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Baker shoots the lights out, leaves 'Cats in the dark

January 07, 2006|By CURT HORNBECKER

BOONSBORO -

It didn't seem to matter where Alex Baker was. If she got her hands on the ball, she scored.

From beyond the arc and in the paint, Baker's 25-point effort propelled the undefeated and No. 2 Boonsboro girls basketball team to a 51-34 MVAL Antietam win over rival Williamsport on Friday night.

The Warriors guard scored 11 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers, and added four more field goals in the third period - all from within the lane.

"That's just how it happened," said Baker. "They started coming out on my shots, so I started getting more open looks inside."

The Wildcats (2-6, 0-2) made matters worse by committing 13 turnovers in the third quarter, on the way to 38 for the game.

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"Offensively, we're struggling," said Williamsport coach Chris Mellott. "I think our (lack of) confidence is a factor. We're a little intimidated sometimes and the way Boonsboro plays us, we have to be players. They really go after you defensively."

With their trapping defense, the Warriors (8-0, 2-0) smothered the ball and shut down Williamsport's passing lanes.

"That second quarter is where we took control of the game," said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer. "Our press really became effective. We were a little complacent in the first quarter and I told the girls they were playing like they're 0-7, not like they're 7-0."

The Warriors responded with a 9-0 run over the opening three mi nutes of the second quarter. Jerica Hewett scored seven of the nine points to help Boonsboro break a 6-6 tie that ended the first period.

Behind Lindsey Smith's five points, Williamsport remained within striking distance for much of the third period. But a 7-0 Warriors run midway through the final period put the game away.

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