G-A girls’ hoops team sees season come to a close

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Blue Devil senior Lauren Grove looks for a target.

Despite a solid surge in the second half of the season, extending it wasn’t to be for the Greencastle-Antrim High School girls’ varsity basketball team.

The Blue Devils’ opening shot in the District 3-AAA Tournament saw Berks Catholic get hot at the worst possible time Saturday afternoon. The sudden offensive spurt from the Saints’ offense pulled them into the lead that held for a 46-39 victory and ended the season for the Blue Devils during the playin round of the tournament.

Ironically the Devils had held the advantage for much of the game. After seeing Berks Catholic put in the first seven points of the game, the G-A went on a 12-point roll of its own and maintained the lead until the clock showed 2:05 to play. Down the stretch the Saints went to the foul line often and hit 10 of the last 13 attempts to cushion the lead.

Lauren Grove, who put in some free throws in the third that provided G-A a six-point lead at the time, ended up with 11 points to lead the team. Grove also connected with a three-pointer in the third and added another by making a free throw after being fouled. The Devils carried an 18-14 halftime lead before Berks slowly chipped away.

Chloe Hoover pitched in 10. Tache Smothers put in seven and pulled eight rebounds. Rachel Kline led with nine boards.

The Devils had started the season 4-7 and went on to win eight of their last 10 regular season games to end the season at 13-10.