During her first two years on the team, Gettysburg High junior Cami Boehner mostly filled the role of spot-up shooter. Her main responsibility on offense was to provide spacing for top scorers Brianna Thomas and Destinee Reid to operate.
With Thomas and Reid both graduating last spring, Lady Warrior head coach Casey Thurston has had to reshuffle the deck, and Boehner has emerged as the team's top scoring threat, a role she has taken to very well.
For the eighth time this season, she topped 20 points and scored 24 of her career high-tying 33 in the first half to lead Gettysburg to a 56-40 win over Greencastle-Antrim in Mid-Penn Colonial girls' basketball action Friday night at Gettysburg.
"Cami has to shoot, and she knows that, even if she has to force some shots at times," Thurston said. "Last year, she was our shooter. This year, she's our scorer and she can do more than just catch and shoot. She can drive, hit the pull-up jumper and finish at the basket.
"She showed signs even two years ago of her ability to score. At Big Spring that year, I benched the starters, and she went in and scored 14 big points that night to help us win."
On Friday, Boehner made 12-of-24 from the field, connected four times from beyond the arc and made all five of her charity tosses to push her season average to 20.3 points per game.
"Coach has said to me that this team is different than last year's team and that I had to step up and be more of a scorer,"
Gettysburg (12-4, 7-2 Mid-Penn Colonial) began the game using a fullcourt press defensively that disrupted Greencastle enough to allow the Lady Warriors to sprint out to a 14-3 lead as Boehner put in 10 points in the first five minutes.
Greencastle (6-9, 4-4) managed to cut the lead to 14-8 after one quarter, but the Lady Devils were blitzed in the second quarter. Boehner connected on all six of her shot attempts in the quarter as she piled up 14 more points, and classmate Maddie Weikert added five in the frame as Gettysburg went to the locker room in front, 37-14.
"They played very slow the last time we played them, so we wanted to try to force the pace tonight," Thurston said. "We came out in a press to try to make them play faster than they wanted to."
The Lady Devils were able to slow the hosts down on the scoreboard in the third quarter, but their deficit still increased as they trailed 46-22 heading for the final stanza.
Greencastle continued to battle in the fourth quarter, drawing as close as 52-38 with just under two minutes left.
"We played a much better second half," G-A head coach Mike Rhine said, "but we're not ready for this type of team on the road. We've very young, and whenever we feel pressure to perform in a game, we don't handle it well at all.
"Once we get down, we seem to relax and play better. That comes with our lack of experience. When the pressure is off, we play better. That will come, though, as we get more experienced. I really like this group. They're going to do good things over the next few years."
Chloe Hoover led G-A with 12 points and collected six rebounds.
Weikert joined Boehner in double figures with 11 points to go along with seven boards.
After dropping three straight, Gettysburg has now won four in a row.
Powers 2 1-1 5, Schaeafer 1 2-2 4, Crist 3 0-0 6, Stouffer 0 0-0 0, Hoover 4 0-4 9, Jane Herman 3 1-2 10, Geisinger 2 2-3 6, Ehko 0 0-0 0, Bontrager 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 6-12 40.
Cami Boehner 12 5-5 33, Whiteman 1 0-0 2, Rothermal 1 1-3 3, Bortner 0 1-2 1, Camel 2 0-0 4, Maddie Weikert 5 1-3 11, Felton 1 0-0 2, Bair 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 8-13 56.
Greencastle-Antrim 8 6 8 18 -- 40
Gettysburg 14 23 9 10 -- 56
3-point goals -- Greencastle-Antrim 4 (Herman 3, Hoover); Gettysburg 4 (Boehner 4).
JV score -- Gettysburg 31, Greencastle-Antrim 19