Girls Basketball: Warriors build up steam to knock Railroaders off the track

February 07, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — The Brunswick girls basketball team went on a roll to open the second half, but by the middle of the fourth quarter, the Railroaders were toast.

Boonsboro exploded for 42 second-half points — behind the hot shooting of Ashlyn Hawbaker and Kim Seabright — on Tuesday to collect a 60-43 MVAL Antietam victory.

Trailing by three at the half, the Railroaders (4-10, 4-6) reeled off six straight points to claim a 21-18 advantage, but it was all Boonsboro after that.

Hawbaker and Seabright scored five points each in the last six minutes of the third period as the Warriors (10-9, 7-6) grabbed a 34-26 advantage to take into the final eight minutes of the game. Hawbaker scored 12 points and Seabright added eight in the second half.

“We gave up the first (six) points of the second half, but Ashlyn Hawbaker and Kim Seabright hit a couple big shots for us,” said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. “We had some open looks in the first half, we just couldn’t convert. I felt like if we could hit a couple shots in a row, we’d be alright.”

Defenses dominated the first half as the teams combined for just 33 points, with the Warriors up 18-15 at halftime.

Brunswick managed to hit just 5 of 35 field goal attempts in the first half (14 percent), but the Warriors didn’t fare much better, knocking down just eight of 40 shots (20 percent).

“Defensively in the first half, we did a nice job stopping them,” said Railroaders coach Gaylene Gardner. “In the second half, we just lost our focus a few times and they capitalized on it.”

Boonsboro’s fortunes changed dramatically in the second half, as the Warriors drained 45 percent of their shots (15 of 33).

“I’m real proud of the way we defended in the first half,” said Connolly. “We worked hard out of the zone and we kept playing defense even though our shots weren’t falling.”

Tara Shriver paced Brunswick with 11 points, followed by Alyssa Smith-Henry’s 10-point effort.

Hawbaker led all scorers with 14 points.

JV: Boonsboro, 51-32, (Br: Erin Fisher, 7, Bo: Jordy Bingaman 16).

Boonsboro 60, Brunswick 43
BRUNSWICK (5-12, 5-8)
Demich 7, Lowman 4, Axline 2, Yoemans 7, Johnson 2, Shriver 11, Smith-Henry 10. Totals 14 11-23 43.
BOONSBORO (10-9, 7-6)
S. Smith 3, Pantos 5, A. Smith 4, Poffenberger 7, Payne 2, Hawbaker 14, Jenkins 3, Sheridan 2, Seabright 8, Bowman 3, Tucker 4, O’Brien 5. Totals 23 11-21 60.
Brunswick    5    10    11    17    —    43
Boonsboro    9    9    16    26    —    60
3-point goals — Brunswick 4 (Shriver 3, Smith-Henry), Boonsboro 3 (Seabright 2, S. Smith).

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