The Gettysburg Warrior girls' basketball team was trying to win back-to back Mid-Penn Tournament titles for the first time in school history.
Cumberland Valley had other ideas. In the semifinal round on Tuesday at East Pennsboro High School in Enola, the Eagles dismantled Gettysburg, 52-40.
Despite jumping out to an early 3-0 lead, Gettysburg was unable to match Cumberland Valley's size.
"We were completely physically outmanned, and we knew that coming in," Gettysburg head coach Casey Thurston said. "We knew we couldn't match up on them even in our wing spots, so we tried to go zone and had to make sure we boxed out."
Gettysburg's zone was stretched out several times early, and the Eagles capitalized by nailing 3s, including four in the first quarter.
Cumberland Valley senior and University of Pennsylvania recruit Jackie Falconer scored eight of the Eagles' first 11 points, including a couple of 3s.
The Eagles took a 20-10 lead into the second quarter.
The Warrior defense became more stout as the game went on. The zone limited CV to only two more 3s the rest of the game.
"I think they really only hurt us with the 3 in the first quarter," Thurston said. "I think it was more so us not putting a hand up in their face. We were staying at home too much and they were out there having five to six seconds to shoot. We needed to get a hand in their face. They didn't shoot like that the rest of the game. I thought after we got hands in their faces, it was a little more evened out."
Despite making changes in the zone and limiting the Eagles' 3-point shots, Gettysburg could not keep up with CV on the boards despite a hard-fought effort. The Eagles outrebounded Gettysburg 37-23, including 16-2 on the offensive end.
"I thought we did a good job trying to box them out," Thurston said. "People were looking for players to box. They are big. They are huge. We needed to box them out the entire time.
"Sometimes I think we would box out and assume one of our teammates would get the ball and then we'd give up and CV would end up getting the ball.
"I thought we did a nice job on the boards. We were giving up 2 to 3 inches in every position."
Cumberland Valley held a one-point lead with just less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter when they went on a 16-3 run that extended midway through the second quarter, a run that would put the Eagles up for good.
Gettysburg struggled to get anything going offensively in the first half except through Cami Boehner and Ellen Bair. Bair finished the first half with 11 points, and Boehner finished with eight of her game-high 23.
At the half, Boehner and Bair were the only Warriors who had scored, and they trailed at the half 32-19.
"CV puts a lot of ball pressure on every guard out there in that no one is getting anything easy or any wide-open looks," Thurston said. "That is something we need to adjust a little bit."
Gettysburg would not be able to get any closer in the second half as CV's height and pressure defense continued to be too much for the Warriors to overcome.
The Eagles held Boehner to 12 points until the fourth quarter, in which she scored all of the Warriors' 11 points.
"We knew that size would be in our favor," CV head coach Bill Wolf said. "We wanted to make sure Gettysburg worked for every point. We also wanted to make sure, once Cami got the ball, that we stayed between her and the basket. We wanted to make sure we stayed on her well beyond the 3-point arch, because she is capable of shooting from out there, and challenging every shot."
In fact, Boehner nailed five 3s from way beyond the line.
"It is not that I am OK with a loss," Thurston said, "But I am surprised with how well we did with (CV's) size. I am OK with how we battled, and we can learn from it."
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CUMBERLAND VAL. (52)
Jackie Falconer 7 4-6 21, Kelly Jekot 4 0-0 12, Torresin 2 2-5 6, Sneidman 2 0-0 5, Rhoades 1 2-2 4, Jen Falconer 1 0-2 2, Hinish 1 0-0 2, Frazier 0 0-0 0, Keitel 0 0-0 0, 0 0-0 0, Scott 0 0-0 0, Wisehaupt 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 8-17 52.
Cami Boehner 8 2-4 23, Ellen Bair 5 3-4 14, Camel 1 0-0 2, Rothermel 0 1-2 1, Whiteman 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0, Weikert 0 0-0 0, Felton 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 6-10 40.
Cumb. Valley 20 17 13 7 -- 52
Gettysburg 10 9 10 11 -- 40
3-point goals -- Cumberland Valley 8 (Jekot 4, Falconer 3, Sneidman); Gettysburg 6 (Boehner 5, Bair).