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Dalton, Arnone power Boonsboro's girls past Fort Hill

January 29, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO -- The Fort Hill bus had mechanical problems on its journey to Boonsboro on Monday. Then the Sentinels encountered a team that had no faulty mechanisms.

Brynn Arnone and Emma Dalton combined for 44 points as No. 6 Boonsboro steered its way to a 78-35 victory, its eight straight win.

"We got some fast-break points early off our press that (Fort Hill) just couldn't handle," said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer.

It was an inside-outside performance for the Warriors (10-4) with Dalton hitting eight of Boonsboro's first 10 points before Arnone warmed up to add nine points on the way to a 22-9 first-period lead.

Dalton got into early foul trouble and sat most of the second quarter, but Arnone was a force inside with eight points. In the half, she hit 9 of 11 from the foul line as Fort Hill couldn't put a halt to her efforts.

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"I started a little slow, but we got going as a team when we started talking, passing the ball," said Arnone.

With a 38-19 halftime lead, Dalton regained her outside touch with 11 points, Arnone added six and the Warriors had a 30-point bulge at 56-26 after three quarters.

Arnone finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, falling one point shy of matching the season high she had on Jan. 11 against Catoctin. Arnone hit 6 of 10 from the floor and added a team-high 10 rebounds.

It was the kind of game Shaffer said Arnone has in her.

"(Tonight) was an idea of what (Brynn) can do," he said. "We're just looking for her to do it every night."

Dalton finished with a career-high 21 points, hitting a variety of shots from 5 to 15 feet, missing only once in 11 shots.

"It's (Emma's) best game of the year," said Shaffer. "She only scores eight to 10 points a game, but tonight she was on track."

Boonsboro's defense hounded Fort Hill all night, forcing 34 turnovers and holding the Sentinels (2-10) to 35 percent shooting, compared to 48 percent (31 of 65) for the Warriors.

The Warriors were guilty of 16 turnovers, four in the second half.

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