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Big Three have big game for Warriors

January 15, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Boonsboro's Morgan Tucker guards Clear Spring's Morgan Purdham on Friday night.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — After the Boonsboro girls basketball team’s 48-44 loss to Catoctin on Thursday night, Warriors coach Max Shaffer postulated that if Ashley Smothers, Amber Smith and Kara Nettleton were to all score in double figures, that his team should be able to pull out a win.

Boonsboro’s Big Three combined for 40 points Friday night as Boonsboro dispatched Clear Spring 77-30 in an MVAL Antietam contest.

The Warriors’ domination started from the opening tip as they jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter. Smothers scored nine of her team-leading 19 points in the first period, including going 3 of 4 from the charity stripe.

“I didn’t shoot well at all last night and I wanted to have a different game,” said Smothers, who also had eight rebounds and three assists. “My parents are motivating me each night, and I didn’t think about last game, I just played.”

The Blazers (2-9, 0-7) were only 2 of 9 shooting in the first quarter and 6 of 19 in the first half, with Jess Barnhart scoring all of the Blazers’ points from the floor. Barnhart scored 21 of her team’s 30 points.

“Jess is taking control and becoming our playmaker, but we’re coming as a team, not as one player,” said Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner.

Boonsboro’s defense smelled blood in the water and came out even more ravenous in the second half.

A block party broke out in the third quarter, as Nettleton and Kim Seabright recorded two apiece to help hold Clear Spring to three points.

Nettleton finished the night with 11 points, while Smith had 10 points, five steals and five assists.

“I look for more of a team aspect,” Smith said. “I’m a lot better at passing and defending than I am at shooting.”

The Warriors (6-6, 3-4) kept the pressure on, holding the Blazers to 15 points and 21 percent shooting in the second half.

“We’re playing defense a lot quicker, but we’re getting into foul trouble,” Shaffer said. “If we play with our feet rather than our hands we can use that quickness all the time.”

JV: Boonsboro, 45-9 (B: Abby Duncan 8; CS: Jenna Knable 3).

Boonsboro 77, Clear Spring 30
CLEAR SPRING (2-9, 0-7)

Purdham 0 2-4 2, Forrest 0 0-3 0, Schlotterbeck 1 2-5 4, Dunning 1 1-4 3, Barnhart 9 2-11 21. Totals 11 7-27 30.
BOONSBORO (6-6, 3-4)
Pantos 2 3-4 7, Smothers 6 6-11 19, Smith 3 4-8 10, Nettleton 5 1-3 11, K. Payne 3 0-0 7, Seabright 3 2-3 8, O’Brien 1 1-2 3, Tucker 2 0-4 4, H. Payne 3 2-4 8. Totals 28 19-39 77.
Clear Spring    6    9    3    12    —    30
Boonsboro    25    19    14    19    —    77

3-point goals — Clear Spring 1 (Barnhart), Boonsboro 2 (Smothers, K. Payne). Rebounds — Clear Spring 24 (Purdham 8); Boonsboro 61 (O’Brien, H. Payne 10). Assists — Clear Spring 3 (Purdham 2), Boonsboro 16 (Smith, K. Payne 5). Steals — Clear Spring 3 (Forrest 2), Boonsboro 12 (Smith 5). Turnovers — Clear Spring 20. Boonsboro 15. Fouled out — Purdham.

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