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Leopards take control early vs. Hancock

February 12, 2009|By JACK HILL III

The Smithsburg boys basketball team led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter and was well on its way to a 58-34 victory over Hancock on Thursday night.

"We talked before the game about getting off to a good start," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "We were able to do that. Josh Conway was able to look over the press and find Alan Reed open for some layups. I thought we played pretty well. We forced some turnovers and got out in transition."

Steve Kretzer had team-high totals of 14 points and four 3-pointers to go along with three assists and two steals for Smithsburg (6-13). Reed chipped in with 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Leopards, while Conway had eight assists and two steals and Aaron Dinterman grabbed six rebounds.

"Tonight was a nice win," Gerber added. "We did a good job of passing the ball around tonight. We had assists on 18 of our 22 field goals. Josh Conway had eight assists and zero turnovers, which is excellent."

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Spencer Heller, a 6-foot-4 sophomore center, posted a huge double-double for Hancock (3-15) with game-high totals of 20 points and 24 rebounds. He tied the school record for single-game rebounds, set by Jeff Willison in 2003.

Josh Smith added 12 points and four steals for the Panthers.

"We made 18 turnovers and we missed a lot of layups," Hancock coach Ron Hose said. "That just kept us from getting our offense going. In order to beat them, we have to play well. We just didn't keep Smithsburg from getting its transition game going. Smithsburg just took control of the game in the first quarter. They were more ready to play than we were. They were more focused."

After Heller got the first basket of the game for the Panthers, the Leopards reeled off 13 straight points to build a 13-2 lead with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter. Smithsburg led by at least nine points for the rest of the way.

Reed scored eight points in the first quarter and Kretzer scored six in the second as the Leopards built a 34-15 halftime lead. Kretzer added eight more points during the third quarter to enable the Leopards to extend their lead to 46-22.

Despite the win, Gerber said that Smithsburg needs to improve.

"We did not rebound well," he said. "They outrebounded us."

In the JV game, Smithsburg beat Hancock, 70-28.

Smithsburg 58, Hancock 34
HANCOCK (3-15)

Smith 12, Heller 20, Harvey 2. Totals 8 4-9 20.
SMITHSBURG (6-13)
Conway 7, Kendall 3, Orndorff 2, Kretzer 14, Edwards 5, Hogue 2, Shroyer 2, Reed 11, Ianaro 2, Schwartz 2, Dinterman 8. Totals 22 7-14 58.
Hancock 8 7 7 12 -- 34
Smithsburg 19 15 12 12 -- 58

3-point goals -- Smithsburg 7 (Conway, Kendall, Kretzer 4, Edwards). JV -- Smithsburg, 70-28 (S: Dylan Eyler 19; H: Logan Ray 12).

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