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Smithsburg puts the squeeze on Boonsboro

December 13, 2011|BY CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — Skip Chambers saw the perfect storm approaching, but was helpless to do anything about it.

The Boonsboro boys basketball coach knew Smithsburg would apply relentless defensive pressure, but without a point guard, all Chambers could do was watch as his club turned the ball over 31 times in a 68-40 MVAL Antietam loss Tuesday.

“It’s all about pressure, and it’s all about trapping when you can,” said Leopards coach Eric Gerber. “That’s the way we play this year, and we have the quickness to do that. We did a good job forcing turnovers tonight.”

Smithsburg (2-2, 1-0) forged a 17-5 first-period lead and stretched it to 38-24 by halftime behind Ronald Hardy, who finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven steals.

The Leopards hit 16 of 32 shots from the floor in the half, many coming on easy buckets in transition.

Along with the aggressive defensive pressure, Smithsburg also committed 12 first-half fouls, and Boonsboro took full advantage, hitting 12 of 14 from the line to keep the Leopards from completely running away with it.

But the Warriors (0-2, 0-1) were unable to hold out beyond that, scoring just four third-quarter points — including a Justin Lewis 3-pointer with 23 second left in the period — while turning the ball over nine more times.

“After our halftime talk, we only allowed (four third-quarter) points,” said Gerber. “If we can do that, we’re going to be successful.”

Meanwhile, Smithsburg reeled off 17 points behind Hardy, Trent Springs and Jordan Fortson to forge a 55-28 lead entering the final eight minutes.

“We didn’t run our sets, and we didn’t handle the pressure,” said Chambers. “Give them credit, they just kicked our butt.”

JV: Smithsburg, 45-29 (S: Garrett Brank 18; B: Brad Enfield 10).

Smithsburg 68, Boonsboro 40
SMITHSBURG (2-2, 1-0)
Spickler 6, Springs 13, Hardy 21, Ryan 5, Pierre 4, Fortson 9, Stevens 2, Bolton 5, Dinterman 2, Tracey 1, Totals 25 17-28 68.
BOONSBORO (0-2, 0-1)
Seabright 2, Cowden 1, Jardeleza 9, Lewis 4, Stephenson 9, Bennett 7, Miranda 6, Hardy 2, Totals 11 17-26 40.
Smithsburg    17    21    17    13    —    68
Boonsboro    5    19    4    12    —    40
3-point goals — Smithsburg 1 (Fortson), Boonsboro 1 (Lewis). Fouled out — Stevens.

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