BOONSBORO — Boonsboro’s girls basketball team almost turned a poor shooting night into a victory against Allegany on Thursday night, but it was not to be as the Warriors fell 40-37 to the unbeaten Campers.
Both the Warriors (3-3) and the Campers (4-0) had a horrible first half shooting the ball, as both teams went 5-for-20 from the floor. Two 3 pointers by Allegany’s Stephanie Dawson — both assisted by Courtney Landis — helped the Campers cling to a 13-11 lead at halftime.
“We wasted a lot of opportunities in the first half,” said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. “We just didn’t get in sync.”
Boonsboro’s shooting woes continued in the third quarter as the Warriors only hit two field goals in the period — 3-pointers by Ashlyn Hawbaker and Claudia Jenkins.
Meanwhile, the duo of Dawson and Landis combined for 13 points to stretch Allegany’s lead to 30-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
That’s when the Warriors came alive.
Boonsboro went on a 10-0 run in the first three minutes of the final period to take a 31-30 lead with 4:57 remaining. Shannon O’Brien led the charge with six points in the run.
“We got a little rhythm there in the fourth quarter with our pressure. We got a little momentum,” Connelly said. “We’re that kind of team. We play in spurts.”
Dawson hit a field goal to put Allegany back up by a point, but Stephanie Pantos and O’Brien hit consecutive buckets to push Boonsboro’s lead to 35-32.
However, Landis hit a 3-pointer from the right wing seconds later to tie the game.
The Warriors and Campers traded baskets to put the game at 37-37. Landis stole the ball for a seemingly wide-open layup for Allegany but Pantos hustled down the floor to get the block and keep the Warriors in the game.
But a questionable foul call on O’Brien put Aimee Conley on the line with 37 seconds left. She made both free throws for a 39-37 lead, and the Campers came up with a steal.
Dawson followed by making 1 of 2 free throws for the final point with 14 seconds remaining.
Dawson and Landis each had 15 points for Allegany.
“There was no lack of effort on our part, we just didn’t get into a rhythm tonight,” Connelly said. “Allegany is well-coached, (Jim O’Neal) has his players believing in the system. We’ll look back on this game later in the season.”
O’Brien led Boonsboro with 11 points, and Amber Smith added nine points and six rebounds.
JV: Boonsboro, 43-19 (B: Jordan Bingaman 12; A: Brianna Benko, Jordan Hare 6 each).
Allegany 40, Boonsboro 37
Linaburg 2, Dawson 15, Paige 2, Landis 15, Conley 6. Totals 13 9-17 40.
Pantos 8, Smith 9, Hawbaker 5, Jenkins 3, Bowman 1, O’Brien 11. Totals 13 9-25 37.
Allegany 5 8 17 10 — 40
Boonsboro 5 6 10 16 — 37
3-point goals — Allegany 5 (Dawson 3, Landis 2); Boonsboro 2 (Hawbaker, Jenkins). Rebounds — Allegany 24 (Conley 9); Boonsboro 27 (Smith 6). Turnovers — Allegany 26; Boonsboro 23.