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Powell goes out in style as Leopards top Hubs

February 14, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg senior Katy Powell gave Leopard fans one final lasting memory with another all-around performance for her sendoff on Senior Night.

Powell posted 30 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals Thursday to lead the Leopards to a 58-42 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win over North Hagerstown.

"We played well as a team," Powell said. "We pushed up the tempo and played the game at our pace. We got a lot of easy buckets off of the fast break. The younger players stepped up tonight and played well for us. We really liked seeing that."

Powell had plenty of praise for Teresa Bachtell, who is one of the two co-coaches at Smithsburg.

"I like to thank Teresa Bachtell for all of the hard work that she puts in," Powell added. "A lot of it goes unnoticed. She is awesome."

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The Leopards (13-6, 10-5) elminated any doubts early by leaping out to a 20-0 lead during the game's first 11 minutes, 10 seconds, which included 11 points from Powell.

However, the Hubs (5-15, 3-13) refused to roll over. They proved it by outscoring the Leopards 16-10 to close the second quarter and narrow the gap to 26-16 at halftime. Chelsea Clark, North's 6-foot-2 sophomore center, had 11 points and six rebounds in the second quarter to get the Hubs back in the game.

North Hagerstown continued to slice away at Smithsburg's lead during the third quarter. Senior point guard Chrissy Ennis canned a 3-pointer moved the Hubs within 37-31 at the 1:23 mark. But Powell converted a three-point play and Tara Bywaters added a bucket to give the Leopards a 42-31 lead at the end of the quarter.

Powell proceeded to score the first six points of the fourth quarter to stretch Smithsburg's lead to 48-31 with 5:32 left in the contest and that put the game away.

"During the fourth quarter, Katy and Tara Knable really stepped up for us," Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. "Those two players really started us off."

Knable got 13 points and six rebounds, while Bywaters grabbed 10 rebounds for the Leopards.

Clark collected 21 rebounds and 16 points, while Ennis scored 13 points for the Hubs.

"Not scoring in the first quarter hurt us," North Hagerstown coach Helen Mency said. "We came out with intensity in the second quarter and played them even the rest of the way."

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