Most high school girls' basketball teams playing in their fifth game after losing six seniors in the offseason would not respond well when facing their first bit of adversity on the road against a storied opponent.
Faced with that situation on Saturday night at Delone Catholic High School, the Gettysburg Warriors thrived.
Trailing by six points midway through the third quarter, the Warriors put together a 17-3 run that was the key to a 45-38 victory over the previously unbeaten Squirettes.
"(Delone) put that run together in the third to put us behind," Gettysburg head coach Casey Thurston said. "For a young group that lost all those seniors, and we're in Delone Catholic's gym, it's great to see that we could pull back from that."
Gettysburg (5-0) opened the season by winning the New Oxford Tip-Off Tournament, but its first four wins came against teams that had a combined 3-13 record on the season entering Saturday.
"It's a bigger atmosphere for the fifth game of the season," Thurston said. "There's a lot of people, fans from both sides making a lot of noise. It's not quite a playoff atmosphere, but it's cool to have this kind of game early in the season."
Gettysburg handled the pressure well right off the opening tip.
Maddie Weikert knocked down a jumpshot less than 30 second into the game, and the Warriors raced out to an 11-4 lead over their local rivals.
Delone responded, however, late in the
Going to a bigger lineup off the bench, Delone went on a 13-4 spurt to take a 17-15 lead into the later parts of the second.
"That was somewhat effective, but not effective enough," Delone head coach Gerry Eckenrode said. "Too many shots around the basket that we didn't finish."
Cami Boehner finished off a finger roll off the glass after crossing over a defender to give Gettysburg the lead, 21-19, but Delone tied it at 21 before the half and proceeded to go on an 8-2 run at the start of the third to lead 29-23.
Gettysburg started to come back when Boehner drove from the wing and found Weikert for a backdoor layup.
Boehner hit two free throws a little later, and then followed with a straight-on 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 30-29 lead.
Delone's Julie Mall responded with her only basket of the night to give Delone a 31-30 lead after three quarters.
Boehner continued to score at will in the fourth. She converted a layup to give the Warriors the lead, 32-31, then broke a 32-all tie with two free throws.
After a jumper by Caitlin Wood, Ellen Bair came up with a steal in the backcourt and found Boehner streaking toward the hoop, where the latter converted a layup for a 38-32 lead.
"We did not see that coming," Bair said of playing against a triangle-and-two defense with man-to-man against Boehner and Bair. "Coach set us up in our man offense where we run a lot of screens to get Cam and I open. We started getting some easy looks in the second half and that's when we put the hammer down."
Cami Boehner 6 7-8 21, Whiteman 0 1-2 1, Wood 2 0-2 4, Camel 2 0-0 4, Weikert 4 1-2 9, Bair 1 4-4 6. Totals 15 13-18 45.
DELONE CATHOLIC (38)
Comly 3 3-5 9, Gingrow 1 1-2 3, Ugarte 0 0-0 0, Sponseller 3 0-0 7, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Ball 1 0-0 3, Mall 1 6-8 8, Becker 2 0-0 4, Durbin 2 0-0 4. Totals13 10-15 38.
Gettysburg 13 8 9 15 -- 45
Delone Catholic 8 13 10 7 -- 38
3-point goals -- Gettysburg 2 (Boehner 2); Delone Catholic (Ball, Sponseller).
JV score -- Delone Catholic 51, Gettysburg 42.