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Smithsburg girls edge Williamsport

February 03, 2001

Smithsburg girls edge Williamsport



By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent


SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg girls basketball team knew that rebounding was the key to beat Williamsport on Friday night. But rebounding was only one part of their 62-58 win over the Wildcats in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"(We knew) rebounding was key," Smithsburg's LaNitra Higgins said. "We're a shorter team than most teams and they had people bigger than our poeple and we had to rebound and that's what we did."

The main rebound came when the Wildcats tied the game at 52-52 with about four and a half minutes left in the game. The Leopards grabbed the board, moved down the court and Jonelle Stouffer sank a 3-point shot to send the Leopards on a 8-0 run, putting them up by six points for the largest lead of the game.

"Jonelle hit a big shot for us and we had the nice drive to the lane and we got some nice steals off our pressure," Smithsburg's Katy Powell said. "We just started to work then. That helped us."

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After the run, Williamsport's Brooke Weimer made two free throws to pull the Wildcats within four points, but then Higgins hit two free throws to put Smithsburg back up, 62-56. Weimer made two more free throws with seven seconds left, but it was too late.

"We kind of lost our composure on offense a little bit (during the stretch)," Williamsport coach Curtis Graff said. "That's all it takes in a game like that. They were able to make some shots in that stretch and expanded their lead."

Higgins had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the Leopards (13-4, 10-3). Powell had 13 points and Eariel Gholson had 13 points. Michelle Feiser had 10 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Weimer led the Wildcats (11-5, 7-5) with 22 points on the night, 14 coming on free throws. Sara Taylor had 11 points.

"We knew Weimer was a great player and we knew we had to stop her," Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. "We didn't stop her but I thought we tamed her a little bit, we made her work for every shot, that was our game plan.

"We had to make sure we knew where their scorers were and most of the time we did," Graff said. "The truth was that the people who hurt us most in that stretch were not their main people and that happens sometimes. You make the decision, this is who we're going to guard and this is who we're not going to guard and sometimes that person that you're not guarding steps up."

No. 6 Smithsburg 62 No. 10 Williamsport 58



WILLIAMSPORT (58)

Miller 1, Plotner 8, Smiles 2, Taylor 11, Pulieri 2, Sanders 3, Ross 9, Weimer 22. Totals 17 21-29 58.

SMITHSBURG (62)

Higgins 14, Stouffer 7, Powell 13, Whitt 2, Small 3, Feiser 10, Gholson 13. Totals 21 19-28 62.

Williamsport13151515-58Smithsburg14151320-62

Three-point goals - Williamsport 3 (Sanders, Weimer 2); Smithsburg (Stouffer). Fouled Out - Gholson, Pulieri. JV - Williamsport, 54-36. W: Ruth Kolb 28 points.

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