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Jewell is golden for Leopards

February 25, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - Leave it to a sophomore to steal the thunder on Smithsburg's Senior Night.

Diminuitive 5-foot-4 point guard Teonna Jewell came walking out of the lockeroom with smiles, carrying a plate of cookies and cupcakes in each hand.

Then she provided the real treats. She hit from behind the arc. She drove right. She drove left. She had rebound putbacks. And she went to the foul line.

Even though Smithsburg held a tepid 27-22 lead after three periods, it was Jewell that cemented a 52-40 win for the Leopards over Boonsboro on Tuesday night in the MVAL Antietam finale.

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Jewell had four baskets, including a pair of treys, and hit 7 of 10 from the line in the final eight minutes for 20 of her 22 points.

"I've never had a quarter like that," Jewell said. "Coach (Bill Fowkes) told me to step it up. I like to penetrate to the hoop and dish it off, but tonight I just got going with my shots."

The Leopards (14-8, 11-3) were fortunate to be in the game, trailing only 10-6, in spite of failing to score a field goal in the opening eight minutes.

Boonsboro's Jerica Hewett scored 11 of her team-high 14 points in the first half as the Warriors withstood faulty shooting (5-for-26) in the first 16 minutes.

The Warriors (10-12, 6-8) stayed in the game by controlling the boards with a 27-16 advantage, including five each by Hewett and Caitlyn Selby, for an 18-14 lead the half.

Fowkes used the combination of Shannon Fowkes and Kenzie Bowen on Hewett in the second half, and it proved to be effective as she had only two additional points. The Warriors were also hampered when Sara Beth Williams turned an ankle, which forced Hewett to move to the point position.

"We lost a lot of continuity when Sara Beth went out," Boonsboro coach Bernie Semler said.

Smithsburg helped itself as Tara Knable hit her only three field goals at the outset of the third period to put the Leopards ahead, 21-20.

Fowkes followed up Knable's brief burst with two steals to extend the lead to 25-21, an advantage the Leopards never relinquished.

All of that action set the stage for Jewell's dazzling display in the fourth quarter.

"Teonna was unconscious ... she took over the game," Bill Fowkes said. "She has the confidence and she's done a great job."

Boonsboro, despite its hustle, really couldn't buy much from the field, hitting only 11 of 47, which included 4 of 19 from the 3-point arc.

"Shooting the threes are a part of our offense," said Semler, who will now get his team ready for a visit to Westmar in the Maryland Class 1A tournament Friday. "(Westmar) played Fort Hill and lost by 30 and we beat Fort Hill, so I think we have a nice shot."

The Leopards swing into 1A action on Friday at South Hagerstown against Beall.

"Somehow, whenever Smithsburg and Beall play in any sport, it has become a rival," Fowkes said. "We're all 0-0. We'll step up."

Just let Jewell have plenty of cupcakes and cookies.

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