SMITHSBURG - Telling a defender to keep Boonsboro sharpshooter Alex Baker from scoring is like telling Republicans and Democrats to get along. It's just not going to happen.
But Smithsburg's Molly Powell did the next best thing. She shut out the Warriors' junior from 3-point range, allowing the Leopards to register a 51-46 upset over the previously undefeated No. 2 Warriors in a key MVAL Antietam contest between Washington County rivals.
"My goal was to shut her down," said Powell. "She's pretty quick, and they set a lot of screens for her. She's going to get her points. I'm just happy that when she had opportunities (from beyond the arc), someone was there to stop her."
With Smithsburg (9-4, 5-2) clinging to a one-point lead with 25 seconds left, Powell's defensive work forced a Boonsboro turnover under the basket. After Teonna Jewell's two free throws extended the margin to 49-46, Powell's block of a Baker 3-point attempt with 13 seconds left sealed the win.