Warriors' rally falls short against Knights

December 23, 2010|By CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent
  • Boonsboro's Shannon O'Brien, right, and Middletown's Kyler Redmond scramble for a loose ball in the second half Wednesday at Boonsboro.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — The Boonsboro girls basketball team discovered that getting to the top of a slippery slope is easy compared to the long, hard slide back down the hill.

Trailing throughout the game, the Warriors used a 10-2 run to tie the score early in the fourth period, only to watch Middletown reel off 12 of the game’s final 16 points for a 43-35 victory Wednesday night.

“I thought once we tied it, we’d go ahead and get over the hump,” said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer. “But we missed some critical foul shots down the stretch, and (the Knights) made theirs.”

After Kim Seabright nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the final 17 seconds of the third quarter for Boonsboro (3-3), and Amber Smith and Ashley Smothers combined for four free throws to open the fourth to knot the score at 31, Middletown gradually pulled away.

The Knights scored four of the next five points before a pair of Shannon O’Brien free throws closed the gap to 35-34. But four straight points by Caitlyn Roy sparked an 8-1 Middletown rally to ice the win.

“We have been averaging 60 points or better per game,” said Knights coach Bill Miskell. “Once we started taking the ball to the basket in the fourth quarter we started making some plays. We started making them do something (defensively).”

The result was Middletown spending significant time at the free throw line, and the Knights took advantage, hitting seven straight shots from the stripe in the final four minutes.

After tying the score at four apiece late in the first period, Middletown led throughout, stretching the margin to six points late in the second quarter before settling for a 20-16 lead at the half.

Middletown’s leading scorer, Jackie Kessler, averaging 16 points per game, missed the contest due to an injury, while Boonsboro’s leading scorer, Smothers, was limited to just four points.

JV: Middletown, 35-31 (M: Connor Kelly 16; B: Jordan Bingaman 8).

Middletown 43, Boonsboro 35

Staley 1 2-2 5, Kinna 1 0-0 2, Frushour 2 2-2 7, Bussard 4 0-0 8, George 2 4-6 8, Roy 2 2-2 6, Redmond 2 3-4 7, Totals 14 13-16 43.
Smothers 1 2-2 4, Smith 1 2-5 4, Nettleton 3 0-2 7, Hawbaker 3 1-4 7, Seabright 3 0-0 8, O’Brien 1 3-4 5, Totals 12 8-17 35.
Middletown    10    10    11    12    —    43
Boonsboro    6    10    11    8    —    35
3-point goals—Middletown 2 (Staley, Frushour), Boonsboro 3 (Nettleton, Seabright 2).

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