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Boonsboro girls edge South

January 22, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — On its first of two “Shoot Pink” nights, the Boonsboro girls basketball team raised money for breast cancer awareness — and got an MVAL Antietam victory to boot.

Wearing pink uniforms seemed to inspire the Warriors, as they raced to a 19-4 lead after one quarter and held off a few runs by South Hagerstown to get a 61-56 win Friday.

Senior Ashley Smothers scored 14 points and made four steals for Boonsboro (8-6, 4-4). Freshman Stephanie Pantos scored 11 points, while Kayla Payne added nine points.

“In the last couple of games, we have started out good,” Warriors coach Max Shaffer said. “We have been working on scoring quickly and having a good start during practice. Ashley had bronchitis today and she came out and scored 14 points. Almost all of our girls are sick, but they still play hard.”

The Rebels (2-9, 1-6) reduced the deficit to 33-23 at halftime, but by the end of the third quarter, the Warriors increased their advantage to 52-34. South played well in the final quarter, outscored the Warriors 22-9, but it wasn’t enough.

The Warriors put an emphasis on defense. Amber Smith finished with 12 rebounds and five steals in addition to four assists, and Haley Payne grabbed seven rebounds.

“I told our players that if you pressure (South), they will turn over the ball,” Shaffer said. “Our defense got our transition game going and it has always been that way. If we play good defense like that, we usually win.”

Freshman Katrice Dickson led the Rebels with 17 points, seven steals and seven rebounds. Kendra Berkley added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Kayla Freeman had 10 points.

“The girls picked up the defense on their own,” South coach Amy Deeds said. “We picked up a few steals and that led to a couple of easy baskets. A few of our kids stepped up and became leaders. They didn’t want to lose. They tried to fight until the end. Boonsboro has a lot of scrappy players. They can handle the ball well. They forced those turnovers and that helped them get a few baskets.”

In the JV game, Kristyn Davis scored 12 points to lead Boonsboro to a 41-19 win. Michelle Green led South with eight points.

Boonsboro 61, South Hagerstown 56
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (2-9, 1-6)

Helms 1 4-6 6, Johnson 1 1-2 4, Dickson 5 7-10 17, Berkley 6 0-2 12, Freeman 2 6-6 10, Showe 2 0-0 4, Small 1 1-2 3. Totals 18 19-28 56.
BOONSBORO (8-6, 4-4)
Pantos 4 3-4 11, Smothers 6 2-2 14, Smith 1 4-6 6, Nettleton 3 2-2 8, K. Payne 4 1-2 9, Seabright 4 0-0 8, H. Payne 2 1-2 5. Totals 24 13-18 61.
S. Hagerstown    4    19    11    22    —    56
Boonsboro    19    14    19    9    —    61

3-point goals—South Hagerstown 1 (Johnson).

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