Boys Basketball: Leopards pick Warriors' pockets for victory

January 20, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — Friday’s game was a steal for Smithsburg’s boys basketball team.

In fact, it was 33 of them for the Leopards, who set a school record, eclipsing the one of 28 thefts in 2002.

Those steals fueled Smithsburg’s offense in an 85-45 win over Boonsboro in an MVAL Antietam game.

“We were swarming and were aggressive defensively,” Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. “We were rotating well out of our traps.”

Jordan Fortson had 21 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and three assists for Smithsburg (11-3, 7-1). Fortson got help as Trent Springs had seven steals, while Brad Spickler added five steals and Kevin Gibson had four to lead the defensive effort.

“We like to key on defense when we first come out,” Fortson said. “We like to jump on teams and press. That can cause some turnovers and lead to a lot of points. Most of my points came from steals from my teammates.

“We come out on our home floor and we were excited. We are undefeated at home (6-0) and we don’t want that to change. It’s Boonsboro and Smithsburg. There is a little bit of a rivalry there. You always want to come out on top of these.”

Springs added 13 points and four assists, while Pierre had 12 points and three assists for the Leopards. Hardy pulled down seven rebounds.

Fortson scored 11 points, including a pair of 3s, in the first quarter as Smithsburg built a 23-9 lead.

The Leopards’ needed extra time to put the game away, outscoring the Warriors 18-15 in the second quarter for a 41-24 halftime lead.

A 25-11 third quarter gave the Leopards a 66-35 advantage.

“I was pleased with the way that we came out in the first quarter and also with the way that we came out in the third quarter,” Gerber said. “At halftime, we talked about coming out and establishing the tone for the first four minutes of the second half. I think that we did a really good job of that. ”

Riley Stephenson scored 14 points and Caleb Jardeleza dished off four assists for Boonsboro (3-11, 0-8).

“We got our butts stomped in every phase of the game,” Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers said. “We have got to learn how to play. You have got to give Smithsburg credit.”

JV: Smithsburg 50-39 (S: James Shifler — 14 points. B: Trevor Walsh — 13 points.)

Smithsburg 85, Boonsboro 45
BOONSBORO (3-11, 0-8)
Seabright 5, Jardeleza 2, Lewis 3, Stephenson 14, Strunk 2, Bitner 4, Bennett 4, Miranda 9, Hardy 2. Totals 15 13-19 45.
SMITHSBURG (11-3, 7-1)
Spickler 7, Springs 13, Hardy 5, King 2, Ryan 2, Pierre 12, Fortson 21, Wynne 5, Stevens 3, Bolton 9, Gibson 3, Tracey 3. Totals 30 19-28 85.
Boonsboro    9    15    11    10    —    45
Smithsburg    23    18    25    19    —    85
3-point goals—Boonsboro 2 (Seabright, Stephenson). Smithsburg 6 (Pierre, Fortson 3, Wynne, Bolton).

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