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Warriors girls do a slow burn to roast Liberty

December 14, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Boonsboro opened its girls basketball game on Tuesday like a ball of fire and the Warriors managed to keep the flame burning on the way to a 57-46 nonleague victory over Liberty.

The Warriors, in their first home game under new coach Max Shaffer, bolted to a 10-0 lead in the first three-and-a-half minutes of play with a tenacious defense that enabled them to score easily off of three turnovers, including two field goals by Alex Baker.

Although they never trailed, the Warriors (2-0) relaxed a little and the Lions (0-2) maneuvered back to within two points, 13-11, in two minutes.

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"We eased up some right away," said Shaffer. "We got some easy baskets off layups and I was really happy with how we picked up our intensity."

Early in the second quarter, Boonsboro increased a 21-19 lead to 29-19 as Alex Baker hit the first of her five 3-pointers and Sarah Keyser and Jerica Hewett each scored off of steals.

The Warriors changed to a matchup defense and forced 17 turnovers in the first half which helped produce 16 points.

"I like the matchup defense," said Hewett, who had six steals to go along with her 18 points, matching Baker for the team lead. "This kind of defense helps us have a chance to get more steals. We're able to communicate, match up and be competitive."

Baker sizzled at the outset of the third period with two more treys and the Warriors were up 41-25 before Liberty made one last run, scoring eight unanswered points.

Boonsboro put the lid on the Lions with baskets by Baker and Hewett, then raced to a 52-35 lead early in the final period on five points by Baker and a bucket by Shanika Lofton.

The Warriors didn't do much wrong except for a poor showing at the free throw line, hitting only 5 of 20 attempts.

"It's good to get the first one at home," said Shaffer. "I'm not happy with the foul shooting or turnovers (only 12), but we reacted well when (Liberty) tried to come back."

Baker had a tough night from the floor, hitting only 7 of 21 shots, including 5 of 14 from behind the arc, but Shaffer said that won't keep her from being an integral part of the offense.

"Everyone knows (Alex) can really get on a hot streak," said Shaffer. "We run specific plays for her behind the arc. She's a leader of this team with Hewett and Keyser. When they pick it up, everyone else does too."

Hewett and Amy Rhoderick each had seven rebounds for the Warriors.

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