SMITHSBURG — Danielle Harbaugh had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals to lead Smithsburg to a 48-25 win over Manchester Valley on Monday night in a Maryland Class 1A West Region East Section girls basketball semifinal.
“A lot of my work on the inside is working hard,” Harbaugh said. “I have to get open to get the passes that are thrown to me on the inside. You have got to focus on finishing your shots and not worrying about the foul.”
Smithsburg (11-8) plays host to North Carroll in the East Section final Wednesday night. Manchester Valley ended its season with a 12-12 record.
Alexis Andrukat added eight points and eight rebounds, while Elisa Owens had eight points and six rebounds for the Leopards.
“We just have to keep coming out and playing well,” Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart said. “We executed much better in the second half with our offense. The defense was the key to our win tonight. Everybody carried out their defensive assignments well.”
Sarah Bach was the top scorer for Manchester Valley with seven points. Haile Houck added six rebounds and Shelby Newman had three steals for the Mavericks, who were down two starters for the game.
“You are talking about 23 points,” Manchester Valley coach Heather Wable DeWees said. “Kristen Cannon has a torn ACL and she averages 18 points a game. Taylor Gress was at home sick and she averages five points a game and is also our best defensive player. It changed our defensive strategy not having her here tonight. I thought Smithsburg played an outstanding game. They are always well-coached and they are very physical.”
Smithsburg’s defense did not let Manchester Valley score more than eight points in any quarter. The Leopards outscored the Mavericks 13-5 in the first period and never looked back.
“Tonight, we played as a whole,” Harbaugh said. “We came out and wanted it. We came out with some intensity and we played our game. We are doing what we have been trying to do all year. We are playing as one unit.”
Smithsburg 48, Manchester Valley 25
MANCHESTER VALLEY (12-12)
Bach 7, Newman 5, Hochheiser 4, Kipe 5, McDonald 2, Houck 2. Totals 7 9-11 25.
Shives 2, Lee 5, Holl 2, Andrukat 8, Owens 8, Shifflett 2, Koterwas 4, Harbaugh 16, Bachtell 1. Totals 17 12-19 48.
Manchester Valley 5 5 8 7 — 25
Smithsburg 13 6 16 13 — 48
3-point goals — Manchester Valley 2 (Bach, Kipe), Smithsburg 2 (Owens 2).