Smithsburg defeats Boonsboro

February 09, 2001|By BOB PARASILITI

Smithsburg defeats Boonsboro

A storm continues to sweep through the east end of Washington County.

Forget tracking the Doppler Radar, this would be on the droppler. It's a storm that has soaked the regular season fortunes of two teams - Smithsburg and Boonsboro.

But Smithsburg continued to show signs of the front passing and sunny days ahead Thursday, using 11-0 run in the third quarter and lots of accurate foul shooting to claim a 69-63 win over Boonsboro.

The Leopards are shaking off the dousing they got during an eight-game losing streak by winning their last two. Meanwhile, the storm clouds are rolling in on the Warriors, who lost for the sixth straight time.


"After losing eight in a row, you have to re-evaluate everything," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "We just have been shooting the ball well lately."

Especially from the foul line.

Shane Anderson scored 21 points, hitting two 3-pointers and hitting 15 of 18 foul shots - including 8 of 10 in the fourth quarter to pace the Leopards (7-11, 5-9). Apollo Bey added 16 points, with eight coming off 10 foul shots. The Leopards hit 31 of 44 foul shots in the game.

"That's the one thing that we have been doing consistently all year," Gerber said. "We have three guys shooting 75 percent from the line - Danny Young, Apollo and Shane. We were lucky enough to get the ball in Shane's hands because he's the guy we want at the line at the end of the game."

Smithsburg's luck started a flood warning for Boonsboro.

The Leopards pulled out to 27-19 lead in the second quarter by slashing across the baseline of Boonsboro's defense. The Warriors made a run at the end of the half, closing to 34-30 at the intermission on Eric Vesely's 3-pointer with one second remaining.

Boonsboro came out and continued to close, getting to within 34-33 to open the third quarter. But Smithsburg rattled off 11 straight points, starting with a 3 by Bey and another by Anderson help the Leopards get a break on the weather.

"We just don't play well in the first and the third quarters for some reason," Boonsboro coach Chuck Ingram said. "We are out of sync right now and we can't find it. Our defense relaxed and they started hitting the offensive boards and that was the difference. Smithsburg shot well and hit all its foul shots."

Boonsboro (7-11, 4-11) tried to scratch back again, getting to within 43-38 with four minutes remaining but Smithsburg hit 16 of 20 foul shots in the final stretch to salt the game away.

Vesely finished with 17 to lead Boonsboro while Young had 10 for Smithsburg, which is now ready for brighter days ahead.

"We've weathered the storm," Gerber said. "In Maryland with the playoff system, you just have to jell at the right time. Everyone's goal is to play well at the end of the year."

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