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Leopards brush by Brunswick

February 12, 2005|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - If Smithsburg's victory on Friday is considered artistic, it would definitely be a Piccaso.

A lot of things were abstract and didn't seem to fit well together for the Leopards girls in their 47-39 win over Brunswick. But when it came down to it, Candace Stanford provided the broad brushstrokes Smithsburg needed to pull out the MVAL Antietam victory.

Stanford put the vivid coloring on Smithsburg's win, scoring 14 points - mostly in key situations - while helping the Leopards bust Brunswick's zone defense with her penetration.

"It wasn't an offensive masterpiece," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "Candace was big for us. What happened was Brunswick gave us the middle of the floor with their zone defense and Candace does a good job getting to the middle to get a shot or to create something."

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Despite her impact, Fowkes was forced to use Stanford sparingly.

"She has been fighting the flu and we tried to conserve when we could," he said. "Laura Sudec really helped us out inside in the fourth quarter."

Both teams slogged through the first quarter as Smithsburg pulled out to a 5-2 lead after eight minutes on a pair of buckets by Stanford coming off the bench.

Brunswick tied the score at 7-7 on a Leah McCallum rebound and layup 4:24 left in the half. Smithsburg began to get inside the Railroaders' zone and ran off an 11-0 run before settling for an 18-12 halftime lead.

Neither team was artsy or crafty with their collective first-half play. They combined to shoot 11 of 48 (22.9 percent) - including 7-for-24 by Smithsburg - and turned the ball over 44 times.

"We didn't take care of the ball," Brunswick coach Bill Martin said. "We had nearly as many turnovers (31) as we had points. I couldn't believe we scored just two points in the first quarter. We have been in a funk since our big game against Williamsport. We haven't played well or practiced well since then. It's like we are sitting on our laurels of winning that game."

Smithsburg pulled out to a 26-17 lead, capped by another Stanford basket, before Brunswick made a rush to get back in the game on a McCallum 3 and two more treys by Chelsey Martin to pull within 28-27 before falling behind 31-27 at the end of three quarters.

The Railroaders stayed within 35-32 in the fourth quarter until Stanford started and ended a 8-2 runs with bookend baskets for a 43-33 lead. Stanford iced the game with four foul shots in the final 48 seconds.

"We did play well defensively," Fowkes said. "We aren't the prettiest offensive team, but we'll still take this win because it was at home."

Stanford added four rebounds and two assists to her outing while Teonna Jewell added 10 points, Julie Weaver managed seven rebounds and Kenzie Bowen had five assists.

Smithsburg's defense was able to overcome a 17-point, 17-rebound outing by McCallum, who also had five steals and three assists.

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