River Hill sweeps Smithsburg

March 01, 1997


Staff Writer

SMITHSBURG - The circumstances were different, but the results were still the same.

The Smithsburg boys' basketball team fell victim to River Hill's full-court pressure in the second half and lost to the Hawks, 53-40, Friday night in the opening round of the Class 1A South playoffs.

In the girls' game, Smithsburg watched Lauren Martin shoot the lights out to start the fourth quarter as River Hill completed the sweep with a 73-63 victory.

It was an especially heartbreaking loss for Smithsburg's boys, who finished the season winless. The Leopards (0-23) led by as many as eight points late in the third quarter before turnovers and smart shooting by River Hill did them in.


"This one hurt a little more since it was the last one," said Smithsburg coach Dave Morris. "We were 0-23, but we had good people on and off the court this year. Even though it's nice to win, that's more important."

The Leopards led 19-18 at halftime, and an 11-2 run in the third extended their lead to 32-24 with two minutes left. But nine straight points by the Hawks (4-17), including five by Justin Brewer, moved River Hill up by a point early in the fourth quarter.

Nick Stevens broke the string with a jumper and Smithsburg regained the lead. River Hill quickly took it back for good, using an 12-2 streak to pull in front, 45-36, with two minutes left.

Brewer and John Alascio each had 13 points for River Hill.

Christian Broyles had 18 points to lead Smithsburg. Tyson Sewell added 11.

In the girls' game, five Smithsburg turnovers sparked a 13-0 run by River Hill (8-13) as the Hawks took a 48-46 lead at the end of three periods. Martin capped the run with a 3-pointer at the buzzer and began a streak that Smithsburg could do nothing to stop.

Martin scored 16 straight points, almost single-handedly keeping her team in the game. The Leopards (13-8) pulled ahead 58-53 on a three-point play by Tracey Leather, but Martin answered with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two. After a basket by Smithsburg's Jessica McGough, Martin scored five straight to put River Hill ahead for good, 61-60. Martin finished with 38 points.

"We tried double teaming her, we tried zones, we tried man-to-man and she just kept scoring," Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. "They play well together and they deserved to win."

Carey Brennan had 25 points and nine rebounds for Smithsburg. Rachel Bachtell had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tracey Leather grabbed eight rebounds.

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