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During her first two years on the team, Gettysburg junior Cami Boehner mostly filled the role of spot-up shooter. Her main responsibility on offense was to provide spacing for top scorers Bri Thomas and Destinee Reid to operate.
With Thomas and Reid both graduating last spring, Lady Warrior coach Casey Thurston has had to reshuffle the deck, and Boehner has emerged as the team's top scoring threat, a role that she has taken to very well.
For the eighth time this season, she topped 20 points and scored 24 of her career-high tying 33 in the first half to lead Gettysburg to a 56-40 win over Greencastle-Antrim in Mid Penn Colonial Division girls basketball action Friday night.
"Cami has to shoot, and she knows that, even if she has to force some shots at times," Thurston said. "Last year she was our shooter. This year, she's our scorer and she can do more than just catch and shoot. She can drive, hit the pull up jumper and finish at the basket.
"She showed signs even two years ago of her ability to score. At Big Spring that year, I benched the starters, and she went in and scored 14 big points that night to help us win."
On Friday, Boehner made 12-of-24 from the field, connected four times from beyond the arc and made all five of her charity tosses to push her season average to 20.3 points per game.
"Coach has said to me that this team is different than last year's team and that I had to step up and be more of a scorer," Boehner said. "My role has changed, and I've tried to embrace it as best I can."
Gettysburg (12-4, 7-2 MPC) began the game using a full-court press that disrupted Greencastle enough to allow the Lady Warriors to sprint out to a 14-3 lead. Boehner put in 10 points in the first five minutes.
Greencastle (6-9, 4-4 MPC) managed to cut the lead to 14-8 after one quarter, but the Lady Devils were blitzed in the second quarter.
Boehner connected on all six of her shot attempts in that quarter, piling up 14 more points. Maddie Weikert added five, and Gettysburg went to the locker room ahead 37-14.
"They played very slow the last time we played them, so we wanted to try to force the pace tonight," Thurston said. "We came out in a press to try to make them play faster than they wanted to."
The Blue Devils were able to slow down the hosts on the scoreboard in the third quarter, but their deficit still increased and they trailed 46-22 heading into the final stanza.
Greencastle continued to battle in the fourth quarter, drawing as close as 52-38 with just under two minutes left.
"We played a much better second half, but we're not ready for this type of team on the road," G-A coach Mike Rhine said. "We're very young, and whenever we feel pressure to perform in a game, we don't handle it well at all.
"Once we get down, we seem to relax and play better. That comes with our lack of experience. When the pressure is off, we play better. That will come, though, as we get more experienced. I really like this group; they're going to do good things over the next few years."
Chloe Hoover led G-A with 12 points and collected six rebounds.
Weikert joined Boehner in double figures with 11 points to go along with seven boards.
Lauren Powers 1-1 1-1 3, Ashlynn Schaeffer 1-2 2-2 4, Hannah Crist 3-11 0-0 6, Shelby Stouffer 0-0 0-0 0, Chloe Hoover 5-11 0-4 12, Jane Herman 2-8 1-2 7, Katie Gelsinger 2-4 2-3 6, Steph Ehko 0-1 0-0 0, Erin Bontrager 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 15-40 6-12 40.
Cami Boehner 12-24 5-5 33, Shaye Whiteman 1-2 0-0 2, Caitlin Wood 0-0 0-0 0, Alexis Rothermel 1-3 1-3 3, Hailey Bortner 0-2 1-2 1, Arianna Camel 1-2 0-0 2, Maddie Weikert 5-11 1-3 11, Larissa Felton 1-2 0-0 2, Ellen Bair 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 22-48 8-13 56.
Greencastle 8 6 8 18 - 40
Gettysburg 14 23 9 10 - 56
3-point shots - GA 4-14 (Hoover, Herman 2); Get 4-13 (Boehner 4). Shooting - GA 37.5%; Get 45.8%. Rebounds - GA 25 (Herman 8); Get 32 (Weikert 7). Assists - GA 7 (Crist 3); Get 13 (Bair 8). Turnovers - GA 14, Get 12.
JV: Gettysburg 31, Greencastle 19.
Next game: Tuesday, at home vs. Boiling Springs, 7:30.