Leopards find bright spots in another loss

February 11, 1997


Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Dave Morris isn't saying he can see the light at the end of the tunnel for his winless Smithsburg boys' basketball team, but he has reason to think next season will start out brighter than this year is winding up.

Despite absorbing an 84-45 loss to Walkersville in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game Tuesday night, the Leopards' optimism is based in part on the emergence of freshman Shane Williams, who scored 10 points in the first varsity game of his career.

"It's nice to see a freshman come in and be so successful in his first varsity game," said Morris.

Williams scored all 10 points in the fourth quarter, hitting four of his five field goal attempts, including a pair of 3-pointers.


Outside of the play of Williams - and Ken Fiscus' nine points, mostly off offensive rebounds - the story is the same as usual for Smithsburg. Walkersville (13-6, 10-5) sprinted to a 23-4 lead after eight minutes of play, hitting 10 of 20 field goals, and forcing six turnovers.

Walkersville, winners of nine of its last 10 games, had all but one player hit the scoring column and saw everyone get significant playing time. The Lions have lost just two games since Christmas, both to league-leading Williamsport.

"We play a lot of players traditionally throughout the ball game anyway" said Walkersville coach Mike Mummert. "We play 10 players on a regular basis, and everyone knows and accepts their role. Having everyone contribute is a key factor in our success this year. We have really good team chemistry.

"Our strength is playing to our potential," Mummert added. "We stress playing better each game, and that's how we approach the season. We just have to go out and play our game. Smithsburg has a really scrappy team, and, in this league, anybody can win on any given night."

That scrappy attitude was especially evident in the fourth period, after the game was well out of reach, as Smithsburg players dove after loose balls on several occasions.

"I was pleased with our effort tonight," said Morris. "There are some things we have to do better, but I can't complain. We were diving after the ball, so I know they didn't give up. They have a good attitude, they come to practice, they work hard, and the morale has been good, so the bottom line is we must have some pretty good kids."

Tyson Sewell scored 10 points for Smithsburg (0-18, 0-14).

Mike Baisey's 19 points paced the Lions. Justin Krajewski added 12 points.

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