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Unselfish Leopards throttle Eagles

January 30, 2002

Unselfish Leopards throttle Eagles



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


SMITHSBURG - Considering that, for the few who even get close it is the pinnacle of their high school basketball career, Katy Powell appeared as though she couldn't care less.

Maybe it was the circumstances, or maybe she heard the words of her father and coach echoing in her ear as she closed in on the 1000th point of her career.

In either case, she didn't seem the least bit disappointed that her 17 points fell seven points shy of the milestone after the 4th-ranked Smithsburg girls basketball team dismantled Monocacy Valley Athletic League foe Francis Scott Key, 77-39, Tuesday night.

"I keep telling them about being unselfish," said Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell. "They're trying to make the extra pass, and really working on playing team basketball."

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On numerous occasions, Katy Powell - who finished tied for the team lead with five assists - opted to pass up open shots in lieu of hitting an open teammate closer to the bucket.

"When people run the court, they need to be rewarded," said Powell. "I'm not about numbers. Team basketball is what it's all about."

Smithsburg (15-2, 11-2) dominated from the start, scoring 18 of the game's first 19 points - with Powell and Michelle Feiser contributing six points apiece - and finishing the quarter with a 20-6 lead.

A 16-6 run to start the second period left the Leopards in complete control, as Powell added six more points, with Smithsburg claiming a 39-15 advantage at the intermission.

The Leopards' defense made the difference, forcing 16 first-half turnovers, and beating the Eagles (2-14, 2-10) down the floor for easy buckets.

"That's been our problem all year," said Eagles coach Alice Ray. "We have problem with pressure, but - even though it might not have looked like it - we did better in the second half."

Smithsburg's selfless play resulted in four players reaching double figures, with Jenelle Stouffer adding 15 points, Emily Small contributing 14, and Feiser 11.

Meanwhile, Powell will need to wait until Thursday at Williamsport for he next opportunity to reach the milestone, and will need only seven points to do it.

"I kind of just want to get it over with," said the Leopards' junior. "I think it'll be a little less stressful (only needing seven points), because it'll probably come earlier in the game. Hopefully I'll be able to get it out of the way and focus on what we have to do to win."

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