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Leopards turn up pressure to cook Titans

December 29, 2010|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — Trailing 46-39 heading into the fourth quarter, Smithsburg girls basketball coach Katie Barnhart decided to change up her defense.

The Leopards started picking up full court and picking off passes.

Katie Sprecher and Sara Rishell combined for 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists and fueled a 20-8 fourth quarter to complete Smithsburg’s come-from-behind 59-54 win over Tuscarora on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Pap Draper Classic at Smithsburg High School.

“They’re very excited right now,” Barnhart said as she walked out of her locker room after the victory. “I think it’s a good thing for a team, especially early in the season, to come out with a win in a close game. I think that was really good for our confidence.”

Smithsburg took its first lead, 53-52, with 1:50 left to go and outscored the Titans 6-2 down the stretch to remain undefeated at 5-0.

With three freshmen on the floor in the closing minutes, Tuscarora coach Barry Weiser said inexperience hurt the Titans down the stretch.

“We got a little rattled and we didn’t run our press break the way we have been in practice,” he said. “I just think the crowd noise and them coming back on us, having pressure on us with inexperience in the game really led to a lot of turnovers toward the end.”

Shania Johnson, one of the freshmen, led Tuscarora with 17 points and five assists while Lyric Forney had nine points and Jasmine Naylor added eight. The Titans held an 18-8 lead in the first quarter before Smithsburg began clawing back.

Using that full-court pressure, Smithsburg forced six key turnovers late.

“It’s definitely a big win,” said Rishell, who scored six consecutive points in the final minutes to help seal the win. “We’ve been in this situation before … but we’re coached in a way where we never give up. We’ve got all the heart in the world.”

With the win, Smithsburg advances to today’s championship game against Jefferson, a 63-32 winner over St. Maria Goretti in the opener.

Jefferson’s McKinley Thomas led the way with 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting and eight rebounds, while Alyssa Plourde added 18. The Cougars put the game out of reach by reeling off 24 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a commanding 49-22 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

“I was really proud of the way they came out in the second half,” said Jefferson coach Nicole Reed. “They turned the intensity level up.”

Goretti got a team-high 18 points from Colleen Costello before she fouled out in the fourth.

Goretti will take on Tuscarora in the consolation game at 6 p.m., with the championship game to follow.

Smithsburg 59, Tuscarora 54
TUSCARORA (1-5)

Johnson 6-18 3-3 17, Lee 4-8 1-3 10, Forney 3-5 0-0 9, Naylor 3-8 2-7 8, Wiley 3-5 0-2 6, DeLoenibus 1-2 0-0 2, Hallyburton 1-1 0-0 2, Roby 0-3 0-0 0, Totals 21-50 6-15 54.
SMITHSBURG (5-0)
Sprecher 8-20 5-9 23, Rishell 6-16 5-8 17, Belella 4-12 0-0 8, Andrukat 2-6 1-2 5, Nickels 1-6 1-6 3, Harbaugh 1-2 1-2 3, Totals 22-62 13-27 59.
Tuscarora     22    10    14    8    —    54
Smithsburg    16    12    11    20    —    59

3-point goals — Tuscarora 6 (Forney 3), Smithsburg 2 (Sprecher 2). Rebounds — Tuscarora 25 (Naylor 7), Smithsburg 29 (Sprecher 7, Rishell 7, Nickels 7). Assists — Tuscarora 10 (Johnson 6), Smithsburg 18 (Rishell 6). Steals — Tuscarora 4 (Johnson 2), Smithsburg 4 (Rishell 2). Blocks — Tuscarora 1 (Wiley), Smithsburg 4 (Sprecher 2, Rishell 2). Turnovers — Tuscarora 21, Smithsburg 19. Fouled out — Naylor, Wiley. Technical foul — Tuscarora bench.  

Jefferson 63, St. Maria Goretti 32
ST. MARIA GORETTI (7-3)

Costello 6-18 6-9 18, Eich 3-4 1-3 7, Lorensen 3-5 0-0 6, Sullivan 0-1 1-5 1, Cronise 0-5 0-0 0, Murray 0-4 0-0 0, Brooks 0-1 0-0 0, Pasierb 0-0 0-2 0, Totals 12-38 8-20 32.
JEFFERSON (4-4)
Thomas 11-13 2-6 25, Plourde 9-13 0-0 18, Wallace 1-6 0-2 2, McDonald 1-6 0-0 2, Wagner 1-3 0-1 2, Jones 1-3 0-0 2, Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Langley 1-3 0-0 2, Shipley 1-2 0-2 2, Miller 0-5 0-0 0, Totals 29-58 2-11 63.
Goretti    4    16    2    10    —    32
Jefferson    15    10    24    14    —    63

3-point goals — Jefferson 1 (Thomas). Rebounds — Goretti 26 (Costello 10), Jefferson 31 (Thomas 8). Assists — Goretti 4 (Eich 2), Jefferson 18  (Wagner 7). Steals — Goretti 4 (Lorensen 2), Jefferson 13 (Thomas 3, Plourde 3). Blocks — Goretti 3 (Cronise, Eich, Lorensen), Jefferson 3 (Thomas 3). Turnovers — Goretti 38, Jefferson 26. Fouled out — Costello.

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