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Girls basketball: Boonsboro gets back to .500

January 20, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — Tori Poffenberger proved the number of points one scores is not as important as when the points are scored.

The Boonsboro senior only put four points on the board, but they came at critical times, as the Warriors clipped county rival Smithsburg 45-42 in an MVAL Antietam girls basketball game Friday night.

With the Leopards (5-5, 4-3) clinging to a one-point lead with 21 seconds left in the game, Poffenberger broke free of the Smithsburg defense and hit an easy transition bucket to give the Warriors (7-7, 4-4) the lead for good, 43-42.

“We allowed too much penetration, and too many transition baskets,” said Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart. “But give Boonsboro credit, they ran the floor well and got good looks.”

Trailing by eight at the half, the Leopards went on a 13-6 run behind a pair of Alexis Andukat 3-pointers and three points from Danielle Harbaugh. And just when Smithsburg was poised to carry that momentum into the fourth period, up stepped Poffenberger.

Receiving the inbounds pass with less than five seconds remaining, Poffenberger drove the length of the floor and scored as time expired to increase the Warriors’ lead to 34-31.

“Tori got the ball in and went until the defense stopped her,” said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. “She got to the hoop and put it in. That gave us a lot of momentum.”

In all, the Leopards pulled to within one point five times, and had eight possessions before finally taking the lead — their first lead since a 7-5 first-quarter advantage — on an Andrukat layup with 1:24 left in the game.

The lead lasted only 63 seconds before Poffenberger’s fast-break bucket.

Connelly was especially pleased with his club’s defensive effort, limiting Smithsburg to just 42 points.

“(The girls) made a commitment to play solid defense,” said Connelly. “(Smithsburg) shoots the ball well, but the girls made their commitment to defense, and they followed through.”

The Leopards hit just 16 of 52 field goal attempts (31 percent) from the floor, and managed just 38 percent (6 of 16) from the free throw line, including just one of 10 in the first half.

Elisa Owens led the Leopards with 12 points, while Ashlyn Hawbaker finished with 10 to spark Boonsboro.

JV: Boonsboro, 34-23 (S: Beverly Kum 10; B: Megan Crilley 10).

Boonsboro 45, Smithsburg 42
SMITHSBURG (5-5, 4-3)
Lee 4, Holl 4, Andrukat 10, Owens 12, Koterwas 2, Harbaugh 10, Totals 16 6-16 42.
BOONSBORO (7-7, 5-5)
Pantos 2, Smith 5, Poffenberger 4, Payne 4, Hawbaker 10, Jenkins 8, Bowman 4, Tucker 4, O’Brien 4, Totals 14 14-25 45.
Smithsburg     7    6    18    11    —    42
Boonsboro     12    9    13    11    —    45
3-point goals—Smithsburg 4 (Andrukat 2, Owens 2): Boonsboro 1 (Hawbaker).

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