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Leopards win Draper Classic

December 30, 2010|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Smithsburg's Sara Rishell, left, attempts to block the shot attempt by Jefferson's Alyssa Plourde during Thursday's game. Rishell was whistled for a foul.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — Sara Rishell had a triple-double — 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks — for Smithsburg as the host Leopards beat Jefferson 50-32 to win the Pap Draper Classic on Thursday night.

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“I’m just happy we won,” Rishell said. “It means a lot to get this win.”

Smithsburg (6-0) is undefeated in the Pap Draper Classic since Katy Barnhart took over the head coaching position in 2008.

“There’s a lot of tradition in this tournament,” Barnhart said. “The kids look forward to it because it gives them a chance to play teams they don’t usually play.”

Smithsburg raced to a 19-9 lead in the second quarter, but a 13-4 run by Jefferson to end the half cut the Leopards’ lead to one.

“The girls played three-and-three-fourths quarters of good basketball. They did everything we asked them to,” Jefferson coach Nicole Reed said.

An evenly matched third quarter kept the game close heading into the fourth, where the Leopards outscored Jefferson, 15-2.

“We turned it on when we had to in the fourth,” Barnhart said. “Jefferson hustled and played hard — they’re a good team.”

Senior guard Katie Sprecher added 17 points for Smithsburg, while junior Alexis Andrukat dropped in 12.

Both squads struggled from the charity stripe, collectively shooting just 48.4 percent.

Alyssa Plourde and McKinley Thomas led the Cougars (4-5) with seven points each.

In the consolation game, Tuscarora cruised to a 70-30 victory over St. Maria Goretti.

Freshman guard Shania Johnson led the Titans with 23 points and seven assists. Lyric Forney added 15 points.

Tuscarora (2-5) took a 25-10 lead after the first quarter and outscored the Gaels 39-11 in the second half to seal the win.

Colleen Costello had a double-double for Goretti (7-4) with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The all-tournament team: Smithsburg — Alexis Andrukat, Alexandra Nickels, Sara Rishell, Katie Sprecher; St. Maria Goretti — Colleen Costello; Jefferson — Alyssa Plourde, McKinley Thomas, Kaitlyn Wagner; Tuscarora — Lyric Forney, Jasmine Naylor.

Smithsburg 50, Jefferson 32
SMITHSBURG (6-0)

Sprecher 6 5-6 17, Andrukat 4 1-2 12, Rishell 5 0-4 10, Harbaugh 3 0-0 6, Nickels 2 1-3 5. Totals 20 7-15 50.
JEFFERSON (4-5)
Plourde 2 3-8 7, McKinley 1 5-8 7, Gayle 2 0-0 6, Miller 2 0-0 5, Jones 2 0-0 4, Wagner 1 0-0 3. Totals 10 8-16 32.
Smithsburg    13    10    12    15    —    50
Jefferson    9    13    8    2    —    32

3-point goals — Smithsburg 1 (Andrukat), Jefferson 4 (Gayle 2, Miller, Wagner).

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Tuscarora 70, St. Maria Goretti 30
TUSCARORA (2-5)

Johnson 11 0-0 23, Forney 6 0-0 15, Naylor 3 3-4 9, De Leonibus 4 0-0 8, Lee 3 0-0 6, Roby 2 0-0 5, Dragan 2 0-0 4. Totals 27 3-4 70.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (7-4)
Costello 7 3-4 17, Eich 1 5-6 7, Lorensen 1 0-0 3, Cronise 0 2-2 2, Sullivan 0 1-2 1. Totals. 9 11-14 30.
Tuscarora    25    11    22    17    —    70
Goretti    10    9    1    10    —    30

3-point goals — Tuscarora 5 (Forney 3, Johnson, Roby), St. Maria Goretti 1 (Lorensen).

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