By TIM KOELBLE
10:59 PM EST, February 1, 2013
What are the odds of a team winning a game in whi
ch it had 32 turnovers and shot a paltry 17-for-34 from the free throw line?
“I can’t ever remember winning with 32 turnovers,” said North Hagerstown girls coach Cindy Miller after the Hubs stunned Boonsboro 53-47 on Friday night in an MVAL Antietam contest.
Those were some of the numbers for the Hubs, but the biggest numbers were on the scoreboard in the end, after a wild second half followed a first half that might have made ticket holders want a refund.
“The first half was ugly,” Miller said.
Both teams were lethargic in the first 16 minutes, combining for 29 turnovers as they played to a 16-16 tie at halftime.
“I have no idea the change at halftime, I can’t read their minds,” Miller said of the turnaround. “The girls saw we were still in the game and kept playing defense, and we got a lot of points in transition.”
Crystal McLeod — who looked as inefficient as anyone else on the floor in the first half — did a 180 in the second half and scored 20 of her game-high 26 points while being a menace to Boonsboro defensively.
Kayla Peterson added 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Hubs (5-9, 5-6) avenged a 44-34 loss to the Warriors (10-7, 7-4) on Jan. 4 and put two losses earlier this week in the rear view.
North jumped out to a 22-18 lead early in the third quarter, but Boonsboro warmed up and used a 10-0 run for a 28-22 lead, with two goals coming from Jordan Bingaman.
Boonsboro had a chance to put the Hubs away late in the third quarter, holding a 33-27 lead when North committed three straight turnovers. But the Warriors failed to convert any of them into points, and North crawled back within 35-32 by the end of the period.
“That was a big sequence in the game,” Connelly said.
North finally took the lead with 5:56 remaining when McLeod scored on a layup to make it 38-37. She followed with two free throws, and after Claudia Jenkins scored for Boonsboro to cut the Hubs’ lead to 40-39, McLeod responded with back-to-back baskets — one a 3-pointer — for a 45-39 lead.
Jenkins hit a bucket to tie the game at 46 with 1:20 left, but Peterson hit two free throws for a 48-46 lead with 1:13 to go and the Hubs never let that lead diminish.
“The girls showed some resolve and confidence,” Miller said. “We played smarter defense in the second half.”
Boonsboro hurt itself with 26 turnovers and a 10-for-19 effort from the foul line.
“We left too many points at the line and really did not play together,” Connelly said. “We were out of position defensively and didn’t play well against their zone.”
Tiffany Bowman led the Warriors with 10 points before fouling out with 1:13 left. She also had six rebounds.
North Hagerstown 53, Boonsboro 47
BOONSBORO (10-7, 7-4)
Davis 6, Angle 4, Jenkins 9, Sheridan 4, Lohman 1, O’Brien 8, Bingaman 5, Bowman 10. Totals 17 10-19 47.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (5-9, 5-6)
Williams 9, McLeod 26, Peterson 15, Porter 1, Trumpower 2. Totals 17 17-34 53.
Boonsboro 10 6 19 12 — 47
North 4 12 16 21 — 53
3-point goals — Boonsboro 3 (Davis 2, Jenkins), North 2 (McLeod 2). Fouled out — Bowman, Williams.
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