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Girls Basketball: 'Cats even things with Warriors

February 10, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Boonsboro's Morgan Tucker, left, and Kayla Payne, right, battle with Williamsport's Carley Robinson for a loose ball in Friday night's game.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — After Boonsboro’s girls basketball team got back over .500 with a win over Brunswick on Tuesday, the Warriors ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Williamsport on Friday.

The Wildcats didn’t let the Warriors ruin their Senior Night, shooting 55 percent in the first half en route to a 56-46 MVAL Antietam victory.

Williamsport (9-11, 5-9) — which lost 48-45 in its first meeting with Boonsboro this season — started the game on a seven-point run for the quick lead, and extended it to 21-10 by the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats kept up the frenetic pace in the second quarter by outscoring the Warriors 14-5 to stretch their lead to 35-15 at halftime.

Williamsport shot 11-for-20 in the first half, led by Hannah Kastelein’s seven points. In contrast, Boonsboro couldn’t buy a basket in the first half, only shooting 5-for-27.

“We played Brunswick last week, and I thought we played our best game of the season,” said Williamsport coach Chris Malott. “Tonight, we played our best first half of the season. Our team has mettle, they’re realizing it now.”

Boonsboro (10-10, 7-7) found its mettle in the third quarter, starting the period on an 8-2 run and outscoring Williamsport 14-11, but the Warriors still found themselves down 17 points. Kristyn Davis sparked a furious comeback for the Warriors in the fourth, scoring all eight of her bench points, but by then it was too little, too late.

Williamsport hit six of 10 free throws in the final period to put the game away.

“You can’t go down by 20 points and expect to get back in the game,” said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. “I’m proud that they fought back in the second half, but we didn’t match Williamsport’s intensity tonight.”

Not only did the Wildcats shoot 17-for-37 for the game, they also went 20-for-29 from the charity stripe. Williamsport also set the tone on the boards, outrebounding Boonsboro 34-20.

“Our girls are going up there thinking, ‘I’m going to get that rebound.’ That tells you about the confidence level at which we’re playing,” said Malott.

Senior guard Casey Arnone fell just short of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Kastelein added nine points and eight rebounds.

“Casey Arnone is a leader. She’s been fun to coach. She’s definitely stepped up mentally, which is what seniors should do,” Malott said. “We’re playing our best basketball right now, which is right were we want to be heading into the playoffs.”

Tori Poffenberger led Boonsboro with 13 points.

JV: Boonsboro, 25-22 (B: Morgan Angle 7; W: Alexis Cline 7).

Williamsport 56, Boonsboro 46
BOONSBORO (10-10, 7-7)
Pantos 6, Davis 8, Poffenberger 13, Payne 1, Hawbaker 3, Sheridan 2, Seabright 3, Bowman 4, O’Brien 6. Totals 15 14-30 46.
WILLIAMSPORT (9-11, 5-9)
Malott 8, Arnone 13, Christy 8, Key 8, Willingham 0, Strite 2, Robinson 2, Kastelein 9, Palmer 6. Totals 17 20-29 56.
Boonsboro    10    5    14    17    —    46
Williamsport    21    14    11    10    —    56
3-point goals — Boonsboro 2 (Davis 2), Williamsport 2 (Key 2). Turnovers — Boonsboro 11, Williamsport 19. Fouled out — Bowman, O’Brien, Malott.

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