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Leopards put Williamsport on the spot

January 31, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - Call it four-shadowing.

The Smithsburg boys' basketball team extended its streak with its fourth-straight win while putting an end to Williamsport's quartet of success with a 51-37 victory Thursday in the first game of a Monocacy Valley Athletic League basketball doubleheader.

Smithsburg's girls made it a sweep with a 40-37 win over the Wildcats.

In the boys game, Smithsburg (11-4, 8-4) waited until the second half to pull away from Williamsport (7-7, 5-6).

Williamsport trimmed Smithsburg's lead to 21-19 at the start of the third quarter before the Leopards outscored the Wildcats 26-10 during a 13-minute span for an 47-29 advantage.

Senior guard Ryan Marquiss scored 10 of his 17 points in the stretch for the Leopards to go with six rebounds and three assists.

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"Our defense has been carrying us during this winning streak," Marquiss said. "If we keep playing like we have been defensively and if we play up to our potential on offense, then we should be in every game, and Lord willing, we can win the rest of our games."

Corey Brown added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Sean Hunt canned a trio of 3-pointers to finish with nine points for the Leopards.

"I think that we are playing very well defensively right now," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "Gerry Spessard did a tremendous job defensively on a very good player, Nick Adenhart."

Adenhart, who came into the game averaging 18.1 points per game for Williamsport, was held to 11 points by Spessard. Ryan Martin added seven rebounds and Ben Jordan had five rebounds for the Wildcats.

"We got outplayed," Williamsport coach Deron Crawford said. "They took it to us in every phase of the game."

In the girls' game, Smithsburg (11-4, 8-3) and Williamsport (9-5, 6-4) were tied at 36-36 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining when senior Katy Powell grabbed a rebound and dribbled down the length of the court for a layup to give Smithsburg the final lead.

"I looked for the open player, but at that time nobody was open," Powell said. "So, I just took it myself and it turned out to be a big play for us."

After Alex Gogin hit a free throw for Williamsport, Heather Bywaters scored a basket to give Smithsburg its final margin of victory.

The Wildcats had a final chance to tie the game, but Leopards center Tara Knable stole the ball with 12 seconds remaining to ice the victory.

Powell led Smithsburg with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Bywaters scored nine points, while Knable added six rebounds and four blocked shots for the Leopards.

Lindsey Plotner collected 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Jackie Hamilton added 13 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats.

"We played well," Williamsport coach Kevin Murphy. "We just came up a little bit short."

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