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Gaels blown down by Leopards

December 29, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

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    SMITHSBURG -- It only took a pair of Smithsburg runs to outdo the St. Maria Goretti girls basketball team Monday night in opening round action of the 11th Pap Draper Classic.

    The Leopards went on a 15-0 run in the first half to build a hefty lead and they added a 17-point spurt in the third quarter to soften the cushion as they rolled to a 58-23 victory -- their second over the Gaels this season.

    Katie Sprecher led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore reserve Alexis Andrukat had 12 points and Allie Nickels scored nine to go with eight rebounds.

    "We really wanted to push the tempo to start the game," said Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart, whose team won 53-34 against Goretti on Dec. 8. "That got us going and put the game at a pace that we like to play. We were pleased with that performance considering it's the first time we've been together since Dec. 18."

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The Leopards (5-1) pressed Goretti from the start and forced them into 36 turnovers -- four more than the Gaels had field goal attempts.

"We just played sloppy. We didn't come out with any intensity," said Goretti coach Todd Rideout. "(Smithburg) played that high-low game and they were able to get easy baskets off turnvers. We just don't take care of the ball and we make a lot of mental mistakes."

Smithsburg led 6-4 with just over two minutes left in the first quarter before running off 15 points in a row. Sprecher had six of those points and Andrukat added five to help the Leopards to a 23-8 halftime edge.

Goretti (3-7) opened the third quarter with a basket to reach double digits, but the Leopards answered with a 17-0 run to take the lead to 40-10 with 3:13 left in the period. Seven of the nine Leopards in uniform etched the scorebook.

"We're pretty deep. Anybody can come in the game and play an important role and this was a good team win tonight," Barnhart said. "Goretti is aggressive, they play hard and they're well-coached. Usually we struggled with them because they're so fundamentally sound, but we played a good game tonight."

Colleen Costello and Maggie Garvey led Goretti with six points each.

Smithsburg will take on Joppatowne, which defeated Tuscarora, tonight at 8 in the championship game of the tournament. The Gaels will play the Titans in the consolation game at 6.

Smithsburg 58, St. Maria Goretti 23
ST. MARIA GORETTI (3-7)

Murray 1 0-0 2, Cronise 0 0-1 0, Costello 3 0-5 6, Garvey 3 0-2 6, Thompson 1 2-4 4, Brooks 2 0-0 5. Totals 10 2-12 23.
SMITHSBURG (5-1)
Belella 1 0-0 2, Gardenhour 0 2-3 2, Andrukat 5 1-8 12, Sprecher 7 5-7 19, Owens 2 4-6 8, Rishell 3 0-0 6, Nickels 3 3-3 9. Totals 21 15-27 58.
Goretti 4 4 6 9 -- 23
Smithsburg 14 9 17 18 -- 58

3-point goals--St. Maria Goretti 1 (Brooks); Smithsburg 1 (Andrukat).

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