Gholson puts on Eariel show to lead Smithsburg

February 28, 2001

Gholson puts on Eariel show to lead Smithsburg

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

Sarah Harris fires off a passSMITHSBURG - Junior point guard Eariel Gholson got off to a fantastic start on Tuesday night.


Gholson scored 13 points during the first quarter - including a trio of 3-pointers - to help the Smithsburg Leopards race out to a 26-10 advantage en route to a 78-60 victory over the Boonsboro Warriors in a Maryland Class 1A South Region girls basketball quarterfinal playoff game.

Smithsburg (18-5) will host Catoctin in the region semifinals on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gholson finished with a season-high 30 points. Gholson, who averages 16.9 points per game, had five 3s, six steals and six rebounds.

"We brought our 'A' game tonight as we jumped on them early in the first quarter," Gholson said. "Everybody was making shots. It wasn't just one person; everybody was shooting the ball good tonight."


Sophomore Katy Powell tied her season-high with 22 points for the Leopards. Powell averages 15 points per game.

"Eariel and Katy carried the bulk of the scoring load for us," Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. "Eariel hit a bunch of 3-pointers. She really put some numbers up."

Junior Michelle Feiser led the Leopards' defense with seven steals. Feiser averages 4.2 steals a game, leading all Washington County players.

Both Powell and Feiser added five assists and six rebounds. Detra Mackey also had six rebounds for the Leopards.

Senior Liz Smith led Boonsboro (7-17) with 20 points and 17 rebounds in her final high school game. Mandy Myers added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors.

"They just got out on us early and scored 26 points in the first quarter," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said. "We were then playing catch-up from there on out. Smithsburg is just quick and they just get out on the break."

Powell was impressed with the rebounding of Boonsboro.

"I have to give Boonsboro credit," Powell added. "They rebounded the ball well, especially Liz Smith. If we don't rebound the ball any better, then we won't go far in the playoffs."

No. 5 Smithsburg 78, Boonsboro 60


Smith 20, Daugherty 4, Harris 8, Fulks 2, Amezcua 4, Selby 7, Myers 15. Totals 20 19-29 60.


Higgins 6, Mackey 5, Stouffer 5, Powell 22, Whitt 6, Feiser 4, Gholson 30. Totals 27 17-32 78.



Three-point field goals: Boonsboro 1 (Selby). Smithsburg 7 (Stouffer, Powell, Gholson 5).

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