Boonsboro boys top Smithsburg

December 13, 2000

Boonsboro boys top Smithsburg

By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer

photo: Associated Press

Boonsboro over SmithsburgBOONSBORO - This early in the season, Boonsboro boys basketball coach Chuck Ingram is looking for something - anything, really - to spark his team.

The Warriors, in turn, sparked themselves.

Clutch long-range shooting in the second quarter, followed by clutch free throws in the final two minutes, gave Boonsboro its first win of the season, a 57-46 victory against rival Smithsburg in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game. Now, Ingram hopes the Warriors can carry the momentum.

"It's early in the season, but this is a big win for us this early in the year," he said. "We needed this win. This is a big stepping stone for us."


Smithsburg (1-2, 0-2) jumped out to a 12-6 lead behind the play of 6-foot-8 center Danny Young, who scored nine points in the run and 14 in the game.

Boonsboro (1-1, 1-1) countered by launching an offensive from the 3-point line. The Warriors used three 3s - one from Cody Haines and two from Eric Vesley - to take a 19-14 lead they would not relinquish.

"That's something we do and do well," Ingram said. "We have two or three guys that shoot the 3-pointer and can at any time."

"Vesley, he's just a good shooter," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "You can't let a good shooter get open looks, or that's what happens."

Andy Kaetzel's 3 gave the Warriors a 24-19 halftime lead, then Kaetzel scored nine points - including another clutch 3-pointer in the third quarter - as Boonsboro clung to a 33-30 lead going into the final quarter. Kaetzel and Haines both finished with 16 points.

The Warriors salted away the win by hitting 11 of 14 foul shots in the final 1:23. Smithsburg hit three 3s in the final two minutes, but earlier in the quarter missed on 7 of 10 foul shots.

"We just never hit the free throws to get us back in the game," Gerber said. "We never got it under six, and certainly we would have been right in the game if we had (make foul shots)."

Smithsburg outrebounded Boonsboro 39-30, but the Warriors forced 19 Leopards turnovers while only committing 11, which negated Smithsburg's advantage on the boards.

"That was probably the best defensive effort I've ever had here," Ingram said. "... A number of kids stepped up and answered the bell."

Boonsboro 57, Smithsburg 46


Jones 2, Young 14, Talbert 3, Bey 13, Myers 2, Anderson 7, Swope 2, Brown 3. Totals 15 13-23 46.


Haines 16, Miller 2, Vesley 14, Malott 16, Bigelow 4, Kaetzel 3, Weddle 2, Brown 1, Himes 1. Totals 19 13-20 57.



Three-point goals - Boonsboro 6 (Haines, Vesley 2, Malott 2, Kaetzel), Smithsburg 3 (Bey, Anderson, Brown). Fouled Out - Weddle, Young. Records - Boonsboro 1-1, 1-1; Smithsburg 1-2, 0-2.

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