Leopards get away with sweep

January 09, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - Smithsburg's boys and girls basketball teams escaped from Williamsport's gym Wednesday night thankful for victories, while the Wildcats could only ponder what could have been.

Tara Knable had seven of her 14 points in the fourth quarter, and Katy Powell added five of her 12 in the period as Smithsburg's girls dodged a bullet and defeated Williamsport 45-39 - thanks in large part to the Wildcats shooting themselves in the foot, making only 11 of 36 attempts from the free-throw line.

"It killed us," Wildcats coach Kevin Murphy said. "What are you going to say? Free throws, we shoot them every day, but frankly we haven't shot them well all year."


"I don't know if we can play much worse and win, but we'll take it," Leopards coach Jimmy Powell said. "It was their game to win. They outplayed us and we still won, and that happens sometimes."

Smithsburg (6-2, 4-1) closed the third quarter on 5-0 run to break a 24-24 tie, then Powell scored the first three points of the fourth quarter on a short jumper and a free throw for a 32-24 lead.

Williamsport (6-3, 3-2) closed to within one, 38-37, on Jackie Hamilton's three-point play with 2:13 left. But Knable and Tara Bywaters combined for six of Smithsburg's final seven points, and the Wildcats managed only one basket in the final two minutes.

Knable had eight rebounds and led the Leopards in both points and boards.

"For her size, she has real soft hands, is a good shooter and she's getting better," Powell said.

n Corey Brown, who struggled offensively for most of the game, put Smithsburg's boys up 36-34 on an inside basket with 2:17 left and made three of four foul shots later as the Leopards held off Williamsport, 42-36.

"Corey made some big plays in the last moments of the game," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "The last two nights he's struggled from the floor like I've never seen him, and he's had to work through that."

Sean Hunt made four 3-pointers for Smithsburg (6-2, 3-2), including three in the third quarter, the final one giving the Leopards a 30-24 lead.

Williamsport (3-5, 1-4) held Smithsburg scoreless for the first 5 minutes, 46 seconds of the fourth quarter as the Wildcats scored the quarter's first six points to tie the game. But three turnovers in the final two minutes, combined with poor shot selection, derailed Williamsport late.

"If we can't perform in the clutch, we aren't going to win games," Wildcats coach Deron Crawford said. "Out of (our final) 16 possessions, we got what we thought was a good look three times."

Smithsburg boys 42 Williamsport 36


Brown 10, Fay 2, Hunt 14, Marquiss 6, Gouff 3, Spessard 3, Crawford 4. Totals 12 12-17 42.


Hose 1, Adenhart 16, Jordan 8, Bowers 2, Martin 1, Bachtell 4, Foley 4. Totals 17 2-6 36.

Smithsburg 12 9 13 8 - 42

Williamsport 9 11 8 8 -3 6

Three-point goals - Smithsburg 6 (Hunt 4, Marquiss, Gouff).

No. 4 Smithsburg girls 45 No. 8 Williamsport 39


Weaver 4, Knable 14, Powell 12, T. Bywaters 9, H. Bywaters 4, Best 2. Totals 14 16-23 45.


Hamilton 12, Grabill 9, Gogin 6, Plotner 7, Taylor 1, Scuffins 4. Totals 14 11-36 39.

Smithsburg 11 7 11 16 - 45

Williamsport 8 9 7 15 - 39

Three-point goals - Smithsburg 1 (Powell). Fouled out - Hamilton, Gogin.

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