Leopards run out of town

March 04, 2001

Leopards run out of town


GLENELG, Md. - For one half Saturday, the Smithsburg girls basketball team looked like it would finally return to the state semifinals for the first time since 1988.

Eariel Gholson was making 3-pointers like they were going out of style, while her teammates gave Glenelg headaches holding onto the ball with a ferocious, quick defense. The scoreboard at the half: Smithsburg 32, Glenelg 29.

Then, as quickly as the Leopards had found hope, the Gladiators simply took it away.

Glenelg had all the answers, and the Leopards were left wondering what happened in the Class 1A South final for the third staright year after a 74-50 setback.


"We fought real hard that first half," Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. "I have no regrets. To tell you the truth, the second half, (Glenelg) just played great."

Before then ...

Glenelg (17-7) took an early 11-4 lead when Gholson rolled up her sleeves and took Smithsburg's offense on her back, making four of her six 3-pointers in a four-minute stretch of the first half.

"She's a great player," Powell said. "She's the best 3-point shooter to come down the road in my six years."

Gholson scored the Leopards' first 11 points in the second quarter as Smithsburg's 21-6 run gave it a 25-17 lead. The Leopards (19-6, No. 5 Herald-Mail poll) kept after the Gladiators on defense and walked into the locker room with a three-point lead.

But Glenelg wouldn't let Gholson - who finished with 27 points - win the game for Smithsburg in the second half, pressuring her on the perimeter. Only 10 of Gholson's points came after halftime.

The Gladiators then took care of their other problem, making four turnovers in the second half while hitting four 3-pointers of their own. Glenelg simply overpowered the Leopards down the stretch, and with Gholson contained, Smithsburg never found a way to muster one last charge.

"They're fighters," Powell said, "but we're a little undersized, and it showed. ... We talked about getting the ball inside, and we never did.

"But like I said, no regrets."

Glenelg 74, Smithsburg 50


Whitt 5, Powell 8, Gholson 27, Feiser 5, Higgins 1, Mackey 1, L. Church 1, Small 2. Totals 15 13-25 50.


Davidson 13, Starcher 17, H. Young 13, J. Young 5, Biggs 16, Hamilton 6, Edell 4. Totals 27 13-25 74.



Three-point goals - Smithsburg 7 (Powell, Gholson 6), Glenelg 7 (Starcher 4, H. Young 2, Biggs). Fouled Out - Davidson, Hamilton.

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