Smith scored six of his 10 points late in the fourth quarter when Great Valley was trying to rally. His offensive explosion complemented the stifling defense he played all night on the Patriots' point guard Malcolm Weaver.
Weaver, normally the go-to option of offense for Great Valley, was seldom heard from last night. He finished with only one field goal and six points.
The first quarter was a battle of inside vs outside. Kennett came out firing from outside. Chris Black hit his first two shots from beyond the three-point line and Matt White added another.
For Great Valley, forward Dave Bushnell gained good position under the basket and used his height advantage for two easy lay-ups. Ryan Power also scored from inside, but it wasn't enough and Kennett jumped out to a three-point first quarter lead.
In the second quarter, Kennett brought in Doug Larue who quickly made a difference inside. He hit two close-range shots of his own, and added a free throw, a steal and two rebounds.
Four different players scored for the Patriots, but they each only scored two points as Kennett double its lead to six 23-17 by halftime.
Back and forth was the story in the third quarter. Each team looked like they might gain the upper hand, only to lose the momentum.
Bushnell hit two more short-range jumpers and grabbed three rebounds. The Patriots' Dante Woody was a workman on the boards, grabbing eight by the end of the quarter.
But the long range game of the Blue Demons offset their efforts. White hit another long three, and Black and Taylor Fife each hit outside two-pointers. The lead remained six points going into the final quarter 33-27.
Brian Friis tried to bring the Patriots closer, hitting two three-pointers. But Smith took over the game. Besides scoring six points, he also controlled the ball as Kennett worked on the clock. The Patriots tried hitting three pointers, but couldn't. Power ended the game 0-5 from three-point range.
Kennett's White was the game's leading scorer with 13 points. Bushnell and Friis each scored 11 for the Patriots.