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Leopards ensure it's not close at the end

January 24, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — The Smithsburg girls basketball team waited until midway through the second quarter to pull away from South Hagerstown on Monday night on the way to a 75-35 MVAL Antietam victory.

The Leopards led 25-22 with five minutes remaining in the first half before scoring 22 unanswered points over the next 6:30 to build a large 47-22 advantage just 1:30 into the second half.

Senior guard Taylor Belella scored a game-high 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, for Smithsburg (12-1, 8-1). Belella also had game-high six steals to go along with six assists.

“Our coaches are always telling us to have confidence in ourselves when we shoot,” Belella said. “I just tried to have confidence in myself when I was shooting. It looked like that everybody had confidence when they were shooting. We shot well and played great as a team. We came out at the start and got right down to business. We kept it up for the whole game. Our coaches always get on us to play hard for all four quarters.”

Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart was impressed with Belella’s performance.

“Taylor hit a bunch of shots,” Barnhart said. “I just think that she was just taking what the defense was giving her. She was taking the right shots and making the right passes.”

Danielle Harbaugh came off the bench to pull down a game-high 10 rebounds and score 13 points for the Leopards. Sara Rishell scored 12 points, while Katie Sprecher added nine points and five assists, Apryl Lee had seven rebounds and Alexis Andrukat had six assists for Smithsburg.

“I thought it was a pretty good team win,” Barnhart added. “Everybody contributed. I think that we had excellent perimeter shooting tonight. We rebounded the ball well offensively. Our goal is to just get better every day. I thought South did a fine job of shooting the ball. We did a better job in the second half of finding their open shooters.”

Dejaih Johnson scored a team-high 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, for South (2-10, 1-7). Katrice Dickson had seven rebounds, while Kendra Berkley and Alexis Small added six rebounds each for the Rebels.

“I think we started off strong in the first quarter,” South coach Amy Deeds said. “We kept our defense packed inside. We were getting a lot of defensive rebounds and not allowing many second shots. Our defense fell off in the second half. We allowed too many open shots. They have a lot of good shooters that knocked down some key buckets to pull them ahead in the second half.”

JV: South, 43-37 (SH: Tayana Stewart 18 points; Sm: Kinsey Shifflett 19 points).

Smithsburg 75, S. Hagerstown 35
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (2-10, 1-7)

Helms 0 1-2 1, Johnson 4 0-0 11, Dickson 4 0-1 8, Berkley 1 1-2 3, Freeman 2 0-0 4, Showe 2 0-0 4, Small 1 2-2 4. Totals 14 4-7 35.
SMITHSBURG (12-1, 8-1)
Belella 8 0-0 19, Lee 2 3-4 7, Holl 1 0-0 2, Andrukat 2 0-0 5, Sprecher 2 5-7 9, Owens 3 0-0 6, Rishell 5 2-2 12, Harbaugh 6 1-2 13, Koterwas 1 0-0 2. Totals 30 11-15 75.
S. Hagerstown    15    7    8    5    —    35
Smithsburg    21    19    20    15    —    75

3-point goals — South 3 (Johnson 3), Smithsburg 4 (Belella 3, Andrukat).

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