Denied: Chambersburg s Marshay Ryan, right, goes to block a shot by Shippensburg s Sarah Lyman on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans won, 44-41.
Denied: Chambersburg s Marshay Ryan, right, goes to block a shot by Shippensburg s Sarah Lyman on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans won, 44-41. (Adam Wilson/For Public Opinion)
Chambersburg senior Marshay Ryan knew it was going to be her last time stepping on the floor of CASHS Field House's basketball court on Saturday afternoon.

After a less-than-impressive season for the Trojans (5-15), Ryan wanted to end her basketball career on a high note.

"It was my last game of the season, so I just wanted to put it all out there on the floor," Ryan said. "I wanted to make sure that I used the gifts that God gave me and put forth every effort."

That effort paid off, as Ryan scored 20 points and took 17 off the glass to lead Chambersburg to a 44-41 victory over Shippensburg at the annual Dunks for Drew showcase.

With the win, the Trojans broke a six-game losing streak and ended the season on top.

"It feels awesome," Chambersburg coach Jenny Schmutzler said. "The girls worked hard all season, and I'm so glad that we came together and played as a team, and we finished this out on a high note."

Heading into the final quarter, the Lady Hounds (9-12) were leading 29-26, but the Trojans came out with a will to win that couldn't be matched.

Darra Walker, who spent most of the third quarter on the bench, re-entered the game and helped feed Ryan's hot hands.

"Tonight the strategy was to get the ball to Marshay because she was pretty much unstoppable," Schmutzler said. "When we had Darra on the floor and those two were working together in a two-man game, it was one or the other that could get the shot off. I don't think Ship had an answer for either of them.


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Ryan started the quarter on a four-point scoring run. Beginning with a forced turnover, Ryan rocketed down the court for an easy layup. Almost immediately, Ryan got another steal and although she missed her layup, she scooped up her own rebound for a putback.

Shippensburg then went on a five-point run to regain the lead, but this time Walker was the one to counter. She took a layup through traffic to cut the deficit to two. When she missed her next layup, Elaine Etter scored a huge putback to tie it at 34 with 3:07 remaining.

Ship regained the lead once more before Chambersburg went on another four-point run to lead by three. With 1:14 remaining, Ship's Shayla Keller hit a huge 3-pointer to tie it up, but Chambersburg's Mandy Bell answered with a three of her own.

On the ensuing Lady Hound possession, Tayana Harrison earned her third steal of the night and quickly fed it to Ryan, who scored a layup for the Trojans' largest lead of the night with less than 30 seconds left.

Although Ship earned two more charity points, it was too little, too late.

"We just had a lack of spark and intensity," Ship coach Amy Lyman said. "We let our defense down, and they increased theirs. We weren't creating offense. We just weren't able to get the ball inside to our big girls like we wanted to."

Ship also struggled with turnovers. Although the Lady Hounds ended with 17, they had 12 in the final half alone.

Lyman said, "All year long, everybody in the gym knew where we were going to throw the ball, so teams like this that are quick just jump in front of those passes and can steal them. I think that made a difference as well."

Ship did have a decent scoring spread. Keller led with 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Brooke Porter followed with 10, but the Lady Hounds once again struggled with a low shooting percentage. They were just 16-of-55 (29.1%) from the field.

Walker also finished in double figures for the Trojans with 11 points.

Although the Trojans' season is over and it may not have been as successful as Schmutlzer had hoped, she does remain optimistic about the future.

"It wasn't the record that I wanted, but I've seen so many girls on the team grow," Schmutzler said. "Just looking at the stat sheet, how different it is from the beginning of the season, all of these girls are gaining confidence, which makes us a better team."

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Lizi Arbogast can be reached at 717-262-4788 or larbogast@publicopinionnews.com.

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Chambersburg 44

Shippensburg 41

SHIPPENSBURG

Alysia Clawson 2 1-2 6, Shayla Keller 3 2-2 11, Sarah Lyman 1 0-1 2, Brooke Porter 5 0-0 10, Alicia Johnson 2 2-4 6, Drew Lovett 2 0-0 4, Denice Lovett 1 0-1 2, Kylee Miller 0 0-0 0, Nicole Baker 0 0-0 0, Jasmine Chambers 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 5-10 41.

CHAMBERSBURG

Crystal Thomas 0 0-2 0, Kaitlyn Rush 0 0-0 0, Shannon Edwards 0 0-0 0, Tayanna Harrison 1 0-0 2, Marshay Ryan 8 5-7 20, Elaine Etter 1 0-0 2, Darra Walker 5 1-2 11, Mandy Bell 2 0-0 6, Claire Jacobs 1 0-0 3, Angeline Hang 0 0-0 0, Lindsy Embly 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 5-11 44.

Shippensburg 10 6 13 12 - 41

Chambersburg 6 7 13 18 - 44

3-point shots - Ship 4 (Keller 3, Clawson 1); Chbg 3 (Bell 2, Jacobs 1). Shooting - Ship 16-55 (29.1%); Chbg - 18-54 (33.3%). Rebounds - Ship 29 (Johnson 9); Chbg 32 (Ryan 17). Assists - Ship 6 (Clawson 4). Steals - Ship 2 (Keller, Dr.Lovett); Chbg 6 (Harrison 3). Turnovers - Ship 17, Chbg 14. Blocked shots - Ship 1 (Johnson); Chbg 1 (Ryan).