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Powell takes Smithsburg's girls hoops job

May 31, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

SMITHSBURG -- Katy Powell will return to the basketball floor she is so familiar with at Smithsburg High School.

Powell, the former Leopards star, is the new girls basketball coach at Smithsburg, succeeding Eddie Hargreaves.

A self-professed basketball gym rat, Powell, 23, scored 1,741 points at Smithsburg before graduating in 2003. She tallied another 1,072 points at McDaniel College, placing her 12th on the all-time list there.

"I hadn't thought about being a coach, but didn't rule it out," said Powell. "I thought being a coach would come down the road. (Eddie) was doing a good job with them. I was surprised."

Powell received her degree in Biology at McDaniel and currently teaches anatomy and physiology, earth and space science at Smithsburg.

Coming up through the ranks into high school she played for her father, Jimmy, and Bill Fowkes.

"I'm sure I'll feel the pressure to do as well as my dad did," she said. "He had quite a history. It's a big responsibility and I think I'll feel more attached right away, rather than being at a different place."

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From her high school and college playing days, Powell said she's gained an understanding of what she'd like her team to do.

Recognizing that she won't have 'five Powells' on the floor at the same time, she said she wants to be a coach that is well-rounded.

"You need to be consistent with guards that can handle the basketball and people that can make good positions on the floor," she said. "In college, you had strong post players and that's different from most high schools.

"It's nice to have a run-and-gun, uptempo offense, but just as important in situations to be able to run a half-court offense. Hopefully all of it will come together."

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