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Girls Basketball: Warriors hold off Leopards in 1A West quarterfinal

February 25, 2013|By CURT HORNBECKER | curt.hornbecker@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Claudia Jenkins dribbles around Smithsburg's Erica Hargreaves during the first half of Monday's Maryland Class 1A West region East section girls basketball semifinal.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — By all appearances, the Boonsboro girls basketball team seemed to have things well in hand in their Maryland Class 1A West regional East sectional semifinal against Smithsburg on Monday night.

But looks proved to be deceiving, as Smithsburg trimmed a 10-point halftime deficit to just three late in the second half before the Warriors escaped with a 31-26 victory.

Boonsboro (15-8) will host North Carroll — which defeated Manchester Valley in the other section semifinal game, 49-33 — on Wednesday night.

It certainly didn’t help matters when Boonsboro point guard Morgan Angle sustained a leg injury just prior to the half and didn’t return.

Her absence was felt on both ends of the floor.

“The whole second half of the season, she got us into our offense,” said Warriors coach Sam Connelly. “We had to adjust on the fly tonight. And without her out there pressing the ball at the point, we had to get a little more conservative (defensively).”

Boonsboro’s press forced 10 first-half turnovers and allowed the Leopards (7-15) to take just 15 shots — making only two.

While Smithsburg made a game of it in the final 16 minutes — led by seven second-half points by Elyse Koterwas — the Leopards never got closer than three. The Warriors made just enough shots to keep Smithsburg at bay, and the Leopards were never able to find the shooting range.

“Had we shot better, this is a game we could have won,” said Leopards coach Jimmy Powell. “But a lot of that was the Boonsboro defense.”

Still, Powell was pleased with his team’s defensive effort, as the Warriors managed to make just three second-half field goals on 21 tries.

“I told them (at the half) that we were only five buckets down, and if we could hold them to 35 points or under, we could win the game,” said Powell. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket. But they only got 11 points in the second half. Our kids played (really well) tonight.”

After the Leopards’ 9-2 run trimmed the Warriors’ halftime lead to 22-19, the teams traded buckets, with Tiffany Bowman scoring six of her game-high 10 points in a critical five-minute stretch across the third and fourth quarters for Boonsboro.

Boonsboro 31, Smithsburg 26
SMITHSBURG (7-15)
Koterwas 9, Gladhill 3, Duckworth 3, Shifflett 7, Kum 4, Totals 9 7-12 26.
BOONSBORO (15-8)
Davis 7, Angle 2, Jenkins 2, Lohman 2, Bowman 10, Sheridan 4, O’Brien 4, Totals 11 7-16 31.
Smithsburg    4    6    9    7    —    26
Boonsboro    11    9    4    7    —    31
3-point goals — Smithsburg 1 (Koterwas), Boonsboro 2 (Davis 2).

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