."

After battling to a 12-12 tie with just over 7 minutes remaining in the first half, Poolesville rolled out eight straight points for a 20-12 lead. But Boonsboro fired back and scored 10 straight points for a 22-20 advantage.

"We played very hard, but we were clearly oversized," Semler said. "I was very proud of the girls tonight, and we had a good season."

The Falcons advance to the region semifinals and will take on third-seeded Catoctin, a 76-40 winner over Brunswick on Monday.

"I'd like to say that we'll play as well in the rest of the playoffs as we did in the second half," Swick said. "But as we go on, the competition is going to get much stiffer and we'll need to play that well."

Courtney Leas had 15 points and Michele Repass added 12 for Poolesville.

Hewitt had a game-high 16 points, while Sara Keyser added nine for the Warriors.

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