SPORTS

BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 12-30-09

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Christian Hoover dribbles his way into the Waynesboro defense for the Devils. (Bob Stoler Photos)

BOYS’

BASKETBALL

With the Waynesboro Indians coming to town the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils (2-1, 1-0 MPC-Capital) had no time to think about the 10-day layoff they just had. Any rust was never evident as the Devils ran out to a 19-2 start and finished off the Tribe 59-46 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division matchup.

Defense was the key as a Blue Devil full-court press forced nine Waynesboro turnovers and created a gap in the score that the Indians could never cover. The second quarter began with a 13-3 run from the Devils and a 24-point spread — the widest of the night. Waynesboro whittled it down to single digits in the second half with a good tally of points at the foul line, but G-A emerged with the 13-point victory.

Nathan Pool led all scorers with 18 points. Christian Hoover, Jared Grove and Eric Baymon put in nine points each. Baymon dished out seven assists.

The junior varsity Devils doubled up on the Indians, 60-30. G-A was led by Denver Cordell with 12 points. With nine each were Trenton Springs and Tyler Szaflarski.

 GIRLS’

 BASKETBALL

Defense also set the tone for the Blue Devils girls’ varsity hoops team to dispatch Waynesboro 55-40. G-A converted more than half of the 36 turnovers it caused with its defense en route to the win. A dozen of the miscues came in the first quarter where G-A opened 7-0. An 11-2 run in the second and a 12-5 one to start the second half courtesy of a press sealed it. The Devils led by as much as 20 points in the second half.

With 10 points and five assists Tache Smothers led the offense. Katrina Wright delivered nine points and eight boards. Caitlyn Hoover was in for six points and five steals. Alexandra Nicastro pulled five rebounds.

In the junior varsity contest, Waynesboro took a 32-22 verdict. Miranda Sharp, Brooke Strait and Malaya Maloy put in five each for the Devils.

WRESTLING

The Blue Devil wrestlers didn’t have quite as good of a time with a neighboring rival during a trip to Chambersburg. G-A managed three wins on the mat, but four forfeits hurt in a 59-14 loss to the Trojans.

Tyler Ezolt (152), Dylan Schaeffer (160) and Todd DeWalt (189) helped to keep the Devils in the hunt midway through the match. Ezolt produced a 5-0 decision. Schaeffer worked a 17-1 technical fall and DeWalt pinned his opponent. However, Chambersburg won the rest for the team victory.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

G-A’s eighth-grade hoops team fell to Faust 46-22 last week. Topping the scoreboard for the Devils was Abbey Pool with six points and Michaela Ensminger with five.

The seventh-grade game was a close 24-23 loss by G-A which rallied late to nearly cover a seven-point gap going into the fourth quarter. Jane Herman put in 12 points. Shelby Stouffer had seven.

Blue Devil Eric Baymon slices through two Indians for a steal Friday night. (Bob Stoler Photos)