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Girls Basketball: Warriors go down swinging

February 27, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — When frustration canceled out determination and perspiration, the Boonsboro girls basketball team had to turn to another motivation.

“I think in the last five-six minutes of the game, we depended on effort and desperation,” said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly.

And a lot of desperation was in the air as the Warriors mounted a furious 17-3 comeback in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the game, only to fall short in a 38-36 loss to North Carroll on Wednesday in the Maryland Class 1A West region East section final.

Boonsboro came back from a 16-point deficit to move to within 37-36 with 2.7 seconds remaining in the game. North Carroll’s Lindsay Zachman hit the first of two foul shots.

Boonsboro Tiffany Bowman rebounded the second-shot miss and fired the ball to half court for a possible shot, but no one broke out to the position for the Warriors as time expired.

“We didn’t hit any shots early and still with three seconds left, we were down only one,” Connelly said. “They did everything you wanted to get back into that game ... we didn’t hit enough shots.”

It took 27 1/2 minutes of play before Boonsboro (15-9) finally received the wakeup call to start playing. The Warriors trailed 35-19 after the Panthers’ Cidney McFarland scored on a full-court drive with 4:34 remaining.

Shortly after, the Warriors started applying a press to speed up North Carroll, allowing Boonsboro to make its move.

“I guess, maybe we should have started pressing earlier,” Connelly said.

It was tough for Boonsboro to set up the pressure. The Warriors couldn’t find the basket with a compass early in the game.

Boonsboro scored 13 baskets in the game, including seven in the fourth quarter in which six came in the final flurry. Only two of those came on jump shots — both late — as the Warriors drew more iron from underneath the basket than on the rim.

The Warriors had trouble dissecting a combination of North Carroll defenses, mainly 3-2 and 2-1-2 alignments, which were too sticky to create shots.

“We really struggled shooting the ball,” Connelly said. “We couldn’t shoot the ball around the rim. You have to shoot the ball better than that against a good defensive team like North Carroll. They got out on defense and switched well and our spacing was off.”

Boonsboro trailed 7-2 after one quarter and 17-9 at the half after hitting just 2 of 24 shots and 5 of 10 foul shots in the first 16 minutes. It took 11 minutes, 40 seconds before the Warriors scored a basket, that coming with 4:20 to go before half on a Katie Sheridan drive to make the score 7-5.

North Carroll (14-10) closed with a 10-4 run to assume the eight-point halftime lead.

The Panthers pulled away in the second half, using 3s by Megan Heindel and McFarland to take a 29-17 lead by the end of the third quarter.

North Carroll opened up the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run for the 35-19 advantage that ignited the Boonsboro comeback.

Shannon O’Brien scored eight of the Warriors next 10 points, and Morgan Angle hit Boonsboro’s only 3 to cut the deficit to 36-32 with 31 seconds remaining.

Boonsboro turned to pressure and fouls to get back in the game. Sheridan drove for a layup with eight seconds remaining to cut get the Warriors to within 37-36 and set up the final sequence of events.

O’Brien was the only Warrior in double figures with 16 points. Shelly Lister worked inside to score 10 points to lead North Carroll, which advances to the 1A West final on Saturday against Southern Garrett at North Hagerstown.

“In the second half, we started to get to the basket,” Connelly said. “This team was great. We lost seven seniors last year, but the four we had this season provided great leadership. I thought we overachieved, but they came out and gave maximum effort and worked together. They are one of the best teams I’ve ever coached.”

North Carroll 38, Boonsboro 36
NORTH CARROLL (14-10)
Heindel 8, L. Zachman 5, McFarland 9, Lister 10, Schildmayer 4, Heidel 2. Totals 11 12-26 38.
BOONSBORO (15-9)
Angle 7, Jenkins 1, Bowman 3, Bingaman 2, Sheridan 7, O’Brien 16. Totals 13 9-15 36.
North Carroll    7    10    12    8    —    38
Boonsboro    2    7    8    19    —    36
3-point goals — North Carroll 4 (Heindel 2, McFarland 2), Boonsboro 1 (Angle). Fouled out — Jenkins.

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