SMITHSBURG — It’s always in a blowout when the chance comes for every player to get in the boxscore.
Coaches just hope their team is on the winning side and has that opportunity.
Such was the case for Smithsburg on Friday night, when the Leopards rocked North Carroll in their home opener, 72-49. All 13 Leopards saw playing time and got in the scoring column.
“It won’t happen often, but it’s nice when the starters get a chance to watch the rest of the team on the floor score, and we were able to do that for extended minutes in the fourth quarter,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber.
Trent Springs scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the first half. Ben Gibson and Cobi King each added eight points for Smithsburg, which rebounded from an opening-game loss to Middletown on Wednesday.
“We didn’t shoot well against Middletown, but tonight we got into transition with effective defensive traps early,” said Gerber.
Smithsburg trailed briefly at 2-0 when 6-foot-3 center Sean Nevin scored inside for the Panthers (0-3).
After that, Springs went to work with a 3-pointer at the 5:50 mark, followed by Robby Hogue’s trey and another 3-pointer by Springs for a 9-2 lead.
Leading 21-6 in the second period, Smithsburg went on an 8-0 run that included five points by Tyson Pierre, and the rout was officially on.
Smithsburg led 37-15 at halftime, and another 8-0 run midway through the third quarter hiked the lead to 49-22. Yet another 8-0 run early in the final quarter let the Leopards double up North Carroll 60-30 before the rest of the team played the final five minutes.
Smithsburg’s defensive pressure around the perimiter played havoc with North Carroll’s guards. Just four minutes into the game, the Panthers had five turnovers. All told, North Carroll finished with 24 turnovers compared to 11 for the Leopards.
“We got good rotation on defense,” said Gerber. “Our goal is to get twice as many turnovers as ours.”
Smithsburg shot well, hitting 25 of 53 field goals — including 7 of 18 from 3-point range.
“We worked well off screens and kicked the ball back out front for good looks when we needed,” said Gerber. “We understood tonight when the right time was to attack and kick back. And as small as we are, we have to shoot well.”
Hogue, Jordan Fortson and Devaughn Wynne each added seven points to the wealth for Smithsburg.
NORTH CARROLL (0-3)
Clarke 3, Joyce 2, Besley 4, Whitehead 5, Nevin 7, Keith 2, Mabrey 3, Anderson 15, Ewen 8. Totals 14 16-29 49.
Spickler 2, Springs 14, Pierre 5, Fortson 7, Wynne 7, Hogue 7, Stevens 3, King 8, Ryan 1, Bolton 2, Gibson 8, Dinterman 2, Tracey 2, Barnes 4. Totals 26 13-22 72.
No. Carroll 4 11 13 21 — 49
Smithsburg 16 21 15 20 — 72
3-point goals—North Carroll 5 (Clarke, Whitehead, Mabrey, Anderson 2); Smithsburg 7 (Springs 3, Pierre, Hogue, Gibson, Wynne). Rebounds—North Carroll 34 (Nevin 10), Smithsburg 31(Fortson 7). Turnovers—North Carroll 24, Smithsburg 11. JV—Smithsburg, 60-40 (S: Garrett Brenk 16).