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Slow start is Warriors' downfall

January 13, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — The Boonsboro girls basketball team seems to have the second half of its games figured out. The Warriors play with a sense of urgency, find their shooting stroke and distribute the ball when needed.

“We play well in the second half,” said Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer.

The first half is an entirely different story.

Despite outscoring Catoctin 25-16 in the second half on Thursday, the Warriors couldn’t dig themselves out of an early hole, falling to the Cougars 48-44 in the MVAL Antietam. Catoctin (9-2, 6-0) stayed undebeaten in the conference with the victory.

The Cougars came out on fire and never trailed in the game. They hit four of their five 3-pointers in the game in the opening quarter — two of them from Tara Woelfel — en route to an 18-10 lead.

Catoctin extended its lead to 31-19 at halftime with solid defense and a 7-0 run to start the second quarter.

Boonsboro’s Amber Smith scored eight of the Warriors’ nine second-quarter points to limit the damage.

“They shot the lights out the first half,” Shaffer said.

Cougars forward Caroline Grossweiler was a force in the post, scoring 10 points and controlling the glass with 17 rebounds.

“We played great defense in the first half and we were picking our shots well,” said Catoctin coach Amy Entwistle. “I just wish the first-half team came out in the second half.”

Catoctin’s poor second-half shooting and lapses in defense allowed the Warriors (5-6, 2-4) to come charging back. Boonsboro went on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to five before Catoctin extended the lead back to nine.  

“We talked about our shooting at halftime and made it a game,” said Shaffer. “Kara Nettleton had a breakout game.”

The Warriors kept the pressure on in the fourth, cutting the deficit back down to five with one minute left thanks in large part to five clutch free throws from Nettleton, who fnished with 16 points.

Boonsboro couldn’t get over the hump, making only 3 of 10 shots from the field in the final frame.   

Smith finished with 10 points for the Warriors. Leading scorer Ashley Smothers struggled, going 0-for-5 from the field and totalling two points.

“Our freshmen made some mistakes, and we weren’t taking good shots,” said Shaffer. “More importantly, I need Nettleton, Smith and Smothers to score in double figures every night for us to do well.”

JV: Boonsboro 39-32 (B: Kristyn Smith 10).

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CATOCTIN (9-2, 6-0)
K. Phelan 2 0-2 6, Cole 3 4-4 11, E. Phelan 2 0-4 4, Woelfel 4 4-7 14, Grossweiler 3 4-9 10, Zickefoose 1 1-2 3. Totals 15 13-28 48.
BOONSBORO (5-5, 2-4)
Pantos 0 5-6 5, Smothers 0 2-2 2, Smith 4 1-2 10, Nettleton 5 5-6 16, K. Payne 2 1-1 5, O’Brien 1 0-0 2, H. Payne 2 0-2 4. Totals 14 14-19 44.
Catoctin    18    14    6    10    —    48
Boonsboro    10    9    10    15    —    44

3-point goals — Catoctin 5 (K. Phelan 2, Woelfel 2, Cole); Boonsboro 2 (Smith, Nettleton). Rebounds — Catoctin 41 (Grossweiler 17, Woelfel 6, Zickefoose 6); Boonsboro 20 (Pantos 4, Smith 4, H. Payne 4). Steals — Catoctin 9 (Woelfel 5), Boonsboro 9 (Nettleton 4). Turnnovers — Catoctin 20, Boonsboro 20.

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