BLUE DEVIL DISPATCH 2-1-12

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Senior Cory Meyers covers an Eastern York player as the Devils played stifling defense.

BOYS’

BASKETBALL

The dream season for the Blue Devils hit on a real high to end the week — a 53-point victory — that ran G-A’s record to 17-0 before a packed gymnasium. The prelude to the 82-29 dispatch of non-conference Eastern York included a 66-58 challenge from Southern Fulton and a 75-48 Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division win over Shippensburg.

Battling some early foul trouble the Devils still didn’t flinch against the Greyhounds on the road. Instead G-A put on a 20-5 first quarter to set the pace. While Ship closed the gap a bit in the second, the third was pretty much a repeat of the first with G-A gaining a 25-9 advantage and producing  the 27-point victory. Ironically the Devils had forced 27 turnovers by the Hounds. Zach Faulkner delivered a game-high 22 points. Denton Cordell put in 13 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Joel Zola delivered a dozen points and seven rebounds. Corey Meyers was also in double figures with 11.

Wednesday’s trip to Warfordsburg showed some wear on the Devils, but not for long. Southern Fulton scored the first 12 points of the game, but then G-A clicked in to trail by seven at the half and hitting the locker room at the break with a tie score. The Devils continued the tempo and won out in both second-half quarters for an eight-point spread. Zola paced the Devils with 15 points and three blocks. Faulkner put in 13, while Cordell and Meyers each chalked up 10. Cordell was high in assists with eight and added seven boards. Denver Cordell delivered nine points and nine rebounds.

Twenty-eight Eastern York turnovers told the story Saturday night in the G-A gymnasium. G-A enjoyed defense turned into offense seemingly at will to build an 11-point lead after a quarter and poured in 35 points in the second alone for more in that one stanza than the visitors would muster for the game. Eleven different Blue Devils inked the scoreboard in this one, led by 19 from Denver Cordell, 14 from Faulkner and 10 from Zola. Faulkner was high rebounder with six and Denton Cordell dished out a team-high six assists and had six of the 20 G-A steals. Zola blocked four more shots.

G-A sits in third on the District 3-AAA power ratings. Games through Feb. 8 will count for ranking purposes. District playoffs begin Feb. 17 with the preliminary round.

In junior varsity action, G-A edged Shippensburg 44-42 behind 15 points from Holden Baker and 12 from Josh Young. Against Southern Fulton the Little Devils again prevailed, 41-37. Baker had 18 points in that one. A third win came over Eastern York by a 56-47 score.

GIRLS’

BASKETBALL

The Blue Devils upped their stock for the District 3-AAA playoffs by upsetting Shippensburg 56-53. G-A delivered the win with a toe-to-toe battle in each minute of the contest. While the Hounds got a slight advantage in the second quarter, the Devils got it back in the third to head into the final stanza at 40 a piece. The teams continued to play neck-in-neck. Seniors Lauren Grove (17 points) and Rachel Kline (eight points, 16 rebounds) steadied the ship down the stretch, while key buckets also came from Katie Gelsinger and Tache Smothers (15 points). Grove laced up a pair of free throws to put Shippensburg three away. The visitor’s final shot failed to deliver and produced G-A’s fifth straight win.

G-A struggled on the road against 13-3 Dover for a 56-33 loss. Smothers led the Devils with 11 points. Miranda Sharp had five points and four rebounds.

The Devils (9-8) are 18th in the 3-AAA power ratings with 20 teams qualifying for districts which begin Feb. 17.

In junior varsity action, Lauren Powers deposited a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Devils to a 32-30 win over Shippensburg. Powers and Jane Herman each had nine points. Dover topped G-A 34-26. Herman added nine points.

WRESTLING

G-A (0-11, 0-6 MPC-Colonial) forged some bright spots as the Mid-Penn Colonial Division season came to a close. Unfortunately the result was the same on the scoreboard for the Blue Devils, a 57-19 setback to Northern York.

The Devils did gain some points as Cody Carbaugh (106) and Dwight Henning (195) collected forfeits. Wade Rider provided points on the mat at 113. Rider scored with a takedown and a reversal en route to a 6-2 decision. Ryan Wolf then rose up at 138 for the Devils, demonstrating control throughout for an 11-1 major decision. Aaron Grossman provided the aggressiveness in his bout at 126 only to come up on the short end of a 12-7 final.

G-A traveled to Saturday’s Elizabethtown Tournament where Carbaugh flexed his muscle with a pair of pins while going 3-0 for the title at 106 pounds. Dexter Miller recorded a trio of falls in the 170 pound weight class and went 3-2 on the day. Wolf put two more wins on his season mark at the event. Jake Heuer had a pin and Henning recorded a victory. As a team, the Devils finished eighth.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Boys’ Basketball — Freshmen, 40-32 loss to Shippensburg; Eighth-grade, 38-27 loss to Shippensburg; Seventh-grade, 44-30 loss to Shippensburg.

Girls’ Basketball — Freshmen, 37-22 win over Shippensburg; Eighth-grade, 26-14 loss to Shippensburg; Seventh-grade, 26-20 win over Shippensburg.

Wrestling — 46-40 loss to Northern York.

G-A junior Ryan Wolf secures a hold for nearfall points in his bout against Northern York.