SMITHSBURG—Smithsburg senior Alexis Andrukat may be small in stature, but the point guard has a big game — as Boonsboro found out Tuesday night.
Andrukat regularly shredded the Warriors’ defense — finishing with 13 points and 12 assists — and four Leopards finished in double figures thanks in part to Andrukat’s playmaking. It helped Smithsburg beat Boonsboro 66-54 in the MVAL Antietam opener for both teams, as the Leopards put an ugly loss to North Carroll in the rear-view mirror.
“We came out with a lot of intensity, and that helped us,” said Andrukat. “We played our game and hit all our layups. Our post players did a great job, and we were on our game.”
Andrukat spent much of the evening beating her defender off the dribble, forcing Boonsboro (2-1, 0-1) to rotate another player to her, then feeding the open Leopard for easy baskets. Smithsburg (2-1, 1-0) took a 38-25 halftime lead on the strength of 16-for-25 shooting — a remarkable turnaround from four days before, when the Leopards fell 45-22 at North Carroll.
“She definitely did a nice job finding the open man tonight,” said Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart. “She does a great job penetrating, staying under control and making the open pass — sometimes a difficult pass, which I think sets her apart. ... I think we were expecting the (pass from Andrukat) a little more tonight, and we were ready to finish. We put a lot of emphasis on it in practice, and the credit belongs to them.”
“She beat us off the bounce and found the open man every single time, it seemed like,” Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. “We didn’t rotate well on defense and didn’t adjust well to keep her out of the paint. ... I think we’re a better team than we showed, especially defensively.”
Elisa Owens led the Leopards with 17 points — 13 in the second quarter — while Danielle Harbaugh had 14 points and Krystal Holl added 12 points. Harbaugh added seven rebounds and five steals, while Apryl Lee had six rebounds and Holl made three steals.
“That’s what’s great about this team, we have balance,” Barnhart said. “Teams won’t be able to key on one player.”
Smithsburg started breaking the game open in the second quarter. An 8-0 run that included 3-pointers by Owens and Andrukat gave the Leopards a 23-12 lead, and a 7-0 run to close the quarter — Owens scored six of the seven — gave Smithsburg a 13-point halftime advantage.
The Leopards started the third quarter with a 9-2 run for a 47-27 lead, and the Warriors never got back within single digits.
Claudia Jenkins led Boonsboro with 13 points — all in the second half — and Kristyn Davis added 10 points, making three 3-pointers in the second quarter.
JV: Boonsboro, 37-32 (B: Olivia Lohman 11; S: Beverly Kum 17).
Smithsburg 66, Boonsboro 54
BOONSBORO (2-1, 0-1)
Poffenberger 9, O’Brien 7, Payne 4, Hawbaker 4, Davis 10, Sheridan 4, Jenkins 13, Tucker 1, Pantos 2. Totals 19 13-23 54.
SMITHSBURG (2-1, 1-0)
Andrukat 13, Holl 12, Harbaugh 14, Owens 17, Lee 9, Gladhill 1. Totals 24 15-28 66.
Boonsboro 10 15 11 18 — 54
Smithsburg 15 23 12 16 — 66
3-point goals — Boonsboro 3 (Davis 3), Smithsburg 3 (Andrukat, Owens 2). Fouled out — Holl.