If Bermudian Springs High girls' basketball coach Kari Cover wants her team to learn anything from Thursday night's loss in the Bermudian Springs Holiday Tournament, it is the way her team is capable of playing.
"When the girls watch the video," Cover said, "and see what happened from the first half to the second half, they will be able to see how lackadaisical they were in the first half, and then in the second half coming out with with confidence and seeing the things they are capable of doing."
Bermudian built a 21-point deficit after three quarters, then staged a furious fourth-quarter rally, falling just short in a 40-34 loss to Boiling Springs in the tournament semifinal at Bermudian Springs High School.
Boiling Springs advances to play Camp Hill in the championship game at 8:00 p.m. today. Bermudian will play Greenwood in the third place game at 6:30. Camp Hill defeated Greenwood 49-36 in the first semifinal on Thursday.
"It's about limiting our turnovers," Cover said. "We came out flat not handling the ball well."
Bermudian turned the ball over 27 times, including 11 in a first quarter that saw it attempt just six shots from the field.
Still, the Eagles trailed just 10-8 after the opening eight minutes, as Bermudian's leading scorer, Shannon Kuhn, drained two threes and tallied eight points in the final 1:46 of the stanza.
"The girls were playing the way we want, being aggressive and driving the basketball," Boiling Springs head coach Kyle Watkins said. "The ball just wasn't going in, and we were unable to capitalize on our opportunities there."
It seemed a lid was still on top of the basket for both teams during the second quarter, but Boiling Springs ground out a 19-10 lead at the half.
Kuhn scored all 10 first-half points for the Eagles.
"The second half, we were moving better," Cover said. "We created more opportunities on the defensive end. Our defense started picking up pressure and using that to set up our offense."
The Eagles weren't the only ones to pick up the offense out of the break, however, as the Bubblers outscored the Eagles 20-8 in the third quarter.
Casie Hostetter came off the bench to fuel a late-quarter 11-2 run by Boiling Springs, knocking down three jump shots for seven points in the span of a couple minutes.
The run gave the Bubblers a 39-18 lead with eight minutes left.
The Eagles' Abby Hoffman drove the lane for a layup to start the fourth, and slowly but surely, the Eagles chipped away at the lead.
With five minutes to go, it was 39-25. Kuhn cashed in a breakaway layup after a defensive rebound by Rachael Erdman, and a few possessions later, Hoffman slashed and kicked out to Kuhn for a three-pointer to bring the deficit to nine with less than three minutes to go.
"I did think they'd run out of time, but that's not to say I wasn't worried," Watkins said.
Several empty possessions stalled the comeback, although the Eagles added a few token buckets in the final minute.
Bermudian Springs Holiday Tournament
Camp Hill 49, Greenwood 36
Boiling Springs 40, Bermudian Springs 34
BOILING SPRINGS (40)
Piccolo 3 2-4 8, J. Read 2 0-0 4, Crowley 3 0-0 6, Spisak 2 0-0 4, K. Read 0 0-0 0, Snyder 1 0-0 2, Hostetter 3 0-2 7, Bobb 2 0-0 4, Malinish 2 0-0 5. Totals18 2-6 40.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS (34)
Balzanna 0 0-0 0, Stoner 0 0-0 0, Sourbeer 0 0-0 0, Farley 1 2-3 4, Thomason 0 0-2 0, Mayers 0 1-2 1, Hoffman 3 0-0 6, Whitcomb 1 0-0 2, Shannon Kuhn 6 0-0 15, Erdman 3 0-0 6. Totals14 3-7 34.
Boiling Springs 10 9 20 1 -- 40
Bermudian Springs 8 2 8 16 -- 34
3-point goals -- Boiling Springs 2 (Hostetter, Malinish); Bermudian Springs 3 (Kuhn 3).