Blue Devil hoops teams navigate end of regular season
Both the Greencastle-Antrim boys’ and girls’ basketball teams wrapped up the regular season last week.
For the boys’ squad it was time for a little celebration of a 20-win season and some testing before the postseason gets underway. The Blue Devils took their time against rival Waynesboro before dispatching the Mid-Penn Colonial Division foe 64-50. The victory completed an undefeated divisional season for the club. A non-conference date at Northeastern was a much different story, but a good tuneup for the postseason none the less. Northeastern handed G-A a 75-66 setback to complete the Devils season at 20-2.
The 3-18 upstart Indians were out to give the Devils a test of their own, erasing an early deficit and then staying with the home team until midway through the third quarter. From there G-A flex its muscle for the 14-point victory. Denton Cordell led all scorers with 17 points and had seven rebounds. Corey Meyers added 11 points and Denver Cordell put in 10.
In a quick-paced game played on the Bobcats home court in Manchester, Northeastern got out to a fast start. After the Devils closed the gap going into the second stanza, Northeastern caught fire again and took a 40-27 lead into the half. G-A still trailed by 10 going into the fourth quarter and got within six, however the Bobcats held on. Denver Cordell led the Devils with 18 points. Zach Faulkner added 15, while Corey Meyers had 14 and Joel Zola 12.
In junior varsity action last week, G-A fell 41-34 to Northeastern.
With a matchup at Mechanicsburg that was hoped to help the G-A girls’ team prospects for a district playoff berth postponed by the weather last week, the Blue Devils used a trip to rival Waynesboro to strengthen its power rating. And G-A did just that with a 58-35 win that made it 12-9 overall and a solid third in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division at 8-4.
The Devils used a couple of spurts to stay ahead of the Maidens for much of the first half before the teams went into the locker room tied at 20. Senior Tache Smothers spearheaded a dominant run by the Devils in the second half. G-A won the third quarter 17-8 and the fourth 20-6 to pull away. Smothers ended with 15 points, while Chloe Hoover and Lauren Grove each put in 13. Jenna Crunkleton added nine.
G-A dominated the junior varsity game, winning 48-11 behind 17 points form Jane Herman.
The Blue Devils got their chance at Middletown Monday evening and dominated in the second half to pull to a 38-35 victory. Despite the game being simply a way for both squads to warm up for district play, the Devils recovered from a 22-12 halftime deficit to protect the home court just the same and the four-point victory. G-A can now take a 13-9 record into Saturday’s playin game at Berks Catholic, which is also 13-9.
A 12-2 run to start the second half was the turning point for the Devils who got a double-double from senior Rachel Kline with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Tache Smothers bagged a dozen for the Devils.