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Girls basketball: 'Roaders derail Leopards

December 18, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — Brunswick’s girls basketball team had to deal with a Smithsburg fourth-quarter rally on Tuesday, but clutch play allowed the Railroaders to secure a 50-46 MVAL Antietam victory over the Leopards.

Brunswick (2-3, 1-1) led 36-26 after three quarters, but Smithsburg started the period on a five-point rally to halve the deficit. Brunswick answered with field goals by Melanie Yeumans and Alyssa Smith-Henry to boost the lead back to nine, but the Leopards kept the pressure on.

Elyse Koterwas, who scored 12 of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter, hit three baskets and Sam Gladhill hit one of two free throws to cut the ’Roaders lead to 48-46 with seven seconds remaining.

Brunswick’s Katelyn Allen drew a foul and drained both of her free throws — her only points of the game — to seal the win.

“Game by game, we’re trying to learn what it means to be the ‘New Brunswick,’” said Brunswick coach Kevin Meredith. “This game wasn’t about beating Smithsburg. It was about proving to ourselves we can win.”

Smithsburg outscored Brunswick 20-14 in the final period but missed many free-throw opportunities, going 5-for-12 from the line in the quarter. The Leopards (1-4, 0-3) went 7-for-20 from the charity stripe in the game.

“When you’re at your home gym, you’ve got to hit at least 14-for-20. You’ve got to shoot better than we did tonight,” said Smithsburg coach Jim Powell. “We did a great job in the fourth quarter, but it just seemed like we couldn’t close the deal.”

The ’Roaders came out firing in the first half, earning a 25-16 halftime lead, thanks in large part to Smith-Henry, who scored 12 of her game-high 21 points.

“We all put in what we had to be different and beat this team today,” said Smith-Henry, who also pulled down seven rebounds. “We’re putting in more effort to be the ‘New Brunswick’ and shed our previous image.”

The Leopards, meanwhile, were beasts on the boards in the first half — outrebounding the ’Roaders 21-11 — but couldn’t convert second and third chances, going 7-for-26 from the floor. 

“When you start slow, it’s tough to win. We play hard but we need to play hard early,” said Powell. “We’re 1-4 right now and that’s tough, but we’ll keep practicing our shooting and our free throws and we’ll come back strong. This is a strong group of girls.”

Koterwas and Gladhill both finished with double-doubles, Koterwas pulling down 12 rebounds and Gladhill scoring 13 and also nabbing 12.

Yeumans had 12 points and five rebounds and Katy Miller had five points for Brunswick. All eight ’Roaders players scored at least one point.

“Each young lady did something in critical moments today,” said Meredith. “We displayed a fighting spirit, which hadn’t happened in a few games. If we keep fighting to be who we can be, I feel this team will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Brunswick 50, Smithsburg 46
BRUNSWICK (2-3, 1-1)
Allison 3, Reynolds 1, Miller 5, Yeumans 12, Allen 2, Smith-Henry 21, Laing 4, Fisher 2. Totals 18 11-21 50.
SMITHSBURG (1-4, 0-3)
Koterwas 16, Gladhill 13, Duckworth 7, Shifflett 6, Vega 4. Totals 19 7-20 46.
Brunswick    15    10    11    14    —    50
Smithsburg    6    10    10    20    —    46

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