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Rhoderick boards up Railroaders

March 01, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - The more physical play got inside for Boonsboro center Amy Rhoderick on Tuesday night, the more motivated she became.

The Warriors senior constantly fought through the outstretched arms of Brunswick's players in the paint to control the boards while posting a double-double for a 71-44 victory in a Maryland Class 1A West East Sectional semifinal.

Rhoderick finished with 13 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for the Warriors, who will face Williamsport in the section final Thursday at 5:30 at North Hagerstown.

"(Brunswick) really played a lot more physical. They really wanted it this time," said Rhoderick, after Boonsboro defeated the Railroaders for the third time this season. "I just knew I had to fight for (the rebounds) and get them out."

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But that instinct didn't seem to kick in until after Brunswick held a 15-8 rebounding advantage in the first quarter. Then, Rhoderick came alive in the second period to grab nine rebounds - five on offense - to help Boonsboro pull even on the boards by halftime (25-25) and finish with a 49-43 edge.

"We were being outrebounded by a team that was much smaller than us," said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer. "They were controlling the boards and we had to do something to change it."

The Warriors (17-4) trailed 13-11 late in the first quarter before running off 14 straight points bridging the first and second quarters to take the lead for good. Rhoderick scored six points in the stretch, though she continually had her play disrupted while Brunswick (10-14) began to play Hack-A-Rhoderick to send her to the free-throw line.

"Once they saw I wasn't making (foul shots), I think they just kept trying to put me on the line," said Rhoderick, who hit only 5 of 13 from the line. "But when I get frustrated, I play better and I got more aggressive."

The aggressive play in the paint spread across the entire floor as the Warriors forced 26 turnovers - 16 on steals. Jerica Hewett, Jamie Bingaman, Whitney Sheppard each had three steals and Alex Baker had two. Hewett also led Boonsboro with 16 points and six assists, while Baker added 11 points.

"We just had to come out and get back to playing our style of game, like we know we can," Shaffer said.

The Warriors led 33-23 at halftime and put the game away by hitting four of their first five shots in the second half. The lead ballooned to as many as 19 in the third quarter before the reserves began to take the floor. Brynn Arnone came off the bench to score nine of her points and haul down seven of her nine rebounds after the intermission.

Megan Smitheyman had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds and Rachel McCallum grabbed 11 boards for the Railroaders. Bethany McCallum had five assists.

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