SHIPPENSBURG - Big Spring's Dalida Camdzic showed rival Shippensburg her best shot once again.
"It was a really important game - the last time I'm ever going to play in my rivalry," Camdzic said, "so I just wanted to finish it on a positive note."
Camdzic carried Big Spring past the Lady Hounds - leading all scorers with 17 points - for a 45-32 Mid Penn Colonial Division girls basketball victory in Shippensburg on Tuesday night.
In two games against the Lady Hounds this year, the senior forward has scored a total of 35 points - translating into Bulldog wins on both occasions.
Following a 5-0 Ship run that cut Big Spring's lead to 20-17 at halftime, Camdzic opened up the third quarter with a 5-0 run of her own.
After banking home a layup, Camdzic collected an offensive rebound, shouldered contact and put back the miss for another bucket. After she hit her foul shot to complete the three-point play, the Lady Hounds found themselves back where they started - down by eight points.
"She's been a force for us all year. She works extremely hard," said Big Spring coach Randy Jones of Camdzic's effort in the paint. "I told her tonight is going to be about boxing out defensively and getting after the boards offensively, and she had 13 rebounds."
Take away Camdzic - who covered the 15-point difference in the game - and Shippensburg might have gotten on the sweet side of revenge despite a rough offensive night.
In the first matchup between the two teams on Dec. 14, the Bulldogs (10-5, 6-1 MPC) dominated Ship (4-9, 2-6 MPC) to the tune of 62-34, with Camdzic chipping in 18 points.
On Tuesday, the Lady Hounds' top two scorers - Alysia Clawson and Alicia Johnson - combined for 25 points - eight more than they did in their first game against the rival Bulldogs.
Their teammates couldn't give them enough help, though, combining for only seven points.
"They just put more pressure on us and we just could not buy a basket tonight - we just struggled from the field so badly," said Shippensburg coach Amy Lyman. "Partly that's their defense, partly that's just sometimes your shots don't fall."
Ship didn't have any trouble scoring in the first quarter. Clawson scored the first seven Lady Hound points on a putback, a 3-pointer and a fast-break runner. At the end of the game she was her team's leading scorer with 14 points - but only three came in the second half.
"They adjusted well, they put some more pressure out up top and made it hard for us to get it inside to our big girls," Lyman said. "I thought we were still getting some shots, they just weren't falling - sometimes that happens."
Now 13 games into the season, Ship's reliance on Clawson and Johnson (11 points) to carry the bulk of the scoring has become common knowledge, especially to MPC opponents like the Bulldogs.
"We knew what the attack was going to be just from the first game and from the stats all year," Jones said. "Clawson's pretty athletic - very aggresive, attacks the basket strongly. We were going to mix up the defense - from a 2-3 zone to a man-to-man - and I think it kind of got them off balance and kept them guessing."
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Big Spring 45
Lindsay Bower 2 0-0 6, Caity Stevens 2 1-2 5, Dalida Camdzic 7 3-5 17, Blair Bitner 1 2-2 4, Danielle Kepner 2 0-0 5, Allison Wilson 3 1-2 7, Kayla Dupert 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 8-13 45.
Alysia Clawson 5 2-4 14, Sarah Lyman 0 0-0 0, Alicia Johnson 4 3-4 11, Denice Lovett 0 0-0 0, Brooke Porter 1 2-2 4, Drew Lovett 0 0-2 0, Shayla Keller 1 0-0 3, Jazzy Chambers 0 0-0 0, Allyson Fetter 0 0-0 0, Kylee Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 7-12 32.
Big Spring 11 9 12 13 - 45
Shippensburg 12 5 6 9 - 32
3-point shots - BS 3 (Bower 2, Kepner); Ship 3 (Clawson 2, Keller). Shooting - 11-50 (22%). Rebounds - BS 32; Ship 24 (Clawson 8). Assists - Ship 5 (Clawson 3). Steals - Ship 12 (Keller 5). Turnovers - Ship 8. Blocked shots - Ship 1 (Johnson).
JV: Shippensburg 35, Big Spring 33. Makiela Burkholder led the Greyhounds with 9 points.
Next game: Wednesday, at home vs. Carlisle, 7:30.