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Smithsburg beats Clear Spring at buzzer

December 19, 2000

Smithsburg beats Clear Spring at buzzer



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Smithsburg over FSKSMITHSBURG - Eariel Gholson is one of the lucky ones. She has a very short memory.

Her recall function doesn't last any longer than her next shot ... and that's a good thing for the Smithsburg girls basketball team.

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Gholson punched the pause button on her conscience and got a quick case of amnesia, just in time to hit the game-winning 3-point basket with 3 seconds remaining Monday to lift Smithsburg to a 56-55 victory over Francis Scott Key.

The bucket came as an exclamation point to a game where Smithsburg tried FSK's patience with a sticky 2-2-1 press and zone defense. It also came just minutes after Gholson missed a 3-pointer that allowed the Eagles to tie the game and seconds after missing a 15-footer that would've put the Leopards ahead with 29 seconds remaining.

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"I thought they would double team me," said Gholson, who finished with 26 points, including 5 of her team's 7 3s. "I never take just one shot and stop shooting. I was anxious to take the shot and I was happy that they gave it to me."

Gholson's second miss in a 53-53 game allowed FSK to move in for the last shot of the game. The Eagles got the ball inside to Samantha Stambaugh, who was fouled and hit both foul shots for the lead and the last of her 19 points with 10 seconds remaining.

After a Smithsburg timeout, FSK made a tactical error, settling back into a halfcourt zone instead of pressuring the ball up the floor. The move fell into Smithsburg's plans.

"The plan was for Eariel to take the shot from right here," said Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell, who stood where Gholson released the game-winner. "I heard their bench call for them to pressure the ball and someone came up late but Katy (Powell) blew right past her."

Smithburg controlled the game with its defense, forcing FSK to drain the shot clock while bringing the ball up the floor. The move minimized the Eagles' height advantage.

Still patience allowed the Eagles to stay within striking distance and lead at the end.

"We were at home, so we played for the win," Powell said. "We're small so we depend on the 3-point shot. When you live by the sword, some times you die by it. Today, we're living."

Smithsburg 56, FSK 55


FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (55)

Carter 4, Ad. Stoneseifer 9, Davis 6, Norris 17, Stambaugh 19. Totals 21 12-18 55.

SMITHSBURG (56)

Higgins 10, Mackey 1, Powell 5, Whitt 4, Feiser 8, Gholson 26. Totals 22 5-8 56.

F. Scott Key10131517-55

Smithsburg13151414-56

Three-point goals - FSK 1 (Norris), Smthsburg 7 (Gholson 5, Higgins, Powell). Fouled out - Whitt. Technical Fouls - FSK: Stambaugh; Smithsburg: Coach Powell, Whitt.

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