G-A girls stay in thick of playoff chase

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Chloe Hoover goes up to the rim past a Big Spring defender.

When the going gets tough, the Greencastle-Antrim High School girls’ basketball team gets going.

With a berth in the District 3-AAA playoffs at stake, the Blue Devils (11-9, 7-4 MPC-Colonial) handed McConnellsburg a 10-point setback, rallied to knock off Big Spring last week and gave division-leading Gettysburg all it could handle. The effort sets up some pivotal matchups this week for G-A, which travels to Waynesboro Tuesday and hosts Middletown Wednesday in the final games that count toward the district power ratings.

G-A put it all together against Big Spring in a Senior Night performance, gaining ground in each period for a 61-44 win. A solid defensive effort set the offense in motion that led to four players in double figures. A seven point loss to the Bulldogs the first time around turned into a 17-point victory.

Chloe Hoover netted 15 points, while Lauren Grove and Tache Smothers each deposited a dozen. Rachel Kline added 11 points and was again high on the boards with 13 rebounds. Hoover also had 13 rebounds and Smothers led in assists with six.

The Blue Devils had won five of their last six games and took the slate into Gettysburg to take on the Warriors who were unbeaten in the Mid-Penn Colonial Division. Gettysburg knew it was in a game from the start. Despite getting down by nine going into the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils were not finished. G-A shut down the Warriors for the first six minutes of the final stanza, but the home team had a little too much and delivered a 43-37 win.

Grove topped the Devil boxscore with nine points. Hoover and Katie Gelsinger had eight each. Kline pulled 10 rebounds.

Earlier in the week the Devils put eight players in the scorebook en route to a 48-38 win over McConnellsburg, keyed by a 16-9 fourth quarter spread. Grove led with 12 points. Kline had nine points and 14 rebounds.

Going into the Waynesboro game, G-A was 19th in the power ratings with 20 teams qualifying for districts. The 20th rated team is Middletown, the Devils’ opponent on Wednesday at home.

In junior varsity action, Jane Herman hit a shot with eight seconds left to lift G-A to a 36-35 win over Big Spring. Herman had 16 for the game. The Little Devils also defeated Gettysburg, 34-17 and McConnellsburg 33-32.