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Smithsburg deals Boonsboro girls 1st Antietam loss

February 20, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

BOONSBORO - The Smithsburg girls basketball team hit 14 of 17 foul shots, had 10 players hit the scoring column and upset MVAL Antietam-leading Boonsboro 50-42 Tuesday night.

The Leopards (11-10, 6-3), winners of six straight games, grabbed a 29-16 halftime lead and nursed the advantage through the final 16 minutes.

No. 5 Boonsboro (13-7, 8-1) got within six points with 2:41 remaining in the contest, but could get no closer in suffering its first conference loss of the season.

"That's the best foul shooting we've had all year," Smithsburg coach Eddie Hargreaves said. "With the playoffs drawing near, we are playing the best basketball of the season. We've shown marked improvement over the second half of the season."

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In avenging an earlier 46-42 loss to Boonsboro, Smithsburg controlled the tempo in the first half and had just enough offense in the second half to keep Boonsboro at bay.

"Scoring 29 points in the first half was huge," Hargreaves said. "We've been having trouble on the offensive end of the floor this year, but our defensive play has been steady."

The coach enjoyed the outing, but he and his teammates had some anxious moments in the late going.

"We were a little out of sync there in the fourth quarter, but we prevailed," Hargreaves said. "I think we were trying to protect the lead and got away from out offensive setups. Kortney Morral hit three clutch free throws and Chelsea Hoover added four foul shots. That made a huge difference in the outcome."

The Leopards collected just two field goals in the final eight minutes - by Chelsea Hoover and Emily Hargreaves.

"Ten players in the scoring column indicates a real team effort," Hargreaves said. "Sara Rishell (only a freshman) had 11 rebounds and three blocked shots, Emily had 13 points and six rebounds and Marissa Luipersbeck added five points and four steals."

Boonsboro coach Max Shaffer was disappointed.

"We didn't play very hard. We missed so many shots and got ourselves playing catch-up from early on," Shaffer said. "We're going to have to improve on both ends of the floor as we enter postseason play. We need to more consistent."

Emily Hargreaves led Smithsburg with 13 points. Brynn Arnone had 21 points for Boonsboro, and she controlled the boards and blocked or altered numerous Smithsburg shots.

Boonsboro senior guard Katie Neiman sat out the game with an ankle injury, but Shaffer expects her back in the lineup soon.

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