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Home-court advantage flames out for Warriors

March 02, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's girls basketball team could get nothing going offensively on a night when it had everything to lose.

The Warriors' season came to an abrupt close in the Maryland Class 1A West Region East Sectional semifinals Tuesday night, as Poolesville's defense dominated while Boonsboro suffered through a miserable night shooting the ball in a 52-38 loss.

"We were cold," said Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler. "We couldn't get anything going at the offensive end of the floor."

With the middle clogged, Boonsboro (18-6) was forced to shoot from the outside, and took 23 of those shots from beyond the 3-point line. To make matters worse, Poolesville (18-6) dominated the boards, keeping the Warriors from getting many second-chance points.

"We had a good scouting report about some of their scoring tendencies," said Falcons coach Fred Swick. "We were trying to take away their 3-point shooters. It was a typical game for us. We're a defense-oriented team. It's not unusual for us to hold a team under 40 points.

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"I thought we did a great job of boxing out. (Boonsboro) just didn't get many second and third attempts."

For the first 16 minutes, Jamie Morningstar and Katelyn Poss controlled the game, combining for 21 points as Poolesville claimed a 27-22 advantage.

Things began slipping away from Boonsboro in the third period, as the Falcons finished the quarter with a 7-2 run for a 38-28 advantage entering the final period.

Poss kept the Warriors at bay early in the fourth quarter, and Poolesville finished the game with a 9-3 run.

The Falcons successfully kept Boonsboro's leading 3-point shooter, Jessie Ambose, on ice, holding the junior guard to three points on 1 of 10 shooting.

Sophomore Alex Baker managed to pick up some of the slack with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.

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