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Girls Basketball: Nothing dramatic about Warriors' win

February 24, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Boonsboro's Tiffany Bowman and Clear Spring's Amber Forrest each break for a loose ball during the Warriors' Class 1A West West win.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — Boonsboro’s girls basketball team wasted little time taking the suspense out of Friday’s Maryland Class 1A West East Sectional quarterfinal playoff game at Clear Spring.

The Warriors outscored the Blazers 32-3 in the first quarter on the way to a 77-42 victory, setting up a semifinal at North Carroll next week.

“I thought at the start of the game, our defensive pressure was good as we created some turnovers,” Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. “We attacked the ball well on defense. Out of our traps, we rotated into passing lanes. We spread the floor well tonight. We made the extra pass and we created some shots. We had a great week of practice. That led to our big win tonight.”

Sophomore reserve forward Claudia Jenkins scored eight of her game-high 14 points in the first quarter for the Warriors (12-11).

“We came in wanting to win it,” Jenkins said. “We want to go far, so every game matters. ... Everybody contributed. We trapped well and we turned the defense into offense.”

Amber Smith scored 13 points, while Shannon O’Brien added 11 points and seven rebounds for Boonsboro. Ashlyn Hawbaker had eight points and six steals, Tiffany Bowman added seven rebounds and Morgan Tucker had six rebounds.

“Tiffany Bowman was big on defense tonight for us,” Connelly said. “She hit the boards well.”

Jessica Barnhart scored 12 points and Amber Forrest added 11 points for the Blazers (5-18). Sam Staley grabbed nine rebounds and Valerie Carey blocked three shots.

“When you come out behind 32-3, you don’t come out ready to play,” Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner said. “Give credit to Boonsboro. They came out ready to play. Overall for the year, the effort was there. Towards the end of the year, we started to understand what we needed to do. We just didn’t do good tonight.”

Boonsboro went 14-for-27 from the free throw line, while Clear Spring was 16-for-36 from the charity stripe.

Boonsboro 77, Clear Spring 42
BOONSBORO (12-11)
S. Smith 3, A. Smith 13, Poffenberger 6, Hawbaker 8, Jenkins 14, Sheridan 4, Seabright 8, Bowman 4, Tucker 6, O’Brien 11. Totals 29 14-27 77.
CLEAR SPRING (5-18)
Purdham 1, Forrest 11, Staley 6, Carey 1, Barnhart 12, Mills 8, Holtzman 3. Totals 12 16-36 42.
Boonsboro    32    12    21    12    —    77
Clear Spring    3    15    11    13    —    42
3-point goals — Boonsboro 5 (Smith, Jenkins 2, Seabright 2), Clear Spring 2 (Forrest, Barnhart).

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