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Leopards girls pull away from Rebels

January 03, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Smithsburg's girls basketball team improved to 4-4 with a 58-22 victory over South Hagerstown on Wednesday night.

"Once we got the first couple of minutes out of the way, we moved the ball well," Leopards coach Ed Hargreaves said. "We pressured the ball as much as we could. We forced a lot of turnovers. We were able to turn quite a few steals into easy layups. We attacked their zone defense pretty well. We did a good job of finding the open person."

Smithsburg's front line executed well, as 6-foot-1 freshman center Sara Rishell collected nine blocked shots and eight rebounds, while Gretchen Downey and Allie Nickels pulled down seven rebounds each.

Bethany Garnand scored 17 points, Emily Hargreaves had 12 points and Downey added nine points and five steals for the Leopards.

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"Bethany is good to have against the zone defense," Hargreaves said. "She is a good set shooter."

Emma Stahl had eight rebounds and Dannielle Higgins added six boards for South (0-6). Higgins was the Rebels' top scorer with six points.

"The pressure really got to us early and that is what helped Smithsburg," South coach Ray Singletary said. "I give them a lot of credit. They made a lot of shots tonight. We are just young and inexperienced. It takes us a while to get into the game and to catch up with the speed. We're just trying to get better every day. We see what is going on, but not until it is too late."

Smithsburg raced to a 9-2 lead on the way to a 15-5 edge by the end of the period and a 33-11 lead at halftime.

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