GREENCASTLE - Taking care of business.
Greencastle-Antrim did that Friday night - controlling James Buchanan for a 57-35 Mid Penn Commonwealth Division girls basketball victory.
How the young Blue Devils won should pay dividends Saturday in the team's first back-to-back night-day games of the year.
"It actually turned out exactly the way we thought," said Greencastle coach Mike Rhine of his team's game plan to let the Rockets hang around early. "We were even with them with no significant foul trouble, and then when we decided to turn it on, we came hard at them and built the lead up so we could back off at the end."
G-A let everyone else in the building rush to excitement - with the score tied at 10 points after the first quarter - about the potential for a thrilling fourth-quarter finish.
But the joy ended there for JB (1-7, 0-5 MPC).
The Blue Devils (5-4, 3-2 MPC) stepped on the gas, outscoring the Rockets 35-10 in the second and third quarters.
After JB point guard Rochelle Timmons laid in a basket to give the Rockets a 13-12 second-quarter lead, G-A freshman point guard Hannah Crist answered with quick pull-up jumper at the free throw line to reclaim the lead.
With a Greencastle rally appearing imminent, Rocket coach Rick Cristofano called time out.
The pause didn't slow the Blue Devils, though.
G-A's Chloe Hoover kept the pressure on with a putback layup. Ashlynn Schaeffer followed with a steal, taking the ball to the hoop for two more. Katie Gelsinger then put her stamp on the rally, swishing home a jump hook to put the Blue Devils up 20-13.
"We knew what we had to do," said Hoover, who led all scorers with 25 points. "We were missing a lot of shots (early), and then we hit the shots we wanted, did what we had to do, and our mindset was just there."
After bringing a 27-16 lead to the half, Greencastle kept its foot on the pedal - ending the third quarter on a 12-0 run. Only in the fourth did Rhine pull off the chase with tomorrow's game at East Pennsboro in mind.
Both Rhine and Cristofano had player health and safety in mind, too.
Although the teams split 28 called fouls, rough play ensued without whistles for most of the game - leaving both coaches relieved nobody was injured afterward.
"I thought it got rough early," Rhine said. "After that point what do you do - fix it up at that stage of the game? So they just let them play it out. I'm just thankful nobody got hurt."
In light of another tough loss, Cristofano recognized two of his girls for their play through a tough game.
"Cheyenne (Carbaugh) and Jess Moquin both played their hearts out," Cristofano said. "If we can get the rest of the group to watch and learn something from their efforts, I think we'll be OK."
Carbaugh led the Rockets with 13 points - seven coming in the final quarter - along with 12 rebounds and three steals. Timmons and Jennae Piper each scored nine points.
Like Greencastle, JB won't wait long for its next game - traveling Saturday to Fannett-Metal.
Win or lose, Sunday is bound to make everyone's legs feel better.
Jeff Kolb can be reached at 262-4819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Buchanan 35
Jennae Piper 4 0-0 9, Rochelle Timmons 3 3-4 9, Cheyenne Carbaugh 3 7-11 13, Jess Moquin 0 0-0 0, Bailey Wagner 1 2-2 4, Jenna Carbaugh 0 0-0 0, Kylea Mongold 0 0-0 0, Candice Plessinger 0 0-0 0, Taylor Gorman 0 0-0 0, Charity Miller 0 0-0 0, Tristen Amsley 0 0-0 0, Erica Eberly 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 12-17 35.
Chloe Hoover 10 2-3 25, Katie Gelsinger 4 2-2 10, Jane Herman 0 1-2 1, Hannah Crist 5 1-2 11, Meghan Hirneisen 1 3-4 5, Ashlynn Schaeffer 1 1-2 3, Shelby Stouffer 0 2-4 2, Abbey Pool 0 0-0 0, Lauren Powers 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-19 57.
James Buchanan 10 6 4 15 - 35
Greencastle 10 17 18 12 -57
3-point shots - JB 1 (Piper); GA 3 (Hoover 3). Shooting - JB 11-59 (21.5%); GA 21-51 (41%). Rebounds - 37 (C.Carbaugh 12); GA 14 (Powers 5). Assists - JB 9 (J.Carbaugh 3); GA 6. Steals - JB 4 (C.Carbaugh 3); GA 9 (Herman 4, Hoover 4). Turnovers - JB 28, GA 9. Blocked shots - JB 1 (Moquin).
Next game: G-A: Saturday, at East Pennsboro, 2:30 JB: Saturday, at Fannett-Metal, 6.