Lions, Trout reel in Leopards girls

January 06, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

SMITHSBURG - The more Walkersville guard Chelsea Trout shot the ball Friday night, the further behind Smithsburg fell.

Trout lit up the Leopards for 32 points - the vast majority coming on open shots from the perimeter - while her teammates fed her the ball again and again as the No. 1 Lions knocked off No. 3 Smithsburg 61-44 in a key early-season Monocacy Valley Athletic League matchup.

"When I don't take a lot of shots, I'm usually off," Trout said after her career-best performance, "but when I keep shooting and my teammates get me the ball consistently, I usually put them in."

Trout scored 11 of Walkersville's first 13 points in an opening 13-4 run, but Smithsburg (4-2, 3-1) answered with an 8-0 run to close the quarter down by one.


However, Walkersville (7-1, 6-0) started wearing down the Leopards with their defensive pressure, as Smithsburg committed 28 turnovers.

Baskets from Trout, Emily Lancaster, Gina Casadei and Koffi Harrsion to open the second quarter gave the Lions a 21-12 lead, and Trout's offensive rebound and putback at the buzzer gave Walkersville a 30-21 lead at the break.

Trout, who had 15 points at halftime, heated up again in the third quarter. Thanks to quick ball movement that broke down Smithsburg's defense and left her open for shots, Trout scored the first 13 points of the period for the Lions as Walkersville's lead ballooned to 16.

"That's the basis of our whole halfcourt offense, is to swing the ball, drive and find the open shooter," Walkersville coach Mike Mathis said. "She was knocking them down."

"It didn't feel like 32 points," Trout said. "I didn't feel like I was rushing shots. When I was open and they got me the ball, I shot it. I wasn't forcing things."

Smithsburg senior Katy Powell scored her 28 points inside and out, but didn't get much offensive help from her teammates, none of whom scored more than four points.

"We needed someone else to step up and play offense for us, and that's a fact," Leopards coach Jimmy Powell said.

Meanwhile, Trout got support from Koffi Harrison (11 points) and D.J. Vernoy (eight points), who also played terrific pressure defense from the point guard position.

"They're the best team in this league, no doubt," Powell said of Walkersville. "They are experienced and they go eight or nine deep. Our goal was to win the third quarter and get back in the game, and it didn't work out."

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