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No. 8 Warriors bounce Hubs

February 05, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

For six stellar minutes Friday night, Boonsboro's girls basketball team showed what it can do when everything is clicking.

All five starters scored in an eye-opening 15-2 run to start the game, and the No. 8 Warriors won the season's rubber match with North Hagerstown, never trailing in a one-sided 67-48 affair.

"We have five kids and all five are tough, hardened basketball players," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "They can all score and they all play well together."

North (7-9, 5-4) beat Boonsboro (13-4, 8-1) 54-52 in the Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic on Dec. 27, 2004. The Warriors answered back with a 64-56 victory on Jan. 7, and they were never threatened on Friday.

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Jerica Hewett scored the first two baskets of the game - one on a layup off the opening tip, the other on a drive down the lane - to give Boonsboro a 4-0 lead, before Valentina Wheeler scored in transition off a Cara Thompson pass to get North on the scoreboard.

It was the closest the Hubs got to the Warriors all night. Alex Baker made a 3-pointer from the right wing, Hewett found Caitlyn Selby for a basket inside, Jessica Ambrose found Sarah Keyser for an open 3 from the right wing, and Ambrose hit her own open 3 from the top of the key.

Just like that, Boonsboro had a 13-point lead with 1:55 left in the first quarter.

"They've all been playing together since the sixth grade," Semler said. "It's kind of easy to coach a team when they've played together for so long. They know where each other is on the court, and they know who to get the ball to. They're always looking to set someone else up."

The Hubs cut the lead to seven points twice in the second quarter, but 27 turnovers kept North from putting together any sustained offensive threat. Boonsboro held the Hubs' two leading scorers, Thompson and Chelsea Clark, to 11 total points.

"That was the whole key, playing defense, holding them down and hoping we could capitalize off their turnovers," Semler said.

"Our poor offense killed our defense," Hubs coach Barry Brown said. "The way you play offensively carries over mentally to the offensive end, and there's no excuse for it, but that's what happens."

Keyser finished with 18 points, scoring nine in each half, while Hewett had 14, Selby and Baker 13 each and Ambrose nine on three 3s.

Veronica Wheeler, Brooke Powell and Kate Zimmer tied for the team lead with eight points each for North, which lost point guard Denicia Fulton to an apparent knee injury in the first quarter.

"The loss of Fulton really hurt us," Brown said.

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