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Hewett reaches 1,000-point milestone

January 17, 2007|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Through all the bumps, bruises and floor burns, Jerica Hewett has managed to score 1,000 points in her illustrious high school career.

But the Boonsboro senior still gets her kicks from steals and assists.

"I knew coming into the season I needed about 150 points, and after every game, coach (Max Shaffer) has been totaling them up," said Hewett, after her 19 points gave her exactly 1,000 career points and led the Warriors to a 60-47 MVAL Antietam victory over Brunswick on Tuesday night. "But I'm not worried about scoring as much as I'm worried about steals and assists. That's what I usually look for."

The Boonsboro win comes on the heels of a dramatic come-from-behind upset of top-ranked North Hagerstown on Saturday.

Hewett, a starter since her freshman season, reached the milestone on a fast-break layup with 7:33 left in the fourth period on an assist from Alex Baker, who has a chance to reach 1,000 points later this season. Baker has 868 career points after scoring 10 on Tuesday.

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The all-time girls scoring record at Boonsboro is held by Liz Smith with 1,020, a mark Hewett is certain to pass barring injury.

Late in the third period, Hewett had a similar fast-break opportunity to reach the mark on another pass from Baker, but couldn't sink the shot.

"I thought, 'This could be it,'" said the Warriors guard, who will take her game to Shepherd College next year. "But I guess it was just nerves. On (the second) fast break, I knew I had to get it. I had to pay Alex back for the assist I didn't put in."

Not surprisingly, it was Hewett, along with Baker, Janelle Fulmer and Amy Rhoderick, who broke the game open in the second period. They combined for 18 points to extend a six-point first-quarter lead to as many as 15 late in the first half.

The decisive run came late in the second quarter, when Hewett scored six points in a 14-3 Warriors run.

"We didn't jump out as fast as we should have," said Shaffer. "I thought we could have played better. We missed a lot of layups early."

Brunswick (5-7, 3-2) got little going offensively in the first half, hitting just 8 of 38 shots and committing 10 turnovers.

"We took a lot of shots and didn't hit any of them," said Railroaders coach Gaylene Gardner. "Our defense worked well, we just didn't make any baskets."

The Warriors (7-3, 4-1) managed to push the lead to 58-33 early in the fourth period before Brunswick scored 14 of the game's last 16 points to make the final score more respectable.

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