Now that all the holiday basketball tournaments are over, it's time for area teams to get busy with divisional play.
Going into Friday's games, the Hanover High Nighthawks found themselves trailing YAIAA Division IV leader Delone Catholic by two games in the loss column and York Catholic by one.
Facing a team that at times has played very well in the Biglerville Canners (2-6, 1-4 YAIAA IV), it was imperative the Hawks do not have a letdown and fall further behind both the Squires and Irish.
The Hawks (7-3, 2-2) took care of business as they ran to a 76-50 win at the Hawk House.
Outscoring the Canners in every quarter, the Hawks used their outside game to get a lead, then went inside to keep that lead.
With Canners playing a tight zone defense to open the game, the Hawks used their 3-point shooters to gain an 11-point lead after the first eight minutes. Getting two treys from Nick Trish and single 3-pointers from Kyle Krout and Drew Vogel, Hanover opened up a 22-11 lead.
When Biglerville came out of their zone, the Hawks fed 6-foot-4 center Dylan Krieger down low. The big sophomore scored eight of his game-high 32 points in the second quarter to push the Hanover lead to 37-24 at the break.
"Offensively, I thought we did a good job tonight," Hanover coach Nate Myers said. "We had good ball movement and good player movement. Defensively, we sort of fell asleep a few times with our rotation. We were able to push the ball up the court and go to the basket."
With the score tied at 4-4 in the opening quarter, the Hawks went on an 18-7 run over the final five minutes of the quarter.
They continued their scoring pace in the second quarter and at one time had a 37-17 lead. A 7-0 run by the Canners to end the first half gave them some hope for the second half.
"We started out in a deep hole," Biglerville coach Steve Elsier said. "They were on an offensive barrage to start the game. When you come out in a zone, you are giving up certain shots no matter what type of zone you are playing. They were hitting those shots pretty well."
Hanover got a great game off the bench from Brady Goodfellow. The junior guard got the assignment of guarding Biglerville's Zack Sheets and held Sheets to five second-half points. Goodfellow also added a couple of 3-pointers on offense.
"Brady Goodfellow and Austin Brown gave us some valuable defensive time tonight," Myers said. "It's nice to know that you can put players in there and there's no drop-off. They stepped up and it's like the next guy up can do the job."
Biglerville got within nine points in the third quarter, but Hanover was able to reestablish their lead by outscoring the Canners 11-4 over the last three minutes of the quarter.
Trish finished with 15 points and Vogel had 11. The Canners put two players in double figures, with Sheets hitting for 18 points and Jacob Heiland adding 13.
Redding 3 0-0 8, Griest 3 0-2 6, Borth 0 1-2 1, Zack Sheets 5 2-5 18, Jacob Heiland 5 3-4 13, Trostle 2 0-0 4 Wilt 0 0-0 0 Reever 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 6-13 50.
Nick Trish 3 6-10 15, McQueen 0 1-2 1, Krout 1 0-0 3, Goodfellow 3 0-0 8, Dylan Krieger 15 2-3 32, Sheaffer 1 0-1 2, Drew Vogel 5 0-0 11, Brown 2 0-0 4, Rhodes 0 0-0 0, Reichart 0 0-0 0, Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, Peterman 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 9-16 76.
Biglerville 11 13 18 8 -- 50
Hanover 22 15 21 18 -- 76
3-point goals -- Biglerville 4 (Redding 2, Sheets 2); Hanover 7 (Trish 3, Goodfellow 2, Vogel, Krout).
JV score -- Hanover 54, Biglerville 30.