Leopards' Stanford saves the day

February 10, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - Smithsburg's boys basketball team failed to react to Williamsport sharpshooter David Warrenfeltz in the first quarter, and he made the Leopards pay dearly.

Warrenfeltz keyed an opening 21-7 Wildcats run with three 3-pointers that touched nothing but net, and Williamsport cruised to a 62-44 victory over Smithsburg in the MVAL Antietam.

"I thought we played well last game (against Clear Spring Saturday), and this game we came out with little intensity," Leopards coach Eric Gerber said. "We left Warrenfeltz open and he's one of the best shooters in the league, and it was a disappointing start."


Will Roney had six of his 14 points in the opening run, in which the Wildcats (10-8, 5-5) made nine of 11 shots. Williamsport finished the half leading 36-16 after making 15 of 25 shots (60 percent), using a variety of backdoor cuts down the lane and the baseline. Phil Jordan scored nine of his team-high 17 points in the second quarter.

"The first half offensively was one of our better games," Wildcats coach Deron Crawford said. "We moved the ball around, made the extra pass inside and knocked down open shots. ... I really think we're due for many games shooting the ball like that. We've had several games where we've shot 35 percent from the floor, and we're a batter shooting team than that."

"They played well," Gerber said. "When they play like that, they're a good team. They could make some noise in the region (playoffs)."

Nate Steelman scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half for Smithsburg (3-13, 1-7), making three 3-pointers. Junior center Chris Gyurisin scored a career-high 13 - including seven of the Leopards' nine points in the first quarter.

"(Gyurisin) did some things we've been working on in practice with him," Gerber said. "Steelman got going late, but a little too late."

Gerber cleared his bench - Smithsburg is down to nine players with Drew Crawford's injury - for most of the final three quarters, giving his inexperienced squad plenty of playing time.

"You hope they learn each game and get better individually," Gerber said. "Hopefully the young guys are learning stuff for next year, because that's where we are as a program."

The Herald-Mail Articles