After a cold-shooting first half, the Trojans scored 21 points in the third quarter and held a four-point lead.
Unfortunately, they weren't able to keep it going in the fourth quarter, scoring only five points, and lost 40-36 to Harrisburg in a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division game at CASHS Field House.
Neither team shot well in the first half, which saw the Cougars up 16-10 at the break. Chambersburg was 5-for-19 from the floor (26%), while Harrisburg was 5-for-22 (23%).
The Trojans had a bigger concern than their lack of scoring, though. It looked like their best player, Marshay Ryan, might be sidelined.
Ryan doubled over in pain with two minutes to go in the first half. She went to the locker room and it wasn't clear if she could continue to play. However, she came back out and played the entire second half.
Chambersburg coach Jenny Schmutzler said, "Marshay wasn't feeling well. At halftime I wasn't sure if she'd be able to play, but she said, 'Coach, let's go.' That's how she is. She never quits."
Things changed for Chambersburg in the third quarter. The Trojans hit eight of their 11 shots and took a 31-27 lead. Darra Walker led the way with nine points, Kaitlyn Rush hit a pair of threes for six points, Ryan had five points and Crystal Thomas added a free throw.
At halftime, Schmutzler said she told the team, "We need to get our teammates open. We need to set ball screens and get good spacing. I said, this is our home court. Let's play our game."
Then, just as suddenly, the Trojans went cold again. In the fourth quarter they took nine shots and hit only two of them.
"In the fourth quarter, we kind of lost our energy," Schmutzler said. "And Harrisburg made their free throws. They went to the line five times; we went one time."
Harrisburg's Tianna Jackson made five of six free throws in the fourth quarter, including 4-for-4 to ice the game.
For the game, the Cougars were 11-for-21 at the foul line. Chambersburg took only six free throws, making three of them.
Cougars coach Dwan Lee said, "We pride ourselves on our defense. We gave up 21 in the third quarter, but otherwise we did a good job. Tianna made some huge free throws down the stretch."
Harrisburg trailed until 2:51 left in the fourth quarter, when Jackson hit two foul shots to tie it, 36-36. The Trojans failed to score again, making a couple of costly turnovers in the waning moments.
Lee said, "Our record (11-9, 6-7 in the MPC) is not indicative of how well we've played. We started out 2-7, but we've won nine of our last 11. We made up our minds that we didn't want to keep losing. Three weeks ago we wouldn't have won this game."
Harrisburg was led by Jackson with 12 points. No other Cougar had more than seven.
"Chambersburg always plays us tough down here," Lee said. "Their coach gets the kids to play hard. I told her to keep doing what she's doing, it's working."
For the Trojans (4-15, 2-12 MPC), Ryan was the game's leading scorer with 14 points. Walker added 11, Rush had six and Shannon Edwards contributed four points.
Ryan also led Chambersburg with 13 rebounds.
Schmutzler said, "Harrisburg is a good team. They're tough, they're athletic and they're aggressive. I was proud of our effort and hustle. We've lost some close games, but the girls never quit."
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Tianna Jackson 2-7 7-10 12, Quencey Hickerson 1-7 0-3 3, Alexis Marshall 1-4 0-0 3, Briana Sye 3-8 1-2 7, Jada Sloane 3-5 0-2 6, Briana Mack 3-10 1-2 7, Tysha Brown 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 13-44 11-21 40.
Darra Walker 5-13 0-0 11, Mandy Bell 0-0 0-0 0, Shannon Edwards 2-2 0-0 4, Tayana Harrison 0-3 0-0 0, Marshay Ryan 6-11 2-4 14, Crystal Thomas 0-1 1-2 1, Elaine Etter 0-1 0-0 0, Angeline Hang 0-0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Rush 2-8 0-0 6. Totals 15-39 3-6 38.
Harrisburg 8 8 11 13 - 40
Chambersburg 4 6 21 5 - 36
3-point shots - Harr 3 (Jackson, Hickerson, Marshall); Chbg 3 (Rush 2, Walker). Shooting - Harr 13-44 (30%); Chbg 15-39 (38%). Rebounds - Chbg 31 (Ryan 13). Assists - Chbg 6 (Walker 2, Ryan 2). Steals - Chbg 2 (Ryan, Rush). Turnovers - Chbg 27.
JV: Chambersburg 42, Harrisburg 36. Claire Jacobs led the Trojans with 12 points.
Next game: Saturday, Dunks for Drew vs. Shippensburg, 4:30.