Smithsburg girls defeat Boonsboro

December 14, 1999|By DAN SPEARS

BOONSBORO - The call went out immediately when anyone on the Smithsburg girls basketball team picked up a rebound against Boonsboro on Tuesday night.

"Outlet!" was the cry from the bench. And if that first pass wasn't picked off, the Leopards were off and running.

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Using its lethal transition game early and a patient offense late, Smithsburg pulled away from the Warriors 57-44 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"Sometimes we're too quick for ourselves," Smithsburg coach Teresa Bachtell said with a laugh. "We're young. It shows sometimes."

Boonsboro mixed up its full-court presses, going from a 2-2-1 to a 1-3-1 at all opportunities. It forced 24 turnovers, but the taller Warriors stymied themselves when Smithsburg forced them into a halfcourt game in the fourth quarter.


"We're working on it," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "We aren't the best shooting team around, so we have to press in order to score."

Smithsburg (2-1, 1-1) opened up a 12-point lead midway through the third, but the Warriors made a late run capped by Robin Curley's rebound basket to make it 41-37 with 10 seconds left in the quarter.

Curley missed the free throw and the Leopards corralled the rebound, got the outlet to Katy Powell, who dribbled down and found Jenelle Stouffer on the left side. Stouffer got the layup with one second left in the period, and Smithsburg again led by six.

"In the second half, especially in the fourth quarter, we had more than they did," Bachtell said.

Smithsburg then busted it open with a 12-3 run to open the fourth, highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers by Powell and Melanie Whitt.

Boonsboro, meanwhile, missed its first nine shots of the period and went 2-for-17 in the final eight minutes.

"There were probably 12 to 14 layups we missed tonight," Semler said. "But this is one of the better games we've played against them in a while. It's nice to be competitive against one of your rivals."

Michelle Reeder led the Warriors with 11 points, while Liz Smith and Jade Whipp had 10 each. Curley and Smith finished with 10 rebounds apiece.

For Smithsburg, Michelle Feiser had seven points and nine rebounds and Tissa Porter had eight points - all in the first quarter - and 13 boards. Powell finished with a game-high 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

"We could have had five or six kids in double figures tonight," Bachtell said. "Definitely a well-rounded effort."

Smithsburg 57, Boonsboro 44


Porter 8, Powell 16, Whitt 9, Feiser 7, Ashley 7, Higgins 3, Stouffer 7. Totals 24-57 5-11 57.


Smith 10, Whipp 10, Reeder 11, Main 7, Curley 4, Poole 2. Totals 18-69 5-12 44.



Three-point goals - Smithsburg 4 (Powell 2, Whitt, Stouffer), Boonsboro 3 (Reeder 3).

JV - Smithsburg, 34-11 (S: Brittany Gardenour 10; B: Allison Fries 6).

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