BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 1-18-12

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Blue Devil senior Lauren Grove works under the basket against Waynesboro defenders. Greencastle-Antrim won the battle.

BOYS’

BASKETBALL

Greencastle-Antrim continues to pass the tests during a record-setting season. Notable last week was a three-point win over Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division foe Gettysburg. The finishing touches toward an 12-0 record was a win on the road over rival Waynesboro 71-44.

In a game that had both the Blue Devils and Gettysburg making plenty of hay from the three-point shot to keep it a game early, G-A stated its case with an 18-0 run in the second quarter to take an 11-point lead into the half. The offense left both teams in the third. Gettysburg put on a solid push in the fourth, but the Devils rebuffed at each turn to maintain the advantage. Denver Cordell led the Devils with 17 points and Zach Faulkner delivered 15. Joel Zola put in 10.

While a game between rivals normally promises some extra fireworks, the Devils never let Waynesboro into the fray. Instead G-A dominated for the 27-point win. The Blue Devils put on exhibitions that included runs of 19-2 and 14-0. The Devils put 11 players into the scorebook, led by 16 from Denver Cordell. Corey Meyers (12) and Faulkner (10) were also in double figures, followed by nine from Cody Young and eight from Gabe Fridgen.

No junior varsity results have been made available.

GIRLS’

BASKETBALL

Being on the home court finally paid off for the Greencastle-Antrim girls’ basketball team last week. After a narrow three-point non-league loss to Mechanicsburg Monday and a tough 10-point setback to Gettysburg Tuesday, the Blue Devils held off an upstart Waynesboro squad by a 52-47 margin. That broke a five-game skid for the Devils, who evened their Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division mark to 3-3 and moved to 5-7 overall.

G-A fell behind Class AAAA Mechanicsburg 23-14 at the half, but rallied for a 14-6 advantage in the third that produced a brief lead for the home team. The teams fought toe-to-toe in the fourth with opportunities on both sides. The Wildcats managed to maintain the advantage at the buzzer for the 42-39 edge. Tache Smothers was a driving force in the Devil effort and collected 15 points and three assists to lead the way. Lauren Grove added 10 points, while Rachel Kline pulled 10 rebounds.

Gettysburg came into Blue Devil territory unbeaten in the division. Still, G-A gave the Warriors all they could handle for three quarters. The Devils trailed by just two going into the final quarter. Gettysburg put it into a higher gear and outdid the Devils 17-9 in the fourth quarter to turn the 44-34 victory. Smothers was the leading scorer for the home team with nine points and she added four assists.

The Blue Devils exhibited talent and composure to hold off a challenge by Waynesboro Friday for the 52-47 decision. The Maidens (3-7, 2-4 MPC-Colonial) showed no signs of relenting in the Route 16 neighbor contest that stayed close for its entirety. A make-things-happen tenacious defense and a composed and controlling offense put the Devils in the driver’s seat en route to the five-point victory. Grove netted 15 points and Kline added a dozen.

In junior varsity action, G-A dropped a 32-24 decision to Mechanicsburg before soundly defeating both Gettysburg (49-19) and Waynesboro (51-17). The win over Waynesboro came behind 11 points from Jane Herman and eight each from Moriah Woods and Hannah Zimmerman.

WRESTLING

It was a tough night for the Greencastle-Antrim wrestling team (0-4, 0-4 MPC-Colonial) to host division-leading Big Spring. The Bulldogs brought their plentiful squad to the Blue Devil gymnasium and left with a 72-12 landslide.

Only a win by Wade Rider at 113 and a forfeit collected by undefeated Cody Carbaugh stopped the Bulldogs from running the table. Big Spring padded the score with lots of forfeit points from the short G-A squad and improved to 5-0 in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division.

Rider took the lead in the opening period and escaped from the bottom position to start the second. From there he worked for and delivered a pin with 12 seconds left in the stanza. Carbaugh picked up the other six Devil team points at 106 pounds. G-A suited up just four other wrestlers and each was defeated by a fall.

The Devils are on the road this week, at Shippensburg Thursday.

The middle school Blue Devil wrestlers dropped a 59-32 decision to Big Spring. No other information was made available.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL

The freshmen boys’ hoops team battled past Gettysburg 37-34. The eighth-grade Devils knocked off Gettysburg (48-41) and Waynesboro (53-24) and G-A’s seventh-grade team split with a 29-25 win over Gettysburg and a 49-27 loss to Waynesboro. Against Waynesboro, seventh-grader Casey Hoover scored 14 points.

Both the eighth-grade and seventh-grade girls’ teams split results last week. The eighth-graders dropped a 28-25 game to Gettysburg and defeated Waynesboro 16-9. The seventh-grade team also fell to Gettysburg (32-21) and edged Waynesboro 24-21.

No other middle school information has been made available.

Greencastle-Antrim’s Wade Rider leverages his Big Spring opponent for nearfall points last week during the home match. Rider’s bout at 113 pounds for the lone win on the mat for the Blue Devils.