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Scoring frenzy lifts Leopards

January 14, 2006|By JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG -

The Smithsburg Leopards turned a 26-26 halftime tie with the Brunswick into a rout during the third quarter, outscoring the Railroaders 28-3 and running away with a 61-39 win Friday night in an MVAL Antietam girls basketball game.

"At the end of the first half, we saw that they had some problems with the 2-2-1 press," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "So we came out with that in the second half and we got some easy baskets off of that. Then we started changing our defenses and that really confused them."

Smithsburg (5-3, 1-2) scored the first 23 points of the third quarter to build a 49-26 advantage with 1:15 remaining in the period. Junior guard Rebecca Gouff got all eight of her points in the period for the Leopards. Gouff finished with a game-high five steals.

"I thought that Rebecca Gouff gave us a lot of energy on defense, which led to us shooting layups," Fowkes said. "We had a really big third quarter. Everybody contributed offensively in that quarter. I thought tonight was probably our best offensive game so far this season. We still have to continue to improve."

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Teonna Jewell collected 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Leopards.

"We have a lot of athleticism on our team," Jewell said. "We put a little full-court pressure on them in the third quarter and it kind of rattled them. It helped to create some steals and we got some open shots out of it."

Laura Sudec scored 10 points and Cara Jordan made four steals for Smithsburg.

Brianne Walters scored 12 points, while Danielle Maught added 10 points for Brunswick (4-6, 2-2).

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