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Leopards win

January 19, 1999

Brunswick vs. SmithsburgBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




SMITHSBURG - It took three-plus quarters for Smithsburg's girls basketball team to put together the run that brought victory Monday night.

The timing could not have been better.

Rachel Bachtell hit a 3-point shot that sparked an 11-3 run early in the fourth quarter, lifting No. 6 Smithsburg over No. 4 Brunswick, 55-48.

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Smithsburg's spurt broke open a game in which the Leopards (8-2, 7-2) never trailed, but in which Brunswick (7-3, 5-2) hung tough throughout.

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"I think it's a sign that our team is coming of age," Smithsburg coach Jim Powell said. "They needed to play well in the fourth, and that's what they did."

Smithsburg scored the first six points of the game during an opening 10-4 run. Carey Brennan scored seven points in that span.

Brunswick hung shot for shot with the Leopards after that. The Railroaders reeled off the next six points to tie the game at 10-10.

Smithsburg started the second quarter with a quick 10-2 spurt, as Brennan and Natasha Wilson each scored five points.

Brunswick stormed back with its own 11-4 run behind five points from Kim Whims to close to within one, 24-23. Smithsburg closed the half with three points for a 27-23 halftime lead.

Brunswick coach Bill Martin was upset with the officiating, as the Railroaders were whistled for 10 fouls in the half to Smithsburg's one.

"The officiating, to me, was pretty bad," Martin said. "When you get one foul call in the whole half, that's pretty terrible."

Despite the foul troubles, Brunswick fought back in the third quarter, holding Smithsburg from stringing together another run. Starting center Jenn Reed scored six points as the Railroaders tied the game at 37-37 late in the quarter.

With the score 42-41 in favor of Smithsburg, and just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Leopards hit their stride. Bachtell hit her key 3-pointer, and after a Reed free-throw, Bachtell added a breakaway layup. Wilson then hit a short jumper to bring the score to 49-42.

After a Brunswick timeout and a basket from Gretchen Unger, Smithsburg got baskets from Brennan and Kelli Martin to go up 53-44 and solidify the win.

Wilson had 17 points, and Bachtell and Brennan each scored 16 to lead the Leopards.

"Any time we have three players in double figures ... If we're getting 45-50 points out of (Brennan, Bachtell and Wilson), we're tough to beat," Powell said.

Reed finished with 11 points, while Whims and Jamie Cable each had 10 for Brunswick.

"I can't take anything away from Smithsburg,'' Bill Martin said. "We knew coming in here they had an awesome team, and we knew we'd have to play as hard as we could to beat them. We came up a little short."

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