Thoughout the night, it had the feel of a game that would came down to the end, and the team that could get the most defensive stops late would walk away with the victory.

As it turns out, that's what happened.

Hanover High put the clamps on Littlestown a few more times than the Thunderbolts were able to stop the Nighthawks and Hanover came away with a 57-50 victory in boys' basketball action Saturday night at Hanover.

That was the second game of a girls-boys doubleheader that Hanover swept. The Hawkettes took down the Lady Bolts, 63-13, in the opener.

Hanover (8-3) was holding a 48-45 lead before Nick Trish connected on a trifecta from the right corner off an assist from Dylan Krieger. Krieger, who posted 23 points and 16 rebounds, drove the lane from the right wing and the defense collapsed on him. Instead of forcing a shot, he calmly kicked the ball out to Trish, who found nothing but net with his shot and doubled the Nighthawk lead in the process with 2:17 left.

Littlestown (3-7) closed the gap to 51-47 on Ryan Kehr's free throws with 2:07 left, but the Bolts didn't score again until Braden Becker's triple with 15 seconds to go. By then, Hanover's Drew Vogel had pushed the lead to 56-47 prior to Becker's bucket.

"We were able to get some stops in the fourth quarter and Drew hit some big free throws for us," Hanover head coach Nathan Myers said. "I knew this game was going to come down to that.

"Littlestown plays very hard. They competed all night long."

Krieger's effort followed a 32-point night in a win over Biglerville on Friday and it was his effort early on Saturday that allowed the Nighthawks to end the first quarter in front as he scored nine of his team's 11 points in the frame.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore reached halftime already with a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.

"This was his 11th varsity game and he's learning on the fly," Myers said. "He's doing a great job and getting better every day."

Kehr gave the Bolts their first lead of the night with a jumper in the lane with 6:30 to go until halftime, but Hanover put in the next nine to take a 22-14 lead.

The hosts went to the locker room in front, 25-21.

Trish, who was held to three points in the first half, all free throws, scored eight points in the third quarter as the Nighthawks boosted their advantage to 40-33 heading for the final stanza.

Despite the loss, Littlestown head coach Scott Motter was pleased with the way his team played.

"I'm proud of our kids and I'm proud of their kids," Motter said. "We gave them all we had tonight and they took it."

Joining Krieger in double figures were Trish and Vogel, who contributed 16 and 10 points, respectively.

Kehr paced Littlestown with 18 points and added seven boards, while Becker and Austin Towner each put in 10.

As for the girls' contest, Hawkette head coach Denny Garman was concerned with what he would get from his squad after they had pulled out a one-point win in the final seconds over Biglerville on Friday night.

Garman's players quickly put their coach at ease as they scored the first nine points of the contest and never looked back.

Hanover (6-3) led 21-2 after one quarter and 35-7 at halftime.

Soukaina Tracy led the way for the Hawkettes with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.

"We talk a lot about consistency with our girls," Garmen said, "about playing their game, regardless of who they're playing against."

  

Boys
LITTLESTOWN (50)
   Hildebrand 0 0-0 0, Austin Towner 4 1-3 10, Ryan Kehr 6 6-6 18, Alejandrez 2 0-0 4, Zimmerman 2 0-1 4, Trout 1 2-4 4, Braden Becker 4 1-2 10, Reed 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 10-16 50.
HANOVER (57)
   Nick Trish 5 3-5 16, Krout 1 0-0 2, Goodfellow 0 0-0 0, Dylan Krieger 8 7-13 23, Sheaffer 0 1-2 1, Drew Vogel 1 9-10 11, Rhodes 1 0-0 2, Brown 1 0-0 2. Totals17 20-30 57.
Littlestown     9  12  12  17 -- 50
Hanover   11  14  15  17 -- 57
   3-point goals -- Littlestown 2 (Towner, Becker); Hanover 3 (Trish 3).
   JV score -- Hanover 53, Littlestown 25.
  
Girls

LITTLESTOWN (13)
   Robertson 0 0-0 0, Yealy 0 0-0 0, Post 0 0-0 0, Stott 0 0-0 0, Eyler 1 0-0 2, Slater 2 0-4 4, Leppo 0 0-0 0, Lanahan 1 1-2 3, M. Smith 2 0-0 4, B. Smith 0 0-0 0, Fogle 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 1-6 13.
HANOVER (63)
   Shelby Barnes 5 0-0 10, Drawbaugh 3 1-2 7, Z. Tracy 0 0-0 0, Herrick 2 0-0 4, Silver 0 0-0 0, Giannini 2 0-0 4, Naill 1 0-0 2, Zoie Cleary 4 2-5 10, Bowersox 0 0-0 0, Gibson 2 2-2 6, Soukaina Tracy 7 2-2 16, Hoffman 0 0-2 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Yealy 2 0-2 4. Totals 28 7-15 63.
Littlestown     2    5    0    6 -- 13
Hanover   21  14  18  10 -- 63
   3-point goals -- none.
   JV score -- Hanover 47, Littlestown 4.