Like tools in a toolbox, Manchester Valley knows how to utilize one another to find success.
The Mavericks scored the first 23 points of the game and shut out Boonsboro in the first quarter en route to a 56-35 victory in the Class 1A West Section 2 final Thursday.
Sophomore guard Mackenzie DeWees led the Mavericks with 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Junior guard Rayna Deltuva had three points, seven rebounds, and two steals, and junior guard Jayce Klingenberg had eight points and added three assists and steals apiece.
"At the end of the day, we're trying to find kids to use their strengths and they provide something to our team every time they come in," MV coach Heather DeWees said. "All of these kids are really guards that have learned how to play post-defense and multiple positions on the court.
"They're very smart kids and they want to win."
Ashley Oakes's 3-pointer early in the second frame put the Warriors on the board, sparking an 8-0 run before DeWees landed a 3 with 2:25 remaining to put the Mavs up 26-8. Erin Piper's basket with under two minutes to go would close out the Mavs' scoring in the frame and the Warriors added four more.
The Mavs (24-1) used an 11-0 run in the third period to stay ahead of the Warriors, using swift transitions to gain momentum in the lanes. At the start of the fourth, the Mavs led 42-20. DeWees scored twice and landed two free throws and freshman guard Josey Klingenberg's first basket with about five minutes remaining came with crowd cheers of 'She's a freshman'.
After a coach's timeout at the 3-minute mark, the Warriors (15-9) went on a 7-0 run on a 3-pointer from Oakes and points from Kamilla Miller brought the Warriors within 21 to end the game.
The Mavs recently pulled up two junior varsity players, Annie Saunders and Piper, and Josey Klingenberg, who DeWees described as a "defensive pistol" said that having more depth in addition to the Mavs original "13 Strong" has helped them mesh even more.
"Working on the little things helps us in the end because it pushes us to get better as a team and work on more in the next practice," Klingenberg said. "We avoid bad habits but always have something new to work on which makes it fun."
Oakes scored a team-high 15 points in the Warriors' loss. Kamilla Miller added seven points and Sydney Stotler added five.
The Mavericks will face Southern Garrett in the 1A West final at Hagerstown Community College on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Mavs senior guard Rosalia Cappadora has used this experience to relish in the success the Mavs have had this season.
"We've had a heck of a season so far," she said. "Everyone is working so well together, we're fixing mistakes by watching film and we fix those mistakes and get out there to perform like we have been.
"Our team chemistry is just incredible."
Boonsboro (35): Ashley Wilbraham 2, Kamilla Miller 7, Ashley Oakes 15, Ellie Connelly 2, Alayna Pettyjohn 4, Sydney Stotler 5.
Manchester Valley (56): Rosalia Cappadora 2, Erin Piper 4, Josey Klingenberg 4, Rayna Deltuva 3, Jayce Klingenberg 8, Mackenzie Longest 6, Mackenzie DeWees 20, Storm Smith 8, Annie Saunders 1.
Halftime: MV, 28-11.