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Time is on Warriors' side

December 11, 2004|By CURT HORNBECKER

BOONSBORO - Facing a Tuscarora team decimated by injuries, Boonsboro girls basketball coach Bernie Semler took full advantage. He made sure all of his players saw plenty of action.

It still proved more than Tuscarora could handle, as Boonsboro pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 55-31 victory Friday night.

"They were missing three kids," said Semler. "We knew they were down, and we wanted to get everybody some playing time."

Behind eight first-period points from Alex Baker, the Warriors (2-0) walked out to an early 18-8 lead and cruised in for the win.

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It didn't help matters that Tuscarora had trouble finding the bottom of the net, hitting just 10 of 52 field goals for the game.

"That's been our problem so far this year," said Titans coach Rachel Molesky. "We're working hard, and our shots are going to start falling. When they do, it'll be a whole different ball game."

Boonsboro widened its lead to 33-16 early in the third quarter, but an 8-0 run, sparked by Morgan Johnson's six points, pulled the Titans (1-1) to within 35-25 entering the fourth quarter.

But the Warriors' defense took over, forcing seven turnovers to spur a 14-2 rally, with eight points coming on fast-break layups. Six players scored during the run.

"We just got confused and fell apart," said Molesky. "We have a lot of young girls, and I'm very proud of the way they played. We just got tired and gave up a lot of layups. We didn't adjust fast enough."

Eight players scored for Boonsboro, with Jessica Ambrose (17 points) and Baker (12 points) leading the way.

The Titans were led by Jessica Humphrey's 12 points, followed by Johnson's 10.

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