Prep notebook: Leopards at home in Hubs' gym

January 06, 2011

Girls Basketball

Smithsburg is comfortable with the idea of making North Hagerstown its home away from home.

If there was any doubt, the Leopards proved the point Thursday.

Smithsburg scored a convincing 60-48 victory over North in a game pitting arguably the top two teams in Washington County. It was the first of two MVAL Antietam meetings between the teams, both to be played at North to fulfill an agreement last year when the Hubs played both times at Smithsburg because of a charity benefit.

Still, it was a big step for Smithsburg, considering North is one of the two main foes it has to overcome to win the league title.

“This is a big win for us, coming off the Catoctin loss,” said coach Katy Barnhart. “It was nice to come out and play well.”

It is was a win which could help the Leopards down the road, especially when the two teams meet again on Feb. 4 at North again.

The Leopards won the first round of the battle, and did it convincingly.

Smithsburg slowed the game down by making the extra passes in its offensive set. It not only kept the Hubs from upping the tempo — which is when they are at their best — but it shifted North’s defense around to expose easy baskets.

Maybe the biggest factor in the Leopards’ favor was their making 25 of 32 foul shots to basically win the game. North made more field goals (21-17) and 3-pointers (4-1) to have the edge when the clock was running, but also had more fouls (23-11) to give Smithsburg more chances at the foul line.

“Our foul shooting has been a problem lately,” Barnhart said. “It was great to see them respond tonight in a hostile environment.”

That might be the biggest advantage the Leopards got out of this trip, no matter if they are playing at home, away or home away from home.

Warriors will ‘Shoot Pink’

Boonsboro will hold two “Shoot Pink” nights for breast cancer awareness later this season.

The Warriors will raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley and the Kay Yow Cancer Research Fund when they host South Hagerstown on Jan. 21 and Brunswick on Feb. 4.

Pink T-shirts are being sold for the two nights. Anyone wishing to purchase a shirt can visit the website

In addition, all proceeds from concessions and a percentage of money raised through ticket sales will be donated to the two charities.

Boys Basketball

Saint James’ Leonard Livingston is putting his 6-foot-9 frame to use in the paint as a defensive stalwart.

With his massive wingspan, Livingston has blocked an incredible 8.6 shots per game. He is also averaging 11.8 rebounds.

* Jarrod McCoy and Spencer Heller are the two offensive leaders for Hancock, having accounted for 68 percent of the team’s scoring through seven games.

* Chambersburg is off to a second consecutive 7-2 start and hopes to do much better than last year down the stretch, when the Trojans stumbled to a 12-10 record.

* Boonsboro, by virtue of two wins in the Everett Holiday Tournament, has already matched last year’s number of victories in a 3-21 season.

* Hedgesville is off to its second straight 9-0 start. The Eagles play unbeaten Washington on Jan. 14.

* Broadfording’s Pete Cradduck and Mercersburg Academy’s Chall Montgomery share the honors for the top single-game scoring performance this season, each netting 36 in a game.

Three-point marksmen

Among schools reporting statistics, here are leading 3-point shotmakers: Q.J. Peterson, Hedgesville (23); Dylan Leazier, Goretti (22), D.J. Blanks, Broadfording (21); Avery Wilmore, Saint James (18); Alec Wheeler, Saint James (18); Taylor Vazquez, Washington (15); Skyler Roman, Chambersburg (14) and Jarrod McCoy, Hancock (14).

Unbeatens roll on offense

Two of the unbeaten teams in the Tri-State area are at the top of the team scoring list.

Washington (8-0) is averaging 74.5 points per game, and the Patriots are doing it with four players averaging double figures, led by Charles Haigler’s 17.

Williamsport (8-0) is averaging 71.3 points, while Hedgesville (9-0) is averaging 66.3. The Eagles also are allowing only 36.2 points defensively.

— Staff writers Bob Parasiliti, Dan Kauffman and Tim Koelble compiled this notebook.

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