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Girls Basketball: Leopards scratch out upset win

January 18, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — The Smithsburg Leopards survived a hard-fought battle with the Boonsboro Warriors on Friday, pulling off a big 44-39 upset win in an MVAL Antietam girls basketball game.

“The beginning of the second half was the difference in the game,” Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. “We came out and pressed them to create some turnovers. We got the easy buckets off of the turnovers. I am proud of the team. That was a big win for us. Boonsboro is a good team and they are very well-coached.”

Senior forward Elyse Koterwas scored nine of her team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter for Smithsburg (4-5, 3-3), which included a sparkling 6-for-6 shooting performance from the foul line. Sarah Duckworth had 10 points, while Beverly Kum added nine rebounds and nine points for the Leopards. Kinsey Shifflett, Duckworth and Kum had three steals apiece for the Leopards.

“When we were down, we definitely did not give up,” Koterwas said. “All of us pushed for this win, and I am proud of my team for that. We fought to the very end and we pulled out the win.”

Smithsburg carried a slim 27-26 lead into the fourth quarter.

Kaylah Green opened up the fourth quarter with a basket to give Boonsboro its last lead at 28-27.

Duckworth tied the score for the Leopards by sinking one of her two foul shots.

Koterwas then gave Smithsburg the lead for good at 31-28 by banging home a 3-pointer with 7:06 remaining in the game.

With only a minute to go, Smithsburg only led 37-35. The Leopards then outscored the Warriors 7-4 to scratch out the five-point win. Koterwas made all six of her free throws in that final minute.

“I knew what the game was going to come down to and I needed to make my foul shots to help my team win,” Koterwas said. “I needed to calm down and be confident with my foul shots. It was going to help determine on whether my team would win the game.”

Senior center Tiffanie Bowman had team-high totals of 15 points and seven rebounds for Boonsboro (8-5, 6-2). Kristyn Davis made a trio of 3-pointers for nine points and had three assists for the Warriors, while Claudia Jenkins had seven steals, Shannon O’Brien added five rebounds and four assists and Katie Sheridan added three steals for Boonsboro.

“Smithsburg played hard in the second half,” Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. “They came out of the locker room and beat us to the loose balls. They attacked the basket. We struggled in the third quarter with our shot selection. Smithsburg capitalized on our mistakes.”

Smithsburg 44, Boonsboro 39
BOONSBORO (8-5, 6-2)
Davis 9, Green 3, Jenkins 4, Bowman 15, Sheridan 2, O’Brien 6. Totals 15 6-11 39.
SMITHSBURG (4-5, 3-3)
Koterwas 13, Duckworth 10, Shifflett 6, Kum 9, Vega 6. Totals 13 17-29 44.
Boonsboro    9    13    4    13    —    39
Smithsburg    6    8    13    17    —    44
3-point goals—Boonsboro 3 (Davis 3), Smithsburg 1 (Koterwas).

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