BOONSBORO —The Boonsboro Warriors girls basketball team raced out to a big lead early and then held off a comeback attempt by the Smithsburg Leopards for a 49-36 victory on Tuesday night in an MVAL Antietam game.
“I thought that our fast start was the key to our victory tonight,” Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. “I believed that our press caused them some problems. I thought that we battled through some early foul trouble. We had nine fouls in the first quarter. Morgan Angle and Kaylah Green did a good job coming off the bench, handling the ball and creating opportunities for us to score.”
Junior point guard Katie Sheridan scored 14 points on the strength of four 3-pointers, while senior forward Shannon O’Brien added 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for Boonsboro (2-0, 1-0).
Senior forward Elyse Koterwas finished with 12 points — making 8 of 9 free throws — and nine rebounds for Smithsburg (1-2, 0-1). Beverly Kum pulled down 12 rebounds and Sam Gladhill grabbed eight rebounds.
“Boonsboro played a great game,” Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. “They pressed us and they controlled the tempo of the game. We just didn’t handle the press well at all. They dominated us in the first quarter. ... They were much more the aggressive team than we were.”
Boonsboro used an 11-0 run in the first quarter to stretch its lead to 15-3 with 3:02 remaining in the period. The Warriors were up 20-8 at the end of the period, as junior forward Claudia Jenkins scored all seven of her points in the frame.
Smithsburg narrowed the gap to 21-17 with 1:12 left in the first half when Koterwas made two free throws. But Sheridan connected on a 3 with 14 seconds left in the period to give Boonsboro a 24-17 halftime advantage.
Sheridan picked up right where she left off by sinking another 3 seven seconds into the third quarter to expand the Warriors’ lead to 27-17. By the end of the period, Boonsboro held a 38-26 lead.
“I thought that Smithsburg beat us on the boards in the first half,” Connelly said. “Our kids did a much better job of boxing out and positioning themselves underneath in the third quarter.”
The Leopards made 20 of 28 free throws.
“I am proud of our kids for the way that they played hard,” Powell said.
JV: Boonsboro 46-12 (B: Sydney Alexander 15).
Boonsboro 49, Smithsburg 36
SMITHSBURG (1-2, 0-1)
Koterwas 12, Hargreaves 2, Gladhill 8, Vega 3, Shifflett 4, Kum 7. Totals 8 20-28 36.
BOONSBORO (2-0, 1-0)
Angle 7, Green 4, Jenkins 7, Sheridan 14, Bowman 3, O’Brien 14. Totals 18 9-19 49.
Smithsburg 8 9 9 10 — 36
Boonsboro 20 4 14 11 — 49
3-point goals — Boonsboro 4 (Sheridan 4).