Arnone leads the way for Warriors

January 24, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

BOONSBORO -- Brynn Arnone must have felt like the Pied Piper.

No matter where the Boonsboro girls basketball team's center went under the basket, there were two or three South Hagertown defenders hovering around her like moons around a planet.

So, guess what happened once Arnone started the third quarter playing the high post?

South followed her.

No. 3 Boonsboro used Arnone's positioning along with a number of pressing defensive sets Friday to pull away for a 63-44 win over the Rebels.

The Warriors (10-3) led 35-26 at the intermission, and used the downtime to map out their decisive move by moving Arnone.


"We told her to start shooting from the top of the key," said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer. "When she started to do that, South came out to get her and it opened things up for us."

It resulted in Boonsboro outscoring South (2-10) 15-4 in the third quarter, closing the period with an 11-0 run. Arnone hit four of her team-high 18 in the stretch that was capped by four by Ashley Smothers.

"At the half, we showed them what happened," Shaffer said. "They saw what would happen if the would go inside and kick the ball out, there would be open shots and things got going right."

But it was Boonsboro's presses and traps that put the Warriors in the right position in the first place.

The Rebels got in trouble early because of the difficulty they had moving the ball past halfcourt. When South got on the offensive end, it held its own with Boonsboro ... getting to the offensive end was the problem.

"(Boonsboro) has a lot of athletes and they are very quick," said South coach Amy Schmuck. "We didn't pass well and they were in the right place at the right times. Their press was the difference."

Boonsboro got out to a 15-2 lead in the first 4:20 of the game by forcing the turnovers. But South began to beat the press to work back into the game.

The Rebels closed to within 28-24 with 1:38 left in the half on an Alex Silva 3-pointer. Boonsboro outscored South 7-2 to close the half.

Then the adjustments hurt South.

"The third quarter is our bad quarter," Schmuck said. "If we are down at the half, we struggle to get something started. We have a lot of girls with talent who will do great things. It's just going to take time."

Boonsboro led 50-30 after three quarters and led by as many as 25 in the fourth quarter.

Katie Marshall and Ashley Smothers backed Arnone with 11 points each, while Silva topped South and all scorers with 20.

Boonsboro 63, South Hagerstown 44
vJefferson 7, Silva 20, Freeman 5, Showe 3, Thompson 1, Forsythe 2, Thornton 3, Stahl 2, Bowman 1. Totals 14 12-21 44.
Smothers 11, Byers 4, Dalton 6, Silvis 7, Marshall 11, Grifith 2, Lohman 2, Arnone 18. Totals 23 16-30 63.
S. Hagerstown 9 17 4 14 -- 44

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