Girls Basketball: Warriors rally past Wildcats

January 11, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • Boonsboro's Katie Sheridan, left, grabs a loose ball away from Williamsport's Kate Wade (22) during the first quarter of Friday night's MVAL Antietam girls basketball game at Williamsport.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly took a second timeout in the third quarter, still wondering where his offense was and when it might start to work.

Williamsport had been playing a solid defensive game against the Warriors and held a 30-24 lead with three minutes remaining in the period.

“We haven’t seen a lot of 2-3 zones like Williamsport’s and we just had to stop looking confused,” Connelly said.

The Warriors responded with buckets by Claudia Jenkins and Shannon O’Brien that cut the deficit to 30-28 at the end of the quarter, giving Boonsboro momentum heading into the final eight minutes. That served as the launching pad as the Warriors posted a 43-35 victory over the Wildcats on Friday in an MVAL Antietam clash.

“We just started overloading against the zone, using ball fakes and getting (Kristyn Davis) open,” Connelly said. “I thought the two buckets at the end of the quarter were a key to the game.”

Williamsport (4-6, 3-4) was clinging to a 33-31 lead with 4:45 left before Davis gunned in a 3-pointer from the wing to give the Warriors (8-3, 6-1) a 34-33 lead.

After a missed shot and turnover by Williamsport, Jenkins answered with a trey and Davis followed with another 3, this one giving Boonsboro a 40-33 lead with 2:11 remaining.

Leading 40-35 with 1:28 left, Williamsport couldn’t get a rebound off a missed free throw by Jenkins, who snuck in, grabbed her own miss and gave Boonsboro another possession.

“That was a hustle play by (Jenkins),” Connelly said. “We expected a hard game from Williamsport because they are well-coached. They ran some tough sets against us.”

For Williamsport coach Chris Malott, it was a case of a game having to go the full distance.

“It’s a painful loss because we played so well,” Malott said. “But that’s why the game is 32 minutes and I have all this gray hair.”

The teams were deadlocked at 19 after the first half.

Davis led all scorers with 16 points, hitting 5 of 9 3-pointers. Jenkins had nine points and Shannon O’Brien added seven points and seven rebounds.

Williamsport junior Hannah Kastelein had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Wildcats’ glaring problem was 25 turnovers.

“That was a killer,” Malott said.

Boonsboro 43, Williamsport 35
BOONSBORO (8-3, 6-1)
Davis 16, Angle 2, Jenkins 9, Sheridan 5, Bowman 2, Bingaman 2, O’Brien 7. Totals 13 11-22 43.
WILLIAMSPORT  (4-6, 3-4)
Key 6, Strite 2, Wade 7, A. Robinson 1, Kastelein 12, Palmer 7. Totals 9 13-17 35.
Boonsboro    10    9    9    15    —    43
Williamsport     7    12    11    5    —    35
3-point goals — Boonsboro 6 (Davis 5, Jenkins), Williamsport 4 (Key 2, Wade, Palmer). Fouled out — Bowman.

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