Smithsburg girls win Pap Draper

December 31, 2001

Smithsburg girls win Pap Draper


Smithsburg 52, Urbana 50


Bennett 7, White 16, Armentrout 11, Mills 14, Morse 2. Totals 18 12-23 50.


Gholson 27, Feiser 2, Powell 17, Small 4, Stouffer 2. Totals 18 11-15 52.



Three-point goals - Urbana 2 (Armentrout 2), Smithsburg 5 (Gholson 4, Powell). Technical Foul - Urbana coach Krivas.


Allegany 53, Goretti 49, OT



Martin 4, Wills 10, Siirtola 20, Deveen 4, Chambers 8, Mothershead 2. Totals 18 12-22 49.


Proud 7, Peck 7, C. Wilson 12, E. Wilson 12, Sindy 7, Cook 6. Totals 18 15-24 53.



Three-point goals - Goretti 1 (Siirtola), Allegany 2 (E. Wilson, Sindy). Fouled Out - Proud (A), Smith (A), Wills (G).

SMITHSBURG - Jimmy Powell had a hunch. At least, that's what the coach told the Smithsburg girls basketball team after its 52-50 victory over Urbana Friday in the championship of the Pap Draper Classic.

"I knew you would win this, I knew it all along," Powell told his players in the locker room.

How could Powell be so sure the Leopards (No. 5 Herald-Mail poll) would respond against a Hawks team that has beaten No. 6 Middletown - which gave Smithsburg (6-1) its only loss so far? Or that they'd respond after a sloppy overtime victory over St. Maria Goretti just the day before?

"We knew we could stay with them," Powell said. "I thought we'd bounce back (from Thursday) and play a good game."

Eariel Gholson scored 27 points and Katy Powell added 17. The two made enough plays to counter Urbana's 59-39 rebounding advantage - but just barely.

"We battled them on the boards and switched defenses," Powell said. "Just when we thought our press wouldn't work, we got a turnover and we got out on the break and scored."

The Hawks (6-2) were done in by failed opportunities on the offensive end. The outside shots didn't fall, and they failed to convert on second chance opportunities in close.

"We tried to guard their guards, sag inside and make them hit shots from the perimeter," Powell said. "If they hit their shots, we lose."

Gholson penetrated and found Emily Small for a basket with 5:24 left, before Powell followed a Gholson miss with a leaping putback, was fouled and finished the 3-point play, giving Smithsburg a 44-40 lead it never lost.

"I had to create off the dribble and drop it down low," Gholson said of her pass to Small. "It was all my teammates, not just one of us."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the consolation game, Goretti rallied from a nine-point deficit with 4:20 to play to force overtime - its second OT in two days - but Allegany scored eight of the first 10 points in the extra frame to leave the Gaels losers again, 53-49.

"We put the press on, made a good comeback, got into overtime and slipped again," Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "We still had a chance to pull it out at the end."

Heidi Siirtola had 20 points, eight rebounds and five steals to lead the Gaels (4-6).

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