BOONSBORO —Smithsburg’s boys basketball team avenged an earlier loss to Boonsboro with Friday’s 51-35 MVAL Antietam victory over the Warriors.
The Leopards (6-7, 4-3), who lost to Boonsboro 49-36 on Dec. 11, came into the second half clinging to a 22-19 lead. That lead increased in a hurry in the third quarter.
Led by five points by Cobi King, the Leopards outscored the Warriors (5-9, 3-5) 16-7 in the period. Smithsburg’s defense created its offense, as the Leopards’ man-to-man held Boonsboro to 3-for-15 from the floor and forced five turnovers. The defense continued to hold its ground in the fourth quarter, only allowing nine more points for the Warriors — five of which came from the free-throw line.
“We started out in a 2-3 zone but we were very lackluster, so we switched to man,” said Smithsburg coach Mike Williams. “Not to take anything away from Boonsboro, they did beat us earlier this season, but I think the switch helped us move a lot better on defense.”
Neither team was able to create much offense in the first half — each shot 7-for-20 from the floor — but Smithsburg was able to climb out of its funk.
King led the game with 14 points and Kevin Gibson added nine points and three assists. Josh Miller had eight points for the Leopards off the bench, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The Leopards also took advantage of 19 Boonsboro fouls, shooting 20-for-23 from the line.
“I was happy with the third quarter, but I still wished we made some better decisions. Overall though, I’m very happy with our performance,” said Williams. “I thought Miller and Austin Ryan did very well off of the bench for us.”
Ryan had four points and two steals.
Meanwhile, Boonsboro’s poor shooting, coupled with mental errors, sent the Warriors to their fifth straight loss. The Warriors only managed to hit 26 percent of their shots and racked up 20 turnovers.
“We just couldn’t score. When you have 20 turnovers and a hard time scoring, it’s hard to win,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers. “Give Smithsburg a bunch of credit, they just whupped us. We’re trying, you can’t fault us for trying. We just need to put it all together.”
Scott Bennett led Boonsboro with 10 points. Dylan Coulter had eight points and five rebounds, Casey Strunk had seven points and six rebounds and Alexander Wetzel had seven rebounds for the Warriors.
Smithsburg 51, Boonsboro 35
SMITHSBURG (6-7, 4-3)
Miller 8, King 14, Ryan 4, Sprecher 4, Stevens 3, Gibson 9, Dinterman 2, Tracey 2, Barnes 5. Totals 14 20-23 51.
BOONSBORO (5-9, 3-5)
Walsh 2, Cowden 4, Jardeleza 2, Strunk 7, Wetzel 2, Bennett 10, Coulter 8. Totals 12 9-14 35.
Smithsburg 9 13 16 13 — 51
Boonsboro 8 11 7 9 — 35
3-point goals — Smithsburg 3 (Miller 2, King), Boonsboro 2 (Bennett 2).