Boonsboro didn’t make it easy.
The Rebels remained the conference’s lone unbeaten team by holding off the upset-minded Warriors, 54-53.
“We knew that if we won tonight, we would be up by three games in the loss column in the conference standings,” South coach Nate Naylor said. “If we play up to our capabilities for the remainder of the regular season, we can win the conference.”
With the score tied at 51, South’s Chelsey Scott made 1 of 2 free throws with 47 seconds remaining. She made 1 of 2 again with 18 seconds left to give the Rebels (12-2, 8-0) a 53-51 lead.
Kristyn Davis sank 1 of 2 foul shots with 10 seconds left as the Warriors (8-6, 6-3) cut it to one. Alexis Longfellow made 1 of 2 foul shots with 8 seconds remaining to stretch the Rebels’ lead to 54-52.
Morgan Angle went to the foul line for the Warriors with 1 second to go with a chance to tie the game. She missed the first shot before making the second for the final score. She did not seem to want to miss the second shot intentionally.
All three of South’s “Big Three” — Katrice Dickson, Tayana Stewart and Scott — wound up fouling out. Stewart managed 20 points and 10 rebounds before taking a seat for good.
“I think this was our most impressive win,” Naylor said. “Our bench had to play a majority of the second half and they executed well.”
Boonsboro (8-6, 6-3) also had three starters foul out — Katie Sheridan, Claudia Jenkins and Tiffany Bowman. But the Warriors were able to hang tough with the Rebels all the way.
“I feel like our kids really came to play tonight,” Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. “We had a bad week last week, but we responded well tonight.
“We were down by nine at the half. South was getting to the basket too easily in the second quarter, so I made some adjustments with our defense at halftime. I’m very proud of my kids for the way that they fought back in the second half. I thought some of my younger players did well tonight.”
Dejiah Johnson had six rebounds for the Rebels.
Davis fired in 17 points, including four 3-pointers, while Shannon O’Brien added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Boonsboro. Bowman and Olivia Lohman grabbed seven rebounds each.
South Hagerstown 54, Boonsboro 53
BOONSBORO (8-6, 6-3)
Davis 17, Angle 8, Green 3, Jenkins 4, Lohman 2, Bowman 5, Bingaman 2, O’Brien 12. Totals 16 16-35 53.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (12-2, 8-0)
Bedregal 2, Scott 8, Johnson 6, Dickson 8, Longfellow 7, Stewart 20, Tillman 3. Totals 14 22-32 54.
Boonsboro 16 12 12 13 — 53
South 13 24 6 11 — 54
3-point goals — Boonsboro 5 (Davis 4, Green), South 4 (Scott, Longfellow, Stewart, Tillman). Fouled out — Sheridan, Jenkins, Bowman, Dickson, Stewart, Scott.