BOONSBORO—The Boonsboro girls basketball team clinched second place in the MVAL Antietam Conference on Tuesday night with a 51-22 victory over the Clear Spring Blazers.
“We came out with a lot of energy,” Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. “We hit some big shots early.”
Connelly said he was really impressed with the way that his players executed on defense.
“Our defensive pressure forced some turnovers and caused some easy layups,” Connelly said. “We mixed defenses in the first half. We used a combination of zone and man-to-man defenses. I thought the girls did a good job of blocking and getting into the passing lanes.”
Boonsboro (13-7, 10-4) was so dominant on defense that it did not let Clear Spring (5-14, 1-12) score more than seven points in any quarter.
Claudia Jenkins was the only player in the game who scored in double figures as she finished with 12 points for the Warriors. She also had six steals and three assists, while Kristyn Davis and Katie Sheridan added eight points each and Jordan Bingaman and Tiffany Bowman grabbed six rebounds each for Boonsboro.
“On offense, we did a good job with the basketball both inside and outside getting open shots,” Connelly said. “Jordan Bingaman and Katie Sheridan did a great job coming off of the bench with their energy. We have won four of our last five games. I feel like that we are peaking for the playoffs.”
Samantha Staley was the top scorer for Clear Spring with nine points. Staley also came through with 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jenna Lipinski made four steals and Kristen Mellott had six rebounds for the Blazers.
“We just couldn’t handle their defensive pressure,” Clear Spring coach Bill McIntire said. “We missed easy shots and free throws in the first half. It just blew us down.”
The Warriors went 7-for-13 from the free throw line, while the Blazers ended up with a disappointing 8-for-21 performance from the line.
Boonsboro got going immediately by racing out to an 8-0 lead during the first 1:03 of the game. By the end of the period, the Warriors led 18-4.
Boonsboro kept it going in the second quarter, building a 33-8 halftime advantage.
The Boonsboro JV defeated Clear Spring 51-17 to improve its record to 13-5.
Boonsboro 51, Clear Spring 22
CLEAR SPRING (5-14, 1-12)
Elwood 6, Staley 9, Bowers 2, Mellott 5. Totals 7 8-21 22.
BOONSBORO (13-7, 10-4)
Wilkinson 4, Davis 8, Angle 2, Jenkins 12, Bowman 6, Bingaman 6, Sheridan 8, O’Brien 5. Totals 20 7-13 51.
Clear Spring 4 4 7 7 — 22
Boonsboro 18 15 12 6 — 51
3-point goals — Boonsboro 4 (Davis 2, Jenkins, Sheridan).