Chloe Hoover scored 19 points and Kaitie Gelsinger added 16 to go with nine boards as the Blue Devils beat Waynesboro 52-17 on Friday night in the first round of the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament.
"I've told the girls from the beginning, get your shot when you can and get me an offensive rebound," Rhine said. "But I've also told them to dig in on defense - box out and be physical - and that's what they did tonight."
Hoover, the only returning starter this season for G-A, came out firing, scoring nine of the Blue Devils' first 20 points. The junior was 9-of-18 from the field, including 1-for-1 from beyond the arc, and added three rebounds, two assists and three steals in an all-around effort.
Hoover said, "I'm perfectly happy - we went out there and had a lot of fun tonight. We're a very young team, but there is a bond. I think we know we can be great, but that's something we're going to have to gradually work up to."
Freshman guard Hannah Crist made her first start and added 10 points as Greencastle-Antrim (1-0) earned a date with Chambersburg in tonight's championship at Waynesboro Area Senior High School (7:00). The Maidens (0-1) will face James Buchanan in the consolation (4:00).
"I'm excited to be playing them (Chambersburg)," Hoover said. "The more games we play against quality opponents, the more we're going to find out about ourselves."
The Blue Devils held Waynesboro to 24 percent shooting and dominated the boards, outrebounding the Maidens 32-22. Waynesboro also struggled to find a way to slow down the suddenly explosive Greencastle offense, which scored 26 points off turnovers.
Rhine termed it a successful night.
"These girls do exactly what you ask them and they give 110 percent," he said. "I love these kids and it's so nice to have kids on the team you love. They practice hard and they're getting better and developing right in front of our eyes. They just don't stop fighting."
Dori Kozain had eight points and five rebounds for Waynesboro, which turned the ball over a remarkable 39 times.
Coach Doug Stuart was less than thrilled with his Maidens' shooting, ball handling and defensive pressure.
"Don't get me wrong, our girls hustled and played hard right up to the final buzzer," Stuart said. "But we just don't have the knowledge of the fundamentals. It's a process right now that we have to go through."
The Maidens stayed close for the first eight minutes before Greencastle went on a 21-0 run to take a big 28-9 halftime lead. Gelsinger made a layup and three short jumpers during the stretch.
The Blue Devils, who started three underclassmen, maintained a steady second-half advantage that never dipped below 19 points and grew to 34 points with around two minutes remaining.
Greencastle made 23 of its 69 shots from the floor, but only 5 of 14 free throws.
Hoover said, "In practice they always tell us to shoot and shoot, so the mindset is: if you have an open shot, shoot it until coach tells you not to. We struggled a bit with our shooting tonight, but I expect that to improve as the season wears on."
Greencastle 52, Waynesboro 17
Chloe Hoover 9-18 0-1 19, Katie Gelsinger 7-17 2-4 16, Hannah Crist 4-12 2-5 10, Jane Herman 2-6 1-4 5, Meghan Hirneisen 1-7 0-0 2, Ashlynn Schaeffer 0-7 0-0 0, Shelby Stouffer 0-2 0-0 0, Abbey Pool 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-69 5-14 52.
Dori Kozain 4-7 0-0 8, Lauren Wagaman 2-6 0-0 4, Mallory Patterson 1-9 1-3 3, Kristy McFerren 0-1 2-4 2, Sam Nichols 0-3 0-0 0, Hunter Mowen 0-2 0-2 0, Lily Harnish 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Clawson 0-0 0-1 0, Zoe Harris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 7-29 3-10 17.
Greencastle 11 17 17 7 - 52
Waynesboro 9 0 6 2 - 17
3-point shots - GA 1-6 (Hoover); Way 0-2. Shooting - GA 33.3%; Way 24.1%. Rebounds - GA 32 (Schaeffer 11); Way 22 (Kozain 5). Assists - GA 12 (Herman 4); Way 4 (Mowen 2). Steals - GA 19 (Crist 5); Way 4 (Wagaman 3). Blocked shots - GA 1 (Gelsinger); Way 5 (Kozain 2). Turnovers - GA 16; Way 39. Fouls - GA 17; Way 14. Fouled out - Pool.