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Catoctin finds its passing gear to motor by Boonsboro girls

February 25, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — The Catoctin Cougars pulled away from the Boonsboro Warriors in the fourth quarter Friday night to come away with a 48-36 win in a Maryland Class 1A West Region East Sectional girls basketball quarterfinal playoff game.

Catoctin (16-7) will play either Brunswick or Oakdale on Tuesday night in the section semifinals.

Friday’s game was tied 29-29 entering the fourth quarter.

“In the fourth quarter, we played smarter and we didn’t turn the ball over as much,” Catoctin coach Amy Entwistle said. “We kicked up our intensity on defense. We did a better job of breaking the press and we slowed it down offensively. We took good care of the basketball. We did a good job of fighting for position, so we could box out on the boards.”

Boonsboro completed its season with a 10-13 record.

“We played hard and we did what we wanted to do,” Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer said. “We just couldn’t make shots. We were there until the last four minutes. We were focused and we were prepared. Their size hurt us. We have been undersized all year.”

The Cougars scored first in the fourth quarter on a layup by Tara Woelfel to take the lead for good at 31-29 with 7:39 remaining.

Boonsboro kept the pressure on Catoctin as it only trailed 36-34 with 4:09 to go after a basket by Shannon O’Brien.

The Warriors had a chance to tie the score on their next possession. But their hopes for an upset quickly disappeared when a bad pass went out of bounds with 3:21 left.

From that point on, it was all downhill for Boonsboro. The Cougars outscored the Warriors 12-2 the rest of the way.

Morgan Cole had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Caroline Grossweiler had 14 rebounds and four steals for Catoctin. Kendall Zickefoose grabbed six rebounds, while Erin Phelan had three steals and three assists in the win.

“Caroline Grossweiler did a good job on the boards, while Morgan Cole had a career game tonight with her scoring and rebounding,” Entwistle said. “I give Boonsboro a lot of credit. They fought us tooth and nail right down to the very end.”

Ashley Smothers made 8 of 10 foul shots and finished with 14 points, 10 steals and six rebounds for Boonsboro. Ashlyn Hawbaker added four steals for the Warriors.

The only time Boonsboro led in the game was at 10-8 with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Catoctin 48, Boonsboro 36
CATOCTIN (16-7)

Cole 6 5-6 18, E. Phelan 1 2-2 4, Woelfel 3 2-2 9, Grossweiler 3 2-4 8, Zickefoose 4 1-1 9. Totals 17 12-15 48.
BOONSBORO (10-13)
Pantos 1 2-3 4, Smothers 3 8-10 14, Nettleton 2 0-0 6, K. Payne 2 0-0 4, Hawbaker 1 2-3 4, O’Brien 1 0-2 2, H. Payne 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 12-18 36.
Catoctin    13    12    4    19    —    48
Boonsboro    13    7    9    7    —    36

3-point goals — Catoctin 2 (Cole, Woelfel). Boonsboro 2 (Nettleton 2).

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