Smith’s averages of 19.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and 4.8 blocks a game led Prep to success, but when the team’s dominant force in the middle was contained in the first half of the Division V-AA championship by Muir the rest of the squad helped pick up the slack.
All the Rebels had a hand in the 47-44 victory over Muir — from Smith’s 15 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks to Jared Norsworthy’s 14 points and nine rebounds to Robert Cartwright scoring the final bucket of the game for a big three-point lead. Prep’s 2011 boys’ basketball squad goes down as the best in program history, since they’re the group that’s delivered the program’s first CIF championship.
“We just made history,” said Smith after the win over Muir. “I’m so happy right now, I’m so proud of every one of those guys. We worked so hard to be here and we finally made it. This is it.”