Leopards show up in 4th quarter

December 16, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN |
  • Smithsburg's Danielle Harbaugh, center, battles for a rebound with Williamsport's Victoria Key (15) and Stacey Christy, right, on Friday night.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — Williamsport’s girls basketball team held Smithsburg to 9-for-41 shooting in the first three quarters of Tuesday night’s MVAL Antietam contest, and outrebounded the Leopards 47-26 for the game.

But Smithsburg made enough plays in the fourth quarter to render both stats moot, as the Leopards pulled out a 39-38 victory.

“We showed up in the fourth quarter when we needed to,” Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart said. “Seniors like Elisa (Owens) and Apryl (Lee) showed up when we needed them. ... That shows a lot of character and a lot of senior leadership.”

After trailing 16-14 at halftime, Williamsport (2-2, 1-1) started the second half with a 13-3 run — with Casey Arnone scoring seven of her game-high 15 points — to take a 27-19 lead with 2:53 left in the third quarter.

Smithsburg (3-1, 2-0) answered with a 7-0 run before Hannah Kastelein’s inside basket gave the Wildcats a 29-26 lead entering the fourth.

Both teams combined to miss the first 13 shots of the final period before Smithsburg’s Krystal Holl scored on a feed from Alexis Andrukat with five minutes left, and Owens’ 3 with 4:18 left gave the Leopards a 31-29 lead.

Erin Palmer hit two free throws with 3:53 left to tie the game and Arnone hit 1 of 2 free throws to give the Wildcats the lead at 32-31. The Leopards regained the lead when Andrukat found Lee inside for a basket, and Andrukat’s right-handed drive to the basket for a layup gave Smithsburg a 35-32 lead with 2:02 left.

Stacey Christy found Arnone cutting down the lane for a basket with 1:37 left as Williamsport cut Smithsburg’s lead to one. But Owens answered with a jumper from the right elbow with 1:16 left for a 37-34 lead.

Christy scored inside off a deflection to cut the lead to one again with 59.5 seconds left, but Lee answered with a jumper from the left elbow off a feed from Andrukat with 38 seconds left for a 39-36 lead. Williamsport committed a turnover on its next possession, and Lee drew a charge on Victoria Key with 15.1 seconds left.

Smithsburg’s Logan Bachtell missed the front end of a 1-and-1 chance with 10.1 seconds left. Williamsport drove down and Kastelein put back a missed shot, but time ran out and the Leopards survived.

Smithsburg finished 15-for-53 from the field — 6-for-12 in the final period — and 7-for-14 from the foul line, while Williamsport finished 13-for-44 from the field and 11-for-22 at the foul line. The Wildcats committed 28 turnovers to the Leopards’ 15.

Andrukat finished with 11 points, five assists and three steals for Smithsburg. Owens had 10 points and five rebounds, Lee had eight points, Sam Gladhill had six rebounds and Danielle Harbaugh added five rebounds.

Christy had 13 rebounds, Kastelein had 10 rebounds and Arnone added nine rebounds for Williamsport.

“I hate to lose, but I’m very proud of my kids,” Wildcats coach Chris Malott said. “The other night, it was ugly as heck and we win. Tonight we play hard as heck and we lose. Owens hit some big shots, Andrukat’s rolls around and in, the breaks went their way.”

JV: Smithsburg, 31-21 (S: Sarah Duckworth 9; W: Karli Grimes 6).

Smithsburg 39, Williamsport 38
Christy 4, Palmer 7, Arnone 15, Malott 2, Younker 2, Key 3, Kastelein 5. Totals 13 11-22 38.
SMITHSBURG (3-1, 2-0)
Andrukat 11, Lee 8, Harbaugh 3, Gladhill 3, Owens 10, Holl 4. Totals 15 7-14 39.
Williamsport    9    5    15    9    —    38
Smithsburg    8    8    10    13    —    39
3-point goals — Williamsport 1 (Palmer), Smithsburg 2 (Owens 2). Fouled out — Harbaugh.

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