Leopards can't win 2 straight

December 17, 1998

Smithsburg over SouthBy JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

The Smithsburg Leopards are petitioning the MPSSAA to make boys basketball games a 28-minute affair in the near future.

No. 5 South Hagerstown feels just fine about the current 32-minute setup.

The Rebels used a 13-0 run over a four-minute span early in the second half to push past the Leopards for a 61-43 victory Wednesday night in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

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With 6:54 left in the third quarter and his team holding a 31-28 lead, South coach Bob Starkey unleashed a press that the Leopards simply couldn't recover from.


"They just didn't handle it well," Starkey said. "We just got loose and started running a little bit. Then things started falling into place."

Randy Reeder, who finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds on the night, was a big factor in that press for South (5-0, 4-0). He had eight points and five rebounds in the third to put the timid Leopards away.

"We got a little scared for about two or three minutes when they had a run," Smithsburg coach Dave Morris said. "We had nobody flashing to the middle. We just struggled getting the ball upcourt for about three minutes. We didn't execute our press attack. Of a 32-minute game, we played about 28 minutes of good basketball tonight. I am proud of our effort."

South only led Smithsburg (2-3, 1-3) 14-10 at the end of the first quarter behind eight points from freshman Dominique Richmond. The lead didn't extend any further in the second, as Ryan Showman had nine in the quarter for Smithsburg, which trailed, 29-25.

But then the press, and the roof, came down on Smithsburg.

"We needed this kind of game to play from behind and even," Starkey said. "We haven't had too many games like that. So this was a good game for us."

Richmond finished with a game-high 18 points for South. Mike Lee scored 10 points for the Rebels and Frank Linton tallied seven assists. Ryan Showman was the top scorer for Smithsburg with 15 points. Chip Kershner grabbed six rebounds.

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