Smithsburg girls hang on

February 12, 2004|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg girls basketball team is finding out that even in success, there is room for improvement.

The Leopards jumped out to a big first-half lead Wednesday but were forced to weather a North Hagerstown comeback attempt to take a 43-37 MVAL Antietam victory over the Hubs.

"We played pretty well on the defensive end," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "We got balanced scoring on the offensive end. I thought that Laura Best and Emily Favret really stepped up when they came in and that really gave us a boost in the first half. We have run off eight straight conference wins, but we still need to get better."

The win allowed Smithsburg (11-6, 8-1) to remain in second place, a game behind Catoctin in the Antietam standings.

Sophomore guard Teonna Jewell keyed Smithsburg's run to the early lead by scoring all 10 of her team-high points in the first half. Tara Knable added nine points and eight rebounds, while Best also grabbed eight rebounds for the Leopards.


The Leopards defense held every Hubs player to two points or less, except for 6-foot-2 junior center Chelsea Clark. Clark made nine field goals and converted 11 of her 21 free throws for a game-high 29 points for the Hubs (7-10, 6-4) to go with 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

"I thought that Chelsea Clark was definitely a force for them," Fowkes said. "We tried to make it as tough as we could for her tonight, but she still got her points. Fortunately for us, we did a good job of shutting everybody else down."

North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown had lots of praise for Smithsburg.

"Smithsburg has got a nice team," Brown said. "They have got a great group of kids and great coaches. They do all of the little things and they hustle. I saw great sportsmanship on that side today, too. You are talking about a program that has got great tradition. With that tradition comes pride."

Smithsburg built an 18-8 advantage with 2:37 remaining in the second quarter before maintaining at least a six-point lead the rest of the way. Clark scored 15 of the Hubs' 17 fourth-quarter points to keep North in contention.

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