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Hewett comes up huge against Wildcats' ploys

January 31, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - There was no surprising the Boonsboro girls basketball team this time around.

Stunned at the defenses they saw the last time they faced Williamsport, the Warriors were prepared for them all in Tuesday night's rematch and rolled to a 52-41 MVAL Antietam victory.

Boonsboro (10-3, 7-1) avenged its last loss - 52-42 at Williamsport on Jan. 5 - and won its fifth straight game to keep a share of the conference lead along with North Hagerstown and Catoctin.

"The last time we played (the Wildcats), they kind of caught us off guard with their triangle-and-two defense" said Boonsboro guard Jerica Hewett. "We worked on it all week in practice with me and Alex (Baker). We were going to be ready for it."

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Ready as they were, the Warriors were thrown a curve by Williamsport (8-6, 5-3), which opened the game using a box-and-one. Still, it was a defense Boonsboro was familiar with.

"Everyone's been playing either triangle-and-two or box-and-one against us to stop Jerica and Alex," said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer. "We're starting to understand how to attack those (defenses) with some other girls getting involved."

Ashley Sullivan-Wolfe was one of the Warriors' role players who got involved, scoring six first-half points off the bench. But it was Hewett who directed the show, hitting 8 of 15 shots for a game-high 24 points. She also pulled in nine rebounds and made five steals.

"One name: Jerica Hewett. She's a difference-maker," said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. "She's all over the place. She's either scoring, getting rebounds or giving out assists. She can do it all."

There were often times the Wildcats couldn't set up its defense - box-and-one, triangle-and-two, nothing - because Boonsboro was consistently beating them down the court in transition, with Hewett leading the way.

"We used four different defenses," Malott said. "But there were at least six times, from baseline to baseline, that (Hewett) beat seven of our girls down the floor."

Boonsboro scored four of its first five baskets in transition as it opened up a 19-9 lead midway through the second quarter. Williamsport got a pair of 3-pointers from Leah Mellott and a third by Hannah Petro to close the gap to 21-18. But Hewett's offensive rebound and hanging putback gave the Warriors a 24-18 lead at halftime.

Williamsport went 6-for 23 from the field with 11 turnovers in the first half.

"As horrible as we played in the first half, we were still only down six," Malott said. "We understand that we're not going to be able to play as well as we did the first time we played (Boonsboro), but we still want to see that effort."

It became clear in the third quarter that the Wildcats wouldn't be able to pull off the season sweep, turning the ball over nine more times as Boonsboro opened up a 43-25 lead. Hewett scored 11 points and Amy Rhoderick scored six of her nine in the period.

"If we have (Hewett, Rhoderick and Baker) on the same page, then we're in good shape," Shaffer said. "Those three are a big part of this team."

Baker scored only six points, but came up with three steals to help fuel the Warriors' transition game.

Williamsport went on a 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter but never got the deficit back to single-digits. Morgan Smith led the team with 17 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out, while Leah Mellott hit four 3s and finished with 14.

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