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Warriors find all answers at half to stop Wildcats

December 20, 2008|By JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - All the Boonsboro girls basketball team needed was time to talk.

The Warriors came out of the intermission with a 14-1 run to erase a 26-19 halftime deficit en route to a 52-42 victory over Williamsport on Friday in an MVAL Antietam game.

"We lost the game in the third quarter," Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. "You can't win a basketball game when you score one point in a quarter. We played an excellent first half, but a horrible third quarter. In the first half, we attacked the basket. In the second half, we backed off and we were not aggressive. If you attack the basket, then good things will happen."

Senior Emma Dalton scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half for Boonsboro (2-3, 1-0).

"My footing was a lot better in the second half and I concentrated more," Dalton said. "I tried harder to get open. I was just able to hit the open shots. We played good overall as a team. We controlled our fouls a lot better than what we did in the first half. We picked up our defense a lot and our shooting was a lot better in the second half."

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Kristen Byers tallied 11 points, which included a 9-for-15 performance from the foul line, while Brynn Arnone added eight rebounds and five steals for the Warriors.

Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer said the Warriors did a better job of executing in the second half.

"We had to go the whole first half without Brynn Arnone because she was in foul trouble," Shaffer said. "She made a difference in the second half, because Williamsport had to change their defense around. They were concentrating on Brynn and that left some of the other girls open. Emma Dalton got hot. We made a lot of turnovers in the first half. We had better rebounding and better defense in the second half."

Kelly Beard collected 14 points and nine rebounds, while Kayla Ewing added 12 points and six rebounds for Williamsport (2-3, 0-1).

Ewing scored seven points during the first quarter to enable the Wildcats to take a 15-13 lead.

Beard had six rebounds and five points during the second quarter to help Williamsport increase its advantage to 26-19 at halftime.

Arnone fueled Boonsboro's offense during the third quarter by scoring six of her eight points in the period.

Dalton got eight points during the fourth quarter to help the Warriors expand their lead.

Boonsboro 52, Williamsport 42
BOONSBORO (2-3, 1-0)

Byers 11, Dalton 18, Cochran 9, Marshall 6, Arnone 8. Totals 15 20-31 52.
WILLIAMSPORT (2-3, 0-1)

Beard 14, Petro 4, Cole 7, Shaw 5, Ewing 12. Totals 11 18-32 42.
Boonsboro 13 6 14 19 - 52
Williamsport 15 11 1 15 - 42

3-point goals - Boonsboro 2 (Dalton, Cochran). Williamsport 2 (Beard 2). JV - Boonsboro, 49-13. (Boonsboro: Amber Smith, Tori Poffenberger 10 points each.)

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