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Smithsburg, Goretti drop Draper openers

December 30, 2003|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg and St. Maria Goretti each lost in the first round of the 5th Annual Pap Draper Classic on Monday night.

The Goretti girls were beaten 65-34 by the Meade Mustangs in the tourney opener.

In the nightcap, Smithsburg lost to the Institute of Notre Dame, 68-49.

Goretti (5-7) will face Smithsburg (1-5) in the consolation game tonight at 6 p.m. Meade (3-4) will take on Notre Dame (5-2) in the championship game at 8 p.m.

Guard Chandrea Jones came through with a triple-double for Notre Dame by getting 25 points, 14 rebounds and 11 steals.

Notre Dame point guard Amber Smith chipped in with 17 points, five steals and four assists. Brittany Bradley hauled in eight rebounds, while Ashley Burrell and Adrienne Wesley grabbed seven rebounds each for the Indians.

"I think that our quickness and our defensive intensity were the keys to our victory tonight," Notre Dame coach Herb Holter said. "We picked it up in the second quarter and continued it on into the second half. I think that we just eventually wore them down. Smithsburg plays hard and moves the ball well."

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Center Tara Knable collected 13 rebounds and 13 points for Smithsburg. Heather Bywaters scored 14 points and sophomore guard Teonna Jewell tallied 10 points..

"Every time that we had a chance to get back into the basketball game, we would do something foolish with the basketball," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "As it has been all season, we cannot finish up shots. I thought that we got a great game out of Tara Knable. She played really well."

Myeshia Myles, who is a six-foot freshman center, finished with 14 rebounds and 14 points to lead Meade to its victory. Meade point guard Lloren McKinney contributed 12 points, seven assists and four steals. Allyson Carter grabbed 13 rebounds and Aanika Dobbins scored 14 points for the Mustangs.

"We started off with a man-to-man defense to force some pressure," Meade coach John Brown said. "Then we went back to a 2-3 zone defense and we did well."

Tasha Deneen scored 13 of her 15 points during the fourth quarter, while Jessica Myers added seven rebounds for the Gaels.

"We played against a very quick team," St. Maria Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "They beat us on transition. They also pounded the ball inside. We tried to compete. We made a couple of shots down the stretch. But by that time, the game was over with."

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