Boonsboro ends skid vs. Leopards

February 08, 2002

Boonsboro ends skid vs. Leopards

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

Boonsboro 67, Smithsburg 60

Smithsburg (60)

Fisher 3, Calvin 10, Hunt 8, Brown 9, Gouff 12, Fay 8, Myers 2, Tolbert 8. Totals 23 11-16 60,

Boonsboro (67)

Himes 10, Tierney 3, Stone 2, Byers 2, Dowell 1, Kellinger 16, Fulks 2, M. Smith 8, L. Smith 23. Totals 21 20-33 67.



Three-point goals-Smithsburg 3 (Hunt 2, Fisher), Boonsboro 5 (L. Smith 2, M. Smith, Kellinger, Himes). Fouled Out-Fisher.

BOONSBORO - Give the Boonsboro boys basketball team credit. The Warriors did what it had to do Thursday night. Smithsburg didn't.


When the outcome was determined in the fourth quarter, Boonsboro hit the key shots down the stretch for a 67-60 win Thursday night in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

Although the Leopards played with determination and actually led at two different points in the game, the Warriors used an opportunistic defense and plain old-fashioned moxie to snap a 10-game losing streak.

"I'll tell you it feels good," Boonsboro coach Chuck Ingram said. "I know it feels good for them, too."

"Boonsboro played better than us." Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "Plain and simple."

Gerber's assessment not withstanding, both teams ran through some rough stretches: struggling to get a lead and then quickly letting it slip away.

The game turned on two things: a bad knack of missing open shots by Smithsburg, and Boonsboro swingman Lonnell Smith.

Smith, who finished with a game-high 23 points, was more enigmatic than automatic on the court.

But when the Warriors looked to him, he responded.

In the first quarter, Smith scored in nine points to give the Warriors (3-15, 2-13) an early lead. When Smithsburg (5-14, 3-12) mounted a serious threat in the third quarter, Smith drained two 3s and layed in a spectacular running jumper in the lane to allow the Warriors to take back control for good.

But he also spent some time on the bench as Ingram gave his sophomore some lessons in disciplined play.

"Sometimes Lonnell tries to do too much - and that is his nature," Ingram said. "He will learn this isn't street ball, but remember, this is his first experience in an organized sport."

For Smithsburg, however, the wheels came off in the fourth quarter, unfortunately while the game was still in reach.

Smithsburg pulled within 63-57 behind two Cory Brown jumpers and a pair of David Gouff free throws before the imaginary lid clamped shut over its basket.

On one trip down the floor, the Leopards had a half-dozen point-blank shots at the basket but came away empty.

"It was definitely frustrating." Gerber said. "We missed some makeable shots."


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