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Warriors hold on to beat Smithsburg

January 16, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

SMITHSBURG - Brynn Arnone enjoyed a huge first quarter and teammate Ashley Sullivan-Wolfe made some key plays in the fourth period, sparking Boonsboro to a 46-42 win over Smithsburg on Tuesday night.

Thanks to Arnone's 12-point effort in the first quarter, Boonsboro (7-4, 5-0) jumped to a 21-8 lead after eight minutes, but Smithsburg (5-7, 2-3) refused to give up - even grabbing the upper hand in the third period.

"We got complacent and left them get back in the game," Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer said. "We played like we should have in the first quarter. The rest of the game we just made too many mistakes. A lot of unforced mistakes."

Boonsboro had 28 turnovers and Smithsburg 31 in the error-filled contest. The Warriors added to their woes by hitting just 3 of 12 foul shots.

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Boonsboro was holding on to a 39-38 advantage with three minutes left in the game before Sullivan-Wolfe stole an errant Smithsburg pass.

The Warriors then put together six straight points - three by Sullivan-Wolfe - and kept the Leopards in check the rest of the way.

"I'm pleased with our effort tonight," Smithsburg coach Eddie Hargreaves said. "Arnone really hurt us in the first quarter. We switched to a diamond-and-one defense in the second half and that got us back in the game."

Arnone finished with 18 points for Boonsboro, while Chelsea Hoover led Smithsburg with 10.

"I thought Chelsea had a great game for us," Hargreaves said.

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