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Schedule messup costs Leopards spot in finals

December 29, 2000

Schedule messup costs Leopards spot in finals



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


SMITHSBURG - At the last minute, there was a huge change for the opening day schedule of the Second Annual Pap Draper Classic at Smithsburg High School on Thursday night.

The Catoctin girls' basketball team thought that it was supposed to play in the second game. But the schedule clearly stated that it was supposed to play in the first game.

So, the tournament directors did some fast thinking and some fast changing to keep the other teams from just sitting around.

The Urbana Hawks squared off against the Smithsburg Leopards in the first game at 6:35. The Allegany Campers then faced the Catoctin Cougars in the second game.

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However, the changes just brought bad luck to both Smithsburg and Catoctin.

The Hawks flew away with a 77-57 victory over the Leopards, while the Campers sent the Cougars packing with a 61-35 win.

Just so there won't be any misunderstanding, here is tonight's schedule for the final round of the tournament. Catoctin (2-3) will play Smithsburg (3-2) in the consolation game at 6. Allegany (3-2) will then meet Urbana (3-3) in the championship game at 8.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the first game, Urbana's offense went through Smithsburg's defense like it was a piece of swiss cheese. Urbana scored at least 15 points in each of the four quarters.

Everything was going OK for Smithsburg in the first five minutes as it opened up a 17-8 lead but, in the last 27 minutes, the Hawks outscored the Leopards 69-40 to put the game far out of reach.

Pam Kenney, a 6-foot senior power forward, scored 24 points, including four 3-pointers, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Lisa Bennett scored 14 points and Kathleen Vistica contributed 10 points and four assists.

Eariel Gholson scored 16 points, Katy Powell added 13 points and eight rebounds and Michelle Feiser had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Leopards.

"They broke our press and our press is our game," Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. "If you get beat on the press, then you give up some wide open shots. They knocked most of them down."

In the second game, Teandra Smith scored 19 points and Kori Corthron added 14 points to help Allegany beat Catoctin. The Campers' solid defense prevented the Cougars from having anybody score in double figures.

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