BOONSBORO —Friday’s girls basketball game between Williamsport and host Boonsboro had the feel of a playoff game.
Two teams battling for pride and second place in the MVAL Antietam Conference with 8-4 league records entering the game gave a good account for themselves in front of a good crowd.
After the bodies were done colliding in a game with a combined 38 personal fouls, Boonsboro emerged a 43-41 victor over Williamsport.
“There was a lot of pride in this gym in a great atmosphere tonight,” Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said.
“It was a war out there, like a playoff game between two equal 8-4 teams,” Williamsport coach Chris Malott said.
Like they did in their first meeting, when the Warriors outscored Williamsport 15-5 in the fourth quarter to win 43-35, Boonsboro outscored the Wildcats 14-10 in the final eight minutes for the win.
There were three ties in the first quarter, and Boonsboro (12-7 overall) never led in the game until 4:14 left, when Tiffany Bowman hit her only goal of the game for a 37-35 lead.
Karli Grimes came back with two free throws for Williamsport (9-7 overall) to make it 37-all.
Shannon O’Brien hit one free throw for a 38-37 Boonsboro lead with 2:16 left and then Williamsport made costly mistakes.
Following a timeout and an inbounds play, the Wildcats turned the ball over and Boonsboro converted on Morgan Angle’s putback of a Claudia Jenkins miss at the 1:30 mark for a 40-37 lead.
After another Williamsport turnover, Kristyn Davis hit two free throws with 17 seconds remaining for a 42-37 advantage.
Only a long-distance 3-pointer by Victoria Key with 2 seconds remaining made it closer at 43-41 before Boonsboro ran out the clock.
“Those were a couple of costly turnovers at the end of the game,” Malott said. “But I’m not faulting my girls at all tonight. They played their butts off.”
Williamsport held a 22-12 lead in the second quarter but couldn’t hold it, hurt in part by foul trouble on Carly Robinson. With her out, Boonsboro rallied to cut the lead to 22-21 at halftime.
Williamsport opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run for a 29-21 lead, but the Warriors quickly came back to within 29-27.
“We just kind of hung around and got over the hump,” said Connelly. “We switched to a 2-3 zone and that helped us against their pick and roll.”
Tied at 32 early in the fourth quarter, Key hit a 3-pointer for Williamsport, but Davis immediately answered with a 3 that put Boonsboro back in a tie.
“I thought that was a big sequence because we were able to keep some momentum,” Connelly said.
O’Brien was Boonsboro’s scoring leader with 12 points and a rebounding dynamo with 14 as the Warriors held a 38-32 margin on the glass. Angle had 12 points and Davis added 11.
Key led Williamsport with 12 points and Hannah Kastelein had nine points and 11 rebounds.
Boonsboro was guilty of only 10 turnovers and Williamsport 15.
Boonsboro 43, Williamsport 41
WILLIAMSPORT (9-7, 8-5)
Grimes 4, Key 12, Wade 8, C. Robinson 6, Kastelein 9, Palmer 2. Totals 13 10-16 43.
BOONSBORO (12-7, 9-4)
Davis 11, Angle 10, Jenkins 8, Bowman 2, O’Brien 12. Totals 14 12-24 43.
Williamsport 15 7 9 10 — 41
Boonsboro 12 9 8 14 — 43
3-point goals—Williamsport 5 (Key 4, Wade), Boonsboro 3 (Davis 3).