Late-game trends continued for Bermudian Springs and Hanover as they wrapped up the first week of the season on Friday night.
The YAIAA Division III foes played a tight game in which neither team led by more than four points, and the Eagles found a way to come out with a 27-25 win.
After starting the year 0-3, Friday's win gave Bermudian Springs (2-3, 2-1) its second straight narrow victory. The Eagles beat Littlestown 25-21 in overtime on Thursday night.
“It’s their confidence and composure, believing in themselves," Bermudian Springs coach Kari Cover said of the back-to-back close division victories. "We have a young group of girls, they're inexperienced, and I have some players who are leaders. It’s just their trust in one another, believing they can do it and overcoming adversity.”
Eagles senior Gabby Emeigh led all scorers with eight points, and sophomore Aine Yacapsin scored six. Fellow sophomore Allie Wolf scored what proved to be the winning basket on a layup with more than a minute left in the game. The Eagles defense did not allow a field goal in the fourth quarter.
“We had a lot of open looks in the fourth quarter, but we just couldn’t get one to fall," Hanover coach Denny Garman said. "That’s been the story of this week, we’re just not getting shots to fall.”
The Hawkettes (1-4, 0-2) ended up on the losing side of close games all week, falling by two points to Biglerville on Tuesday and by seven points to York Country Day on Thursday. They've been hit hard by the injury bug, especially at the forward position, as four starters had to sit out of Friday's game.
"We don’t have a lot of size, so we’re getting used to playing that way,” Garman said. “Our girls are really fighting as hard as they can. For the size disadvantage that we have each night, our girls have shown a lot of guts, they’re not backing down from anybody.”
The Hawkettes host Delone Catholic on Tuesday, while the Eagles look to build on their winning streak when they host Fairfield the same night.
Bermudian Springs (27)
Emeigh 4 0-0 8, Yacapsin 3 0-0 6, Yinger 2 0-0 4, Farley 2 0-0 4, Wolf 1 1-2 3, Lochbaum 1 0-0 2. Totals — 12 1-2 27.
Daley 2 2-5 7, Martz 2 2-2 6, Bell 2 3-3 5, Rowe 1 2-4 5, Cleary 1 0-0 2. Totals — 8 9-12 25.
Bermudian Springs _ 4 _ 8 _ 11 _ 4 _ — _ 27
Hanover _ 5 _ 7 _ 9 _ 4 _ — _ 25
3-point goals — Hanover 2 (Daley 1, Rowe 1), Bermudian Springs 0.
JV score — Hanover, 33-27.