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Girls Basketball: Warriors steal their way to a victory

January 09, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — On a night when Boonsboro’s girls basketball team went 16-for-70 from the field, its defense created enough offense to propel the Warriors to a 43-25 MVAL Antietam victory over the Brunswick Railroaders on Wednesday.

“We defended very well tonight,” said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. “We jumped out to an early lead and we were able to hold onto it. Give credit to Brunswick though, they played hard the whole game.”

The Warriors (7-3, 5-1) took advantage of nine first-quarter steals to take a 15-6 lead they wouldn’t give up. Tiffany Bowman had three thefts and Claudia Jenkins and Morgan Angle added two each for the Warriors in the opening frame.

Overall, Boonsboro forced Brunswick (3-8, 1-4) into 23 turnovers, including 17 steals.

“Brunswick packed in that zone and didn’t give us easy looks inside, so we had to force turnovers and get them into transition,” said Connelly. “Our girls have really jumped in with a team mentality and have really committed to defense.”

Despite their struggles on the floor, the Warriors found two forces in the paint in Jenkins (14 points) and Jordan Bingaman (a season-high 13 points).

Bingaman also was a force on the boards, nabbing 12 of Boonsboro’s 54 rebounds. Bowman led the team with 13 rebounds and Olivia Lohman added nine.

“We were without Shannon O’Brien tonight due to illness, but Bingaman stepped up and played well in her absence,” Connelly said. “O’Brien’s usually good for seven or eight rebounds a night, and Bingaman played very well for her.”

After holding a 23-9 halftime lead, Boonsboro’s shooting woes caught up with the Warriors in the third quarter as they went 3-for-15 in the period — but the Railroaders only managed to close the gap to 12 points.

The Warriors were aided by their free-throw shooting, as they hit 11 of 16 from the line for the game.

Brunswick lost Alyssa Smith-Henry early in the first quarter to an injury, which knocked the Railroaders down to a seven-girl rotation. Melanie Yeumans led Brunswick with seven points — all in the third quarter — and Erin Fisher was right behind her with six. Morgan Laing had eight rebounds and Peyton Allison added four assists.

“Boonsboro played really hard. They have a very good team,” said coach Kevin Meredith. “Under the circumstances I couldn’t be happier with our girls. They played extremely well under a seven-girl rotation and they kept battling. I can’t ask for much more than that.”

Boonsboro 43, Brunswick 25
BRUNSWICK (3-8, 1-4)
Allison 4, Miller 2, Yeumans 7, Allen 2, Smith-Henry 4, Fisher 6. Totals 9 7-17 25.
BOONSBORO (7-3, 5-1)
Davis 1, Bowman 2, Bingaman 13, Jenkins 14, Lohman 3, Angle 7, Springer 1, Green 2. Totals 16 11-16 43.
Brunswick    6    3    9    7    —    25
Boonsboro    15    8    7    13    —    43

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