BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 1-26-11

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Brennen Bickford works for position against his Shippensburg opponent.

WRESTLING

The G-A wrestling team's (0-5, 0-5 MPC-Colonial) attempt to get into the win column wasn't to be last week as the Shippensburg Greyhounds dominated in a 66-12 divisional final.

The Blue Devils managed just one win on the mat as Rusty Pine gave the home team the only lead they would have on the night in the opening bout. The senior worked well on his feet and on the mat to work a 6-2 advantage before and second period fall.

G-A's only other points came at 103 when Cody Carbaugh accepted a forfeit.

Ship excelled at getting bonus points with six pins and four forfeits. Two Blue Devils staved off the Hounds from the bonus. Bobby McPherson worked from the edge at 140 pounds for six minutes and had control with time expiring. His opponent escaped for the lead and a potential takedown by the Blue Devil wasn't awarded, leaving a 6-5 final. Jake Heuer stayed with it at 125, but got no credit for his efforts in a 7-0 setback.

GIRLS'

BASKETBALL

The Blue Devil girl's hoops team (8-9, 3-3 MPC-Colonial) didn't recover from a pair of non-divisional setbacks and fell short of rival James Buchanan at home Friday.

G-A dropped games to Carlisle (59-33) and Middletown (48-39). Middletown set the tone with a 12-point bulge in the first quarter and stayed at arm's length from the Devils for the duration. Jenna Crunkleton put in 15 points and Tache Smothers delivered 10.

The Devils were outmanned on the boards against Carlisle, leading to a surge by the Thundering Herd in the second half. G-A trailed by just two at the half on the offensive prowess of Lauren Grove (11 points) and Tache Smothers (10 points, four rebounds, four steals), but a plethora of putbacks led to the advantage for Carlisle.

G-A looked to change its fortunes with rival James Buchanan coming into the home gym and early on things looked good as the Devils opened up a 12-3 lead. Unfortunately the Rockets answered soundly with an 11-2 run for a 14-all tie at the end of the opening stanza. JB kept the momentum as G-A saw some foul trouble start to creep in and injuries start to play into the contest that the Rockets led by seven at the half. Efforts to compensate were effective as the Devils evened things out and made it a basket for basket game the rest of the way. Grove bucketed 16 points and Rachel Kline secured a double-double with 12 rebounds and 14 blocked shots.

In junior varsity action, G-A fell 36-17 to Carlisle and dropped a 31-20 verdict to JB with six points from Abbey Pool.

BOYS'

BASKETBALL

A typical Greencastle-Antrim/James Buchanan skirmish played out Friday night in the Rockets gym and the home team collected the spoils in a 57-55 final. Neither team ever got a sustained advantage in this one, playing toe-to-toe to the end. It was the foul line that made the difference as G-A sank just three of 10. JB went more than twice as many times to the line, however they put in 11. Denver Cordell delivered 16 points for the Devils and had seven rebounds. Zach Faulkner added 12 and Seth Sprague 11.

Just a point separated the junior varsity teams as JB won out 29-28. G-A got eight points from A.J. Irias.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

In middle school hoops, the freshman girls' team beat Carlisle 25-21 while the seventh-grade team dropped an 18-14 decision to Faust; and in boys' action the eighth-grade Devil boys fell 46-29 to Faust and the seventh-grade team fell 36-34.

In middle school wrestling, G-A dropped a 74-15 tally to Shippensburg.

Rachel Klines looks to pass into the key.