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Warriors' Silvis comes through in the clutch

December 22, 2007|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - Courtney Silvis only had one basket on Friday night, and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Boonsboro girls basketball team.

The sophomore reserve forward grabbed an offensive rebound and put the ball in the hoop with nine seconds remaining to lift the Warriors to a 44-43 MVAL Antietam victory over Williamsport.

"For playing as bad as we did tonight, a win is a win," Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer. "Our defense kept us in the game. Our sophomores came off the bench and did a good job tonight. They were getting some clutch rebounds. It was a nice shot by Courtney Silvis. It just fell in her hands. It went in."

Brynn Arnone, a 6-foot junior center, came through with 16 rebounds and 14 points for Boonsboro (2-2, 1-0). Ashley Sullivan-Wolfe scored 15 points, Jamie Bingaman pulled down 10 rebounds and Breanne Lohman grabbed six rebounds for the Warriors.

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Kelly Beard had 24 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds for Williamsport (1-5, 0-2). Jessica Ellis made three steals, Brittany Malott added five rebounds and Hannah Cole had four rebounds for the Wildcats.

Senior forward Morgan Smith, the Wildcats' leading scorer, scored seven points in the first quarter right, but was forced to leave for the evening just 6:34 into the game when she fell on her right kneecap.

"To have Morgan Smith go down in the first quarter and then play as well as we did, I couldn't be more proud of these kids," Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. "If you can go the last three quarters with only six players, it says something about our conditioning. We played with a lot of passion and heart. You have to give Boonsboro credit. They made a shot that put them ahead."

The Warriors were able to overcome Katie Neiman and Sullivan-Wolfe, a pair of guards, fouling out.

"We were in foul trouble all night," Shaffer said. "So, we really couldn't pressure the way that we wanted to pressure. If we improve like I think that we can, then we are capable of making a run in the playoffs."

The Wildcats had to deal with many problems. Besides Smith's injury, they were without starting point guard Jessica Palmer, who broke her hand last week. Starting center Brittany Malott fouled out with 2:52 left and guard Hannah Petro played the final 3:30 of the game with four fouls.

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