Smith lightens Warriors' day

January 18, 2002

Smith lightens Warriors' day


BOONSBORO - The current feature known as the Boonsboro basketball team was way out of focus on Thursday. So the Warriors turned to a preview of things to come to spice up an otherwise uneventful evening.


While the upperclassmen faltered against Francis Scott Key, it took two sophomores - Lonnell Smith and Kyle Davis - to show some life. Smith came off the bench to score 26 of his game-high 35 points in the second half to help the Warriors climb back for a respectable 79-67 Monocacy Valley Athletic League loss.

Smith, playing in just his second varsity game, entered the game late in the first quarter and eventually became the piece Boonsboro sorely missed.


"(Smith) supplied a big spark," Boonsboro coach Chuck Ingram said. "It is just his first year of organized basketball, but he loves the game and is unselfish. We are a little thin in the post position, so that's why Davis got in there right away."

Smith's spark gave a jolt to an almost lifeless attack. Boonsboro (2-9, 1-7) fell behind 10-1 early and trailed 18-6 at the end of the first quarter. Smith scored eight of Boonsboro's next nine points to close within 28-15 with 2:55 left in the half.

In the opening 13 minutes, the Warriors only converted for four baskets in their first 35 possessions. Only one came on a jumpshot against FSK's 3-2 zone defense. Boonsboro had 20 turnovers in the first half.

"Turnovers, turnovers, turn-overs," Ingram said. "We weren't penetrating and throwing too many long passes over the top of the zone."

FSK (7-6, 5-4) rolled up a 42-21 lead at intermission, with 20 points coming off layups. It would have been worse if the Eagles could have finished open shots.

Boonsboro came out more aggressive in the second half as Smith and Keith Kellinger matched FSK's Chuck Black and Chris Bassler to stay in the same time zone. Kellinger hit eight of his 15 in the third quarter, but the Warriors fell behind 62-38 after three quarters.

Smith, whose brother Jamal Tinsley plays in the NBA, scored 19 of Boonsboro's 29 fourth-quarter points - including 13 in a row for his team - and dealt assists for three other baskets.

"He's going to be good," Ingram said. "He has a feel for the game. We have some good players on our team. They just have to believe."

FSK 79, Boonsboro 67


Black 20, Simmons 9, Schildt 5, Bassler 21, Rutter 5, Sheedy 6, Montgomery 3, Gildersleeve 2, Redmond 8. Totals 31 11-15 79.


Hanes 2, Itnyre 4, Metzger 6, Kellinger 15, Smith 35, Davis 5. Totals 29 8-17 67.



Three-point goals-FSK 6 (Black 2, Simmons, Schildt, Rutter, Redmond), Boonsboro 1 (Smith).

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