BOONSBORO — Four clutch plays late in the fourth quarter were enough to give Boonsboro’s girls basketball team a 48-45 victory over Williamsport in Friday night’s MVAL Antietam contest.
The Warriors (6-6, 3-4) ended a two-game slide, while the Wildcats (4-8, 1-6) dropped their fourth straight since winning their Richard E. Doub Ladies Classic.
“These were two struggling teams that really wanted to get this win,” Boonsboro coach Sam Connolly said.
Boonsboro took a 39-28 lead on Stephanie Pantos’ basket early in the fourth quarter, before Williamsport rallied to tie the game at 40 with a 12-1 run capped by Casey Arnone’s three-point play in transition with 2:34 to play. Arnone led the Wildcats with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Morgan Tucker came up big twice for the Warriors, scoring four of her eight points down the stretch. She got into the lane for a basket and a 42-40 lead with 2:12 left. After Erin Palmer retied the game at 42 with a layup in transition, Tucker hit a jumper from the right wing for a 44-42 lead with 1:02 left.
“Morgan has battled all year long,” Connolly said. “She came back from a torn ACL two years ago and last year was tough for her. She’s had games this year where her shot doesn’t fall ... but I had confidence in her.”
After Victoria Key missed a 3-point attempt that would have given Williamsport the lead, Katie Sheridan got the ball on the left wing and drove past her defender for a layup and a 46-42 Warriors lead with 25 seconds left. It was Sheridan’s only two points.
“I put her in the game because I wanted to spread the floor a little bit,” Connolly said. “She made some strong moves to the basket.”
Arnone made 1 of 2 foul shots to get the Wildcats within three with 11.1 seconds left, but Tori Poffenberger stepped to the line for a 1-and-1 chance a second later and calmly nailed both attempts to give Boonsboro a 48-43 lead.
“Tori’s another one coming back from a torn ACL,” Connolly said. “She’s worked hard to get back in shape, she loves basketball, and as a senior, she wants to take those shots.”
Arnone’s putback with 2.4 seconds left got the Wildcats back within three, and Boonsboro’s Ashlyn Hawbaker — who led all players with 20 points and added six steals — missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1.7 seconds left, but Williamsport failed to get a shot off before the final buzzer.
Neither team had a stellar shooting night. The Warriors shot 34 percent from the field (17 of 50) and 50 percent from the foul line (13 of 26), while the Wildcats shot shot 26 percent from the field (12 of 47) and 53 percent from the foul line (21 of 40).
“I don’t know what I can say when we lost by three and we missed 19 free throws. We lost because of missed free throws, end of story,” Williamsport coach Chris Malott said. “It’s frustrating. It’s not like we don’t practice them, we shoot a bunch every practice, but you can’t simulate them in a game.”
Tucker, Pantos and Stephanie O’Brien each had seven rebounds for Boonsboro.
JV: Boonsboro, 33-16 (B: Morgan Angle 14; W: Carley Robinson 5).
Boonsboro 48, Williamsport 45
WILLIAMSPORT (4-8, 1-6)
Key 13, Malott 7, Palmer 2, Strite 2, Arnone 14, Kastelein 7. Totals 12 21-40 45.
BOONSBORO (6-6, 3-4)
Pantos 4, O’Brien 4, Hawbaker 20, Bowman 2, Tucker 8, Poffenberger 5, Payne 2, Jenkins 1, Sheridan 2. Totals 17 13-26 48.
Williamsport 8 10 10 17 — 45
Boonsboro 9 14 14 11 — 48
3-point goals — Boonsboro 1 (Hawbaker). Fouled out — Arnone, O’Brien.