After the first two minutes of Wednesday night's Mid Penn Commonwealth Division girls basketball game, Chambersburg had a glimmer of hope.

Facing a Central Dauphin team which had beat them by 40 points earlier this season, the Trojans did not look intimidated at the tip-off. They almost immediately forced a turnover with a steal followed by a fast break layup by Tayana Harrison to take an early lead.

On the Trojans' next possession, Darra Walker knocked down a long 3-pointer, and Harrison followed with her second bucket off a turnover.

That spark didn't last, though. Central Dauphin (15-4, 10-2 MPC) took a timeout, quickly regrouped, went on a 13-0 run and never looked back, eventually earning a 59-36 victory.

"We knew their size was going to be really rough tonight," Chambersburg coach Jenny Schmutzler said. "We played tough at the beginning, then they started getting some putbacks and using their cutters in the lane, and we just couldn't contain them."

Although the score was close after the first with the Trojans (4-14, 2-11 MPC) trailing by just six, the Rams put it away in the second. Outscoring the Trojans 21-8 in the second period allowed Central Dauphin to take it easy in the second half and still manage a commanding victory.

"We knew we had the height on them and the speed on the front court, so we were trying to seal our secondary break and run that tonight," CD coach Karen Hicks said. "But they're always dangerous because they do have the 3-point shooters and then No. 21 (Marshay Ryan) is just a good athlete."

One of Chambersburg's strengths on Wednesday was its 3-point shooting. The Trojans scored 14 field goals - seven of which were from beyond the arc. Walker (10 points) gave Chambersburg a nice spark in the third when she knocked back her second three. The point guard also scored four consecutive points to help end the quarter on an eight-point run.

When the Rams answered in the fourth with an eight-point spree of their own, Kaitlyn Rush (12 points) was there to provide a boost with two 3-pointers in the final eight minutes.

"We just couldn't sustain it for that long," Schmutzler said. "With that many weapons coming in, we would have our runs, but they would answer right back."

Chambersburg also did a nice job on the boards. Despite Central Dauphin having three girls above 6-feet, the Rams outrebounded Chambersburg by just seven.

Ryan was the only player on either squad to pull down double-figure rebounds (12).

"I thought she was tremendous on the boards," Hicks said. "I even told my team I thought if she made half of her offensive putbacks, this game would've been a lot closer."

Chambersburg as a whole continued to struggle with poor shooting. It took 54 shots - only four fewer than Central Dauphin - but made just 14 (25.9 percent) of them. The Rams, however, were 27-of-58 (46.6 percent) from the field.

The Rams were led by Madison Hatcher and Amanda Stouffer, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Both girls were just one rebound shy of a double-double.

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Lizi Arbogast can be reached at 262-4788 or larbogast@publicopinionnews.com.

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Central Dauphin 59

Chambersburg 36

CENTRAL DAUPHIN

Cassidy Weaver 0 0-2 0, Amanda Stouffer 5 1-2 11, Madison Hatcher 5 2-6 12, Jayneisha Davis 4 0-0 8, Tori Lesko 3 0-2 6, Tayler Forrester 0 0-0 0, Precious Martin 3 1-2 7, Shatara Parson 4 0-4 8, Perfect Martin 1 0-1 2, Jenasia Davis 0 0-0 0, Alexis Hartwick 2 0-0 5, Jasmine McKenzie 0 0-0 0, Noelle Meck 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 4-19 59.

CHAMBERSBURG

Darra Walker 4 0-0 10, Mandy Bell 1 0-2 3, Shannon Edwards 0 0-0 0, Tayana Harrison 2 0-0 4, Marshay Ryan 3 1-6 7, Crystal Thomas 0 0-0 0, Elaine Etter 0 0-0 0, Angeline Hang 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Rush 4 0-0 12, Claire Jacobs 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 1-8 36.

Central Dauphin 17 21 6 15 - 59

Chambersburg 11 8 11 6 - 36

3-point shots - CD 1 (Davis); Chbg 7 (Rush 4, Walker 2, Bell 1). Shooting - CD 27-58 (46.6%); Chbg 14-54 (25.9%). Rebounds - CD 35 (Stouffer 9, Hatcher 9); Chbg 28 (Ryan 12). Assists - CD 9 (Lesko 4); Chbg 6 (Walker 2, Harrison 2, Ryan 2). Steals - CD 7 (Lesko 3); Chbg 4 (Walker, Harrison, Ryan, Etter). Turnovers - CD 14; Chbg 19. Blocked shots - CD 6 (Stouffer 2); Chbg 2 (Edwards, Rush).

Next game: Friday, at home vs. Harrisburg, 7:30.