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Leopards win battle

December 17, 2002|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - They're about as complex as the business end of a ball peen hammer.

About as fancy as khaki.

For the Smithsburg girls basketball team, the game they play and finesse are about as synonomous as ball room dancing and a bust in the chops.

But do they get the job done?

You bet.

Senior Katy Powell tossed in a game high 24 points while teammate Terra Knable battled Francis Scott Key to a draw under the boards Monday as Smithsburg (1-1) came away with an convincing 50-34 win over the Eagles.

In only their second game, both the Leopards and Eagles showed signs of rust - especially in the shooting department.

But the difference was that Smithsburg was able to overcome a game effort by FSK's Jen Stambaugh who led the Eagles with a 14 point effort while the Eagles could never quite get a handle on Powell.

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That and the fact that FSK suffered a dismal 21 percent shooting night and a whopping 41-27 rebounding deficit sealed its fate.

However, Smithsburg's effort from the offensive floor was not much better as the Leopards made just 19 of 89.

"I'll tell you it was ugly." Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. "But we were happy that fundamentally, our team played together throughout both halves."

In fact, the Leopards used no less than a half dozen playing combinations in what Powell termed" an effort for this young team to find an identity."

But one thing is for certain.

The Leopards know Katy Powell. Powell scored Smithsburg's first seven points and had 11 by the half. She effortlessly moved the ball up court against the Eagle's half court trap, and opened the fourth quarter with a performance that could only be called a rally buster.

With Smithsburg ahead 38-21and threatening to blow the game wide open, the Eagles mounted a furious comeback behind Stambaugh and Stacey Mularkey. In fact, FSK went on an 8-0 run to end the third quarter trailing just 38-29.

But Powell opened the fourth quarter on a personal 7-0 run of her own punctuated by a twenty foot three from the left key and Smithsburg never looked back.

Game over.

"This is a patient team." Katy Powell said. "We know if we keep coming, good things will happen.We are athletic, and as the season goes on, our confidence can only get better."

"This was nice to win this one for our young team." Jimmy Powell said. "We have a long way to go. These kids know what is coming down the road."

Powell also lauded the play of freshman guard Shannon Fowkes.

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