MERCERSBURG - The James Buchanan Rockets suffered another tough loss in what has been a season of many tough defeats.

On Tuesday night, the Rockets added another chapter to the list - falling in the fourth quarter to Shippensburg 44-37 in a Mid Penn Colonial Division girls basketball game.

JB's Achilles' heel had been starting off slowly, but that wasn't the case on Tuesday - it jumped out to a 27-21 halftime lead.

Heading to the fourth quarter knotted at 35-35, the Rockets' offense managed just two points in the final eight minutes.

"We couldn't buy a basket in the fourth quarter," James Buchanan coach Rick Cristofano said. "We missed a ton of shots - it just continues - three games in a row that we've had every opportunity to win the game, and there's been a lid on the basket for us when it counts."

JB (2-12, 1-7 MPC) put up 68 shot attempts and made just 11 (16 percent).

The Rockets' previous two defeats also came also by 10 or fewer points.

Cheyenne Carbaugh extended her double-double streak to six games for James Buchanan, ending with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

"I think she's one of the best players in Franklin County right now," Cristofano said.

Alysia Clawson led the Lady Hounds (6-9, 4-6 MPC) with 21 points on eight field goals. Drew Lovett had the best scoring game of career (13 points), and added 14 rebounds.

"A double-double for Drew tonight, that's exciting for her," Shippensburg coach Amy Lyman said.

The Lady Hounds got the win despite missing their top scorer, Alicia Johnson, who tried to play but was forced to retire during warmups with a bad cold.


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Shayla Keller was also missing from the starting lineup for Ship.

Shippensburg 44

James Buchanan 37

SHIPPENSBURG

Jazzy Chambers 0 0-0 0, Drew Lovett 4 1 2-3 13, Alysia Clawson 8 5-8 21, Baker 0 0-0 0, Sarah Lyman 1 0-1 2, Brooke Porter 1 4-4 6, Denice Lovett 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 11-17 44.

JAMES BUCHANAN

Jenna Carbaugh 3 2-2 8, Bailey Wagner 0 1-4 1, Taylor Gorman 0 0-0 0, Charity Miller 1 0-0 3, Jennae Piper 2 0-0 6, Rochelle Timmons 1 2-6 4, Cheyenne Carbaugh 3 6-6 12, Tristan Amsley 1 1-4 3. Totals 11 12-22 37.

Shippensburg 8 13 14 9 - 44

James Buchanan 13 14 8 2 - 37

3-point shots - Ship (Dr. Lovett 1); JB (Piper 2, C.Miller 1). Shooting - JB 11-68 (16.1%). Rebounds - JB 37 (C.Carbaugh 10). Assists - JB 6. Steals - JB 7 (Wagner 3). Turnovers - JB 15. Blocked shots - JB 1 (C.Carbaugh).

JV: Shipensburg 39, James Buchanan 43. Charity Miller led the Rockets with 14 points; Becca Davis led Ship with 7.

Next game: Ship: Saturday, at home vs. Northeastern, 7:30 ... JB: Saturday, at Littlestown, 7:30.

MPC COLONIAL

Big Spring 53

Waynesboro 34

Friday, at Newville

Mid Penn Colonial Div. game

Waynesboro continued its struggles at the hands of Big Spring ... The Maidens (0-14, 0-9 MPC) were doubled up in the first quarter, 14-7 ... They never made up the difference and couldn't manage more than 8 points in a single quarter ... Waynesboro was led by Dori Kozain, who had 11 points ... For the Bulldogs (12-5, 8-1 MPC), Danielle Kepner poured on the points - she finished with 23, including seven 3-pointers.

Big Spring 53, Waynesboro 34

WAYNESBORO

Mallory Patterson 1 0-0 2, Sam Nichols 1 2-2 4, Kennedy Chandler 0 0-0 0, Dori Kozain 4 3-4 11, Hunter Mowen 1 0-0 2, Lily Harnish 0 0-0 0, Abby Roxby 0 0-0 0, Lauren Wagaman 1 0-0 3, Katie Clawson 0 0-0 0, Kristy McFerren 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 5-6 24.

BIG SPRING

Nicole Thuemmel 1 0-1 2, Danielle Kepner 7 2-2 23, Lindsay Bower 2 0-0 5, Caity Stevens 2 3-4 7, Allison Wilson 0 0-0 0, Dalida Camdzic 1 2-6 4, Blair Bitner 0 2-4 2, Kayla Dupert 0 2-3 2, Jordyn Donnelly 0 0-1 0, Nickole Burkett 3 2-3 8. Totals 16 13-24 53.

Waynesboro 7 5 8 4 - 24

Big Spring 14 13 17 9 - 53

3-point shots - Way 1 (Wagaman); BS 8 (Kepner 7, Bower 1).

Next game: Saturday, at Northern, 2:30.

MASON-DIXON

Shalom Christian 47

Calvary Christian 38

Friday, at Cresaptown, Md.

Mason-Dixon Christian Conf. game

Shalom Christian won its fifth game in a row with a quality road victory over Calvary The Flames (9-4, 6-1 MDCC) got 12 points and 7 steals from Tori Yoder Brooke Kuhns added 9 points and 13 rebounds and Lydia Tissue had 8 points Shalom coach Brad Eby said, "It was another good win for our team. They're one of the tougher teams we play. I'm proud of how we kept fighting. We got some good play from our freshmen off the bench and it gave our starters a break." Calvary was led by Savannah Reed's 17 points.

Shalom 47, Calvary 38

SHALOM

Kamry Baum 1 2-4 4, Lydia Tissue 3 2-2 8, Jessica Grove 1 0-0 2, Kara Lehman 1 0-0 2, Brooke Kuhns 3 3-5 9, Lydia Harris 5 0-0 10, Tori Yoder 3 6-12 12, Lexy Poe 0 0-0 0, Rachel Holderman 0 0-0 0. Total 17 13-23 47.

CALVARY

Payton Emerick 1 1-2 3, Chesni Ultis 1 0-0 2, Savannah Reed 6 5-8 17, Karly Hipsley 2 9-13 13, Kerenne Shaffer 1 1-2 3. Totals 11 16-25 38.

Shalom Christian 8 15 9 15 - 47

Calvary Christian 11 9 12 4 - 36

Shooting - SC 17-50 (34%). Rebounds - SC 32 (Kuhns 13). Assists - SC 6 (Tissue 2, Yoder 2). Steals - SC 15 (Yoder 7). Turnovers - SC 21. Blocked shots - SC 4. Fouled out - Tissue.

Next game: Tuesday, at New Life, 5.