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Hewett, Baker set point marks

February 20, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Since Boonsboro's Alex Baker assisted teammate Jerica Hewett's 1,000th point just over a month ago, Hewett vowed to return the favor when it was time for Baker to join the 1,000-point club.

Hewett made good on her promise Monday night when Boonsboro hosted Catoctin in its MVAL Antietam finale.

She found Baker underneath the basket with 4:56 remaining in the fourth quarter and Baker fought through contact to finish the layup and the ensuing free throw made her the fourth Boonsboro girl to score 1,000 points.

The Warriors fought off Catoctin down the stretch for a 69-64 win.

"It's just really exciting and to be able to do it in just three years is big," said Baker, who transferred from Quince Orchard after her freshman year. "Coach (Max) Shaffer said at the beginning of the year that there was a chance we (including Hewett) could get to 1,000. And I'm glad I got to do it at home."

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Baker finished with 25 points and now has exactly 1,000 for her career. Making the moment even more special, Baker and five other teammates were honored for Senior Night before the game.

Three minutes after Baker reached her milestone, Hewett separated herself from the other 1,000-point scorers by becoming the school's all-time leading scorer. Her transition layup with 1:39 remaining gave her 1,136 points for her career, breaking Eddie Penn's record that stood for 27 years.

"It means so much to me," said Hewett, who finished with 21 points, upping her career total to 1,138. "I wasn't expecting to get it at all, but Coach Shaffer has been counting down to it."

Whether Baker and Hewett would etch their names in the Boonsboro record books appeared certain as they both entered the final period three points shy of the totals needed.

But Baker missed her first three shots and Hewett made only one attempt before she finally scored. The sighs of relief were just as prevalent as the cheers of joy.

By scoring the points they needed late, Baker and Hewett avoided having to reach their milestones at Fort Hill tonight.

"I wasn't positive that they were both going to do it tonight, but I knew they wanted to do at home," Shaffer said. "It's some they really wanted to have happen here."

In the backdrop of all the record-breaking and club-joining was the basketball game. Boonsboro pressured Catoctin into 13 turnovers in the first half and lead by as many as 12 points. But the Warriors went cold in the third quarter, hitting only 6 of 18 shots, and Catoctin managed to claw back into the game. The Cougars even took a brief 45-44 lead on Amber Kline's offensive putback with 3:44 left in the third quarter. Boonsboro regrouped to score 10 of the last 12 points of the period for a 54-47 lead.

The Warriors couldn't gain any more separation in the fourth quarter and a 3-pointer by Lauren Wildasin pulled Catoctin into a 62-62 tie with 3:14 remaining. Amy Rhoderick's 15-foot bucket regained the lead for the Warriors and Hewett's record-breaker put them ahead 67-62.

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