SMITHSBURG —Fourth-seeded Smithsburg survived a tough battle against fifth-seeded Clear Spring, scratching out a 49-43 win on Saturday in a Maryland Class 1A West region East section quarterfinal girls basketball game.
Smithsburg advances to the East Section semifinal at top-seeded Boonsboro (14-8) on Monday night at 7.
“We didn’t play great, but we survived and advanced,” Smithsburg coach Jimmy Powell said. “It wasn’t our prettiest-played game, but we played hard and got a win. If we would have made our layups in the first quarter, we would have been up by at least 20 points at the half. We missed at least eight good looks in the first quarter.”
Smithsburg (7-14) held a 38-31 advantage over Clear Spring (6-16) after three quarters.
Clear Spring scored six points in the first 1:30 of the final period to narrow the gap to 38-37.
But the Leopards outscored the Blazers 11-6 from there to nail down the win. Sophomore center Beverly Kum scored nine of her game-high 18 points down the stretch, and also finished with eight rebounds and six assists.
“You have to do what you have to do to win,” Kum said. “I took a few risks and it worked out for me. We did way better offensively than what we normally do. I think that is what won the game. We didn’t want this to be our last game. We hustled well out there. Just the fact that we wanted it was our motivation.”
“This was the last time that the four seniors were going to play in their home gym,” Kum added. “We didn’t want this to be a bad memory. We wanted to go out with a win.”
Kinsey Shifflett had 12 points and four assists, Elyse Koterwas tallied 10 points and Sam Gladhill added six rebounds and three blocked shots for the Leopards. Erica Hargreaves, Koterwas and Shifflett made three steals each.
“Kinsey carried us in the first half,” Powell said. “Beverly then carried us in the second half with her hot shooting.”
Isabel Forsman finished with 17 points and three assists for Clear Spring. Samantha Staley had 17 rebounds and three steals, while Kristen Mellott added 10 rebounds.
“Our team is young and we made too many mistakes towards the end of the game,” Blazers coach Bill McIntire said. “Hopefully, this can be a building block for next year. We didn’t do a very good job when we switched to the 2-3 down low on Beverly Kum. We did a good job of rebounding. But the mistakes near the end cost us.”
Smithsburg 49, Clear Spring 43
CLEAR SPRING (6-16)
Lipinski 7, Reynard 2, Staley 8, Forsman 17, Mellott 9. Totals 18 5-11 43.
Koterwas 10, Leydig 2, Gladhill 4, Shifflett 12, Kum 18, Vega 3. Totals 21 7-13 49.
Clear Spring 9 11 11 12 — 43
Smithsburg 9 17 12 11 — 49
3-point goals — Clear Spring 2 (Lipinski, Forsman).