Smith's quick change helps lift Warriors over Wildcats

February 19, 2002

Smith's quick change helps lift Warriors over Wildcats

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

Boonsboro 73
Williamsport 68


Himes 10, Tierny 2, Byers 2, M. Smith 3, Dowell 2, Wetzel 2, Kellinger 20, L. Smith 32. Totals 27 16-27 73.


Jordan 11, Giles 19, Knicley 20, Foley 3, Martin 4, Keefer 9. Totals 28 8-11 68.



Three-point goals - Williamsport 3 (Giles, 3), Boonsboro 2 (Himes 2). Fouled out- Boonsboro- M. Smith

JV - Williamsport, 38-37 (Will Roney had 11 points for Williamsport).

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's Lonnell Smith changed jerseys during his team's showdown with Williamsport last night.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Boonsboro sophomore's performance remained the same.


With the score knotted at the end of three quarters, Smith was forced to leave the game temporarily after an errant elbow from brother Matthew put blood on his No. 44 jersey.

Warrior coach Chuck Ingram grabbed No. 40 and minutes later Smith was back in action putting the finishing touches on a 32-point performance in a 73-68 overtime win.

"This is hard to believe," an elated Ingram said moments after the game. "Not so long ago, we were getting beat by 30 points, but now, I think these kids are starting to believe."

"We are focused and we believe," Smith said. "I think coach (Ingram) always believed. He worked hard and we weren't working as hard with him."

"All that is changed, now," Smith continued.

And how.

Like gum on the soles of Williamsport's shoe, the Warriors stuck close through four quarters finding themselves down 58-53 with just under a minute and a half left.

And that was when Smith did his best work. Shortly after tBen Giles padded Williamsport's lead, Smith completed a three-point play to bring Boonsboro to within, 58-56. With eight seconds left, Smith stripped the ball from Williamsport's Jason Knicley to tie the score at 58-58 and put the game into overtime.

"We didn't execute," Williamsport coach Deron Crawford said. "There is no excuse to blow a five point lead with a minute and twenty seconds left."

But Smith would score 10 of the Warrior's 15 points in overtime as Boonsboro would never relinquish the lead and hang on down the stretch.

Smith's game not withstanding, Ingram also cited the play of Nate Himes in his defensive matchup with Knicely. Himes shadowed Knicley in the second half holding him to four points. Knicley finished with 20 points to lead the Wildcats.

"Nate played a great game," Ingram said. "Knicley is a great player and he is really fun to watch, but if we were going to win, Nate had to hold his point total down and when it counted, he did."

"We gave up the basketball too easily tonight," Crawford said. "We just didn't get the job done."

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