SHIPPENSBURG - The Shippensburg boys basketball team found a way to take advantage of a fatigued Waynesboro squad.
On Tuesday night, the Indians played their fourth game in five nights and were taken down, 54-47, by their Mid Penn Colonial Division foe.
Waynesboro's defense came out on fire, but the flame seemed to fade near the end of the first half. The Greyhounds (9-8, 6-4 MPC)) cut a seven-point deficit to just one before the halftime buzzer. They scored the first four points of the third quarter to take a lead, and they used that momentum to secure the seven-point victory.
"We just made the plays," Greyhound coach Ray Staver said. "We've been talking to them about making plays, and tonight, we did that in the second half on the offensive end. We made a few on the defensive end, too, with a couple of blocks."
After the lead changed hands five times in the third quarter, the Greyhounds led 35-32 going into the final period. Two minutes into the fourth, Spencer VanScyoc came off the bench and hit a long 3-pointer to give the Hounds a seven-point lead, their largest to that point. Although Seth Hoffman answered with a three of his own, Shippensburg then went on a 6-1 scoring run that sealed the win.
"They're just a good team, and when you play good teams on the road, it's going to come down to the fourth quarter," Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman said. "The last couple games, we've been the team that's been making some plays to win the game, and tonight, Ship did that.
Waynesboro's defense was the story of the first half. Although the Indians (6-2, 3-8 MPC) led by just one at halftime, it could've been much worse had the Hounds had more offensive opportunities.
Ship shot a stellar 66.7 percent from the field in the first half, but it made only 15 attempts. Waynesboro forced 13 turnovers in the first half alone, and eight of those were steals.
"We found a burst of energy in the second quarter that turned them over a few times, and they just seemed to get rattled," Hoffman said.
After taking a timeout at the four-minute mark of the second quarter, the Hounds seemed to settle into the game and handled the ball much better from then on.
"At the beginning, they kind of overwhelmed us a little bit," Greyhound guard Mac Miller said. "They were really pressuring on defense, but we just slowed it down a little bit more and got our heads together. We held onto the ball better, too."
Miller ended as the Hounds' leading scorer. He had a career-high 23 points and added four rebounds. He was 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the field.
"Mac Miller had a huge game, especially in the second half," Staver said. "He had some really big buckets down there on the baseline."
Although Waynesboro's scoring was spread, Hoffman said he lacks a go-to-guy like Miller.
"Collectively, we're very, very good," Hoffman said. "We have a bunch of guys that you have to guard or they could hurt you, but the one guy who can be counted on to get us 15 a game, we don't have."
The Indians had three players in double figures. Shaquill Smith led with 14 points, while Tim Ingram and Seth Hoffman added 12 and 10, respectively.
Waynesboro was held to just four 3-pointers - 2.5 fewer than its average. But it scored only 22 points from inside the arc.
"Part of our offensive approach and what makes us effective is we do shoot the three ball and have guys that can do that, but we have to learn that the two-pointer is a good thing, too," Hoffman said. "We still want to work inside out, but even if we get the ball into the paint and we don't shoot it, it's going to free up the shooters on the outside."
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Shaquill Smith 5 3-4 14, Cole Warrenfeltz 3 0-0 7, Connor Fetterhoff 0 3-4 3, James Bennett 0 0-0 0, Tim Ingram 4 4-6 12, Seth Hoffman 3 2-2 10, Devonte Montgomery 0 1-2 1, Ryan Kelley 0 0-0 0, Cory Chatfield 0 0-0 0, Steven Ridenour 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 13-18 47.
Bryce Hastings 4 2-2 10, Britton Hastings 2 0-0 4, Tyrell Kater 2 1-2 5, Reid Singhas 2 1-3 5, Mac Miller 9 3-7 23, Cordell Shannon 0 0-0 0, Seth Frey 0 0-0 0, Tony Johnson 0 1-2 1, Clinton Bake 0 0-0 0, Spencer VanScyoc 1 0-0 3, Austin Springer 1 0-0 3. Totals 21 8-16 54.
Waynesboro 14 10 8 15 - 47
Shippensburg 14 9 12 19 - 54
3-point shots - Way 4 (Hoffman 2, Smith, Warrenfeltz 1); Ship 4 (Miller 2, VanScyoc, Springer 1). Shooting - Way 15-51 (29.4%); Ship 21-34 (61.8%). Rebounds - Way 22 (Ingram 5); Ship 28 (Singhas 10). Assists - Way 5 (Smith, Kelley 2). Steals - Way 11 (Warrenfeltz 3). Turnovers - Way 9, Ship 19.
JV: Shippensburg 26, Waynesboro 18. Ryan Boone led the Greyhounds with 8 points; Jake Neterer led the Indians with 5.
Next game: Way: Saturday, at East Pennsboro, 3:45 ... Ship: Friday, at Greencastle-Antrim, 7:30.