Warriors treat pink crowd to victory

February 04, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — On the second night of Boonsboro’s “Shoot Pink” event to raise breast cancer awareness, the pink-clad Warriors thrilled the even-pinker-clad home crowd Friday with a 62-55 come-from-behind victory over the Brunswick Railroaders in an MVAL Antietam girls basketball contest.

The “Shoot Pink” event is all thanks to junior guard Kim Seabright, who had the idea to create the event based on other athletes she had seen.

“I had seen other athletes wearing the pink bands and socks and everything, so I wanted to create an event for the basketball team,” said Seabright. “The school’s been really supportive, and I’m excited to see that ‘Shoot Pink’ may become an annual event.”

All fans wearing pink T-shirts had their entrance fees donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and BCA-Cumberland Valley, a local charity. The Warriors even got local businesses to donate money for their pink uniforms and the fans’ T-shirts.

“So far we’ve raised between $1,200 and $1,300. We’ll know the final numbers tomorrow,” said Seabright.

The fans weren’t treated to excitement right away, though, as neither the Warriors (9-8, 5-6) nor the Railroaders (5-12, 3-7) found their stroke in the first half. Amber Brown had six points for Brunswick and Stephanie Pantos scored eight points for Boonsboro as the Railroaders went into halftime with a 28-25 lead.

“I thought we needed to protect the ball offensively, that’s what we were trying to do,” said Brunswick coach Gaylene Gardner.

The third quarter went back and forth, resulting in a 39-39 tie, but the fourth quarter was where things got interesting. Brunswick’s Morgan Laing hit a layup and went 4-for-4 from the foul line to pace her team to a 55-49 lead. However, Boonsboro’s Ashley Smothers hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 3, which was the catalyst the Warriors needed.

“I feel that if we get down as a team, if someone can do something about it then it brings us together as a team,” said Ashlyn Hawbaker. “It’s a chain reaction, one good thing leads to another.”

That chain reaction was the Ashlyn Hawbaker show, as she herself went on a 10-0 run to seal Boonsboro’s victory.

Hawbaker chalked up the win to growth.   

 “We’re really grown in maturity,” said Hawbaker, who finished with a game-high 18 points. “Before, when we got down, we stayed down. We’ve learned to get past the adversity and and keep working.”

Boonsboro 62, Brunswick 55
BRUNSWICK (5-12, 3-7)

Demich 6 1-4 13, Price 1 0-0 2, Thomas 1 3-6 5, Axline 1 0-0 2, Brown 5 0-0 10, Shriver 1 0-0 2, Laing 2 5-6 9, Yoemans 1 2-4 4, Jenkins 3 2-2 8. Totals 21 13-22 55.
BOONSBORO (9-8, 5-6)
Pantos 6 1-1 13, Smothers 4 2-5 11, Smith 3 4-6 10, Nettleton 3 0-0 8, K. Payne 1 0-0 2, Hawbaker 5 8-10 18. Totals 22 15-22 62.
Brunswick    8    20    11    16    —    55
Boonsboro    10    15    14    23    —    62

3-point goals — Boonsboro 3 (Nettleton 2, Smothers). Rebounds — Brunswick 37 (Thomas 13), Boonsboro 31 (Smothers 7). Turnovers — Brunswick 31, Boonsboro 23.

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