Leopards go to Small to come up big in Draper opener

December 28, 2001

Leopards go to Small to come up big in Draper opener

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Senior center Emily Small came up big for the Smithsburg Leopards on Thursday night.

Small scored six of her team-high 18 points during the overtime period to enable the Leopards to edge the St. Maria Goretti Gaels 51-49 during the first day of the Third Annual Pap Draper Classic at Smithsburg High School.

Small also pulled down 11 rebounds for the Leopards.

"We came out with really not our best," Small said. "But then we got it together. I just played my hardest because I knew that I had to bring it up a step. I knew that in order for us to score that we had to get on the boards. So, I was able to get the rebounds. I was able to get open down low and that helped me to get the clutch baskets."


The Urbana Hawks beat the Allegany Campers 59-42 during the earlier game.

Allegany (2-3) will face St. Maria Goretti (4-5) in the consolation game tonight at 6:00. Urbana (6-1) will then square off against Smithsburg (5-1) in the championship game at 8:00.

For a brief moment, it looked as though there would be a second overtime period as Katie Chambers made a layup for St. Maria Goretti with 1:02 remaining in overtime to tie the score at 49-49.

The Gaels then received some bad luck when Heidi Siirtola, who scored a game-high 19 points, fouled out with 46 seconds to go.

After that, Small made what proved to be the game-winning basket with 39 seconds left to give Smithsburg the final margin of victory at 51-49.

The Gaels had one final opportunity, but Kelly Wills just missed a three-point field goal attempt. Michelle Feiser grabbed the clutch defensive rebound for the Leopards with five seconds remaining. Feiser then held onto the ball as the time ran out to seal the victory for Smithsburg.

"Emily Small was the key to our win tonight," Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. "She got good inside position on almost every shot by our team. She was the recipient of some good passes inside. She was able to convert those passes into buckets."

Eariel Gholson scored 17 points, Michelle Feiser grabbed 13 rebounds and Katy Powell added eight rebounds for Smithsburg.

Jessica Mills scored 16 points, Ashley White added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Katie Armentrout had 10 points for Urbana in its win over Allegany.

Urbana senior captain Anne Orelli, who is the #3 guard and one of the team's top three-point shooters, sprained her left ankle just 46 seconds before halftime.

It is not totally certain whether Orelli will play in tonight's championship for Urbana.

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