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Baker's touch burns Sentinels

December 24, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Alex Baker was simply following instructions.

Boonsboro girls basketball coach Max Shaffer told her at halftime to "take better shots and move more without the ball."

The result was a nine-point third quarter - after going scoreless in the first half - that propelled the Warriors to a 40-30 victory over Fort Hill on Friday night.

"I was just off in the first half," said Baker. "In the second half, we came out as a new team. We came out determined to win. (Hitting that first shot) gave me a lot more confidence."

The Sentinels rode the hot hand of Linsey Holliday in the first half. The Fort Hill guard canned 11 points as Fort Hill claimed a 19-14 advantage at the half.

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"That was probably the best offensive player we've seen this year," said Shaffer. "She can drive to the basket, pull up for a mid-range jumper, and she can hit the 3. She's tough."

But with only seconds remaining in the half and Holliday on the bench with three fouls, Sentinels coach Glenn Rice reinserted his shooting guard into the game to take the last shot. When Janelle Fulmer stole the ball for Boonsboro, Holliday committed her fourth foul 4 seconds before intermission.

"I put her in for some offense, and it backfired," said Rice. "Playing with four fouls, she wasn't able to play as aggressively, and that got our offense out of sync."

Holliday played the entire second half, but was ineffective with just two points.

Meanwhile, Baker started heating up. After draining a 3-pointer, Baker completed a three-point play to tie the score at 21-21.

The Warriors outscored Fort Hill 15-6 in the third period and entered the final eight minutes with a 29-25 lead.

Spurred by a pair of fastbreak layups from Whitney Sheppard early in the fourth quarter, and another Baker 3 later, Boonsboro extended the margin to 38-27.

Fort Hill's inability to make free throws didn't help matters. The Sentinels missed 15 of 24 shots from the line.

Baker finished with 12 points for Boonsboro, while Jerica Hewett added 11.

Holliday led all scorers with 13 points.

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