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Warriors' top two getting job done

January 20, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

The No. 2 Boonsboro girls are 11-0 overall and tied for the MVAL Antietam lead with Catoctin at 4-0 primarily for two reasons.

Two impressive reasons.

Juniors Alex Baker and Jerica Hewett form one of the area's best 1-2 punches this season, combining to average 34 points per game. They've scored 374 of the Warriors' 644 points this season (58.1 percent).

"(When) we get both of them going, it's hard to stop us," Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer said. "Our other girls know their roles, and if (Baker or Hewett) starts getting hot, they get them the ball."

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Baker has three games of 25 or more points this season, doing most of her damage with set shots from the perimeter. She has made 29 3-pointers and averages 18.5 points.

"Alex is just a scorer," Shaffer said. "She gets hot, look out. I do certain things right now just to get her hot."

Hewett does her damage from all angles - as Brunswick found out the hard way Tuesday, when she erupted for 25 points, 11 assists and 10 steals for the second triple-double by a Tri-State girl this season. Her averages of 15.5 points, 6.4 steals, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.1 blocks per game are arguably the area's most impressive.

"Most of your good players should be able to contribute when they're not scoring," Shaffer said. "(Hewett) doesn't have to score to help you, she does everything else real well. A lot of girls think if they don't score, they aren't helping.

"She's really coming along. She's starting to take over. Her and Alex are both starting to take over."

Shaffer's primary goals are to integrate role-players, such as center Amy Rhoderick (6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds), into the offense and to continue working on the Warriors' defense.

"Our defense is improving really fast, our press, our matchup zone, man-to-man and our pressure," Shaffer said. "I told them they don't have to be great to play defense, they just have to have the heart to do it. We're an offensive team and our goal is to hold teams under 40 (points)."

Best of the week



Boys

Adam Flook, Boonsboro - Hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points in last Friday's loss to North Hagerstown, and added 18 points in Tuesday's win over Brunswick.

Scott Keeney, Clear Spring - The Blazers' outside gunner had 26 points in last Friday's loss to Catoctin and 23 more in Tuesday's loss to North.

Dylan Shives, Hancock - Played a brilliant game in Saturday's win over St. James, scoring 24 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.

Jonathan Motichka, Chambersburg - Scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds in Saturday's loss to Williamsport, Pa.

Brandon Bryan, James Buchanan - He's becoming a consistent scoring threat for the Rockets, with games of 25 points in last Friday's win over Susquenita, 17 points in Monday's win over West Perry and 23 more (along with eight boards) in Wednesday's victory over East Pennsboro.

David Thomas, McConnellsburg - Posted the only triple-double by an area boys player this season last Friday, going for 10 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks in a win over Forbes Road.

Q'Monte Matheny, Martinsburg - Scored 20 points in Tuesday's victory over Berkeley Springs and 25 more in Wednesday's triumph over Shenandoah Valley Academy.

Jordan McBeth, Cumberland Valley Christian - Had 20 points in last Friday's win over Faith Christian and 24 more in Tuesday's victory over Highland View.

Chris Apple, Faith Christian - Scored 20 points in last Friday's loss to CVCS and added 23 points in Tuesday's win over Calvary Christian.

Shannon Strange, St. James - Scored 28 points while battling an injured toe in Saturday's loss to Hancock.

Girls

Teonna Jewell, Smithsburg - Scored 15 points in a victory over Brunswick last Friday and 18 in Tuesday's win over Williamsport, helping the Leopards get back to .500 in the MVAL Antietam.

Allee Rife, Chambersburg - Erupted for 25 points and 10 rebounds Saturday in a win over Spring Grove, then added 14 points in Tuesday's loss to Cumberland Valley.

Alicia Myers, James Buchanan - Scored 17 points in last Friday's win over Susquenita, 14 in Monday's loss to West Perry and 15 more in Wednesday's win over East Pennsboro, leaving her five points short of 1,000 - a milestone she's likely to reach tonight at home against Scotland.

Emily McCoy, Berkeley Springs - Had a monster game last Thursday in a loss to Petersburg, posting 12 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks and five steals.

Miranda Payne, Cumberland Valley Christian - It was another huge week for the Blazers' sophomore. She had 23 points in a loss to New Life on Jan. 12, 27 in last Friday's loss to Faith Christian and 25 (along with seven assists and seven steals) in Tuesday's win over Highland View.

Megan Cox, Grace Academy - Had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five steals in Saturday's loss to Westmar.

Fatimah Jefferson, St. James - Scored 16 points in Tuesday's loss to Heritage Academy and had 15 points, eight rebounds and six steals in Wednesday's loss to Merecersburg Academy.

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