A slow start turned into a frenetic finish on Monday night in Biglerville, as the Biglerville Canners defeated rival Bermudian Springs 45-39 in non-league girls' basketball action.
Trailing 21-17 early in the third period, Biglerville (12-5) broke away with a 15-0 run, then held on for the victory as the teams combined for three fewer points in the fourth quarter than the entire first half.
"Both teams are diving on the floor," Biglerville head coach Rob Moore said. "It's the way you want it. It's a brawl, and you're proud of your kids and they're proud of their kids, but we won."
Biglerville's Katie Camara led the way with a season-high 15 points, well above her 6.7 points-per-game average coming in, which places her third on the team behind Rebecca Isaac and Olivia Moore.
"We wanted to take (Moore) and (Isaac) away and make other players beat us," Bermudian head coach Kari Cover said. "Biglerville's other players did a nice job of hitting shots."
Shannon Kuhn tallied 13 points, including nine in the first half, to pace the Eagles (5-12), while freshman forward Madyson Whitcomb added eight points, 15 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
Whitcomb hustled to an offensive rebound and dropped in a putback attempt to give Bermudian the lead late in the second quarter.
Biglerville's Maddie Wenk hit a banked jumper at the other end to tie the score, but Kuhn's layup with 15 seconds left gave Bermudian a 19-17 lead at the break.
"She definitely doesn't play like a freshman," Cover said of Whitcomb. "Her work ethic is tremendous. It is really fun to watch her play. She's really physical and not afraid to take a hit or two."
Taylor Mayers stretched the Bermudian lead to four with a layup early in the third, but that was all the Eagles would get in the period as Biglerville began the decisive run.
The Canners made four quick trips to the free throw line and, though they only hit half of the eight attempts, Rob Moore liked what he saw from his team.
"I told them at half, 'You just have to relax, attack the hoop and make the referee blow the whistle.' They started relaxing, reversing and getting corner shots," he said.
The Canners, who only shot two free throw attempts in the first half, went 10-of-16 from the line in the second half, while Bermudian attempted just nine charity tosses for the game.
After layups from Isaac and Nettie Baugher and two free throws from Isaac made it 27-21, the Canners closed the period with a bang.
Inside the final 10 seconds, Isaac grabbed a defensive rebound off a tip and passed to Olivia Moore, who fired a halfcourt outlet pass to Camara in the frontcourt. Camara ran to the corner and drilled a triple just before the buzzer to build the Biglerville lead to nine.
Wenk scored a putback layup to push it to 32-21 early in the fourth, but the Eagles began to fight back in what quickly became a back-and-forth offensive struggle.
Biglerville led 37-27 after Camara's three with 4:30 to go, and then the Eagles ripped off a 6-0 run.
The Canners answered with a 6-2 run, but Bermudian chopped the margin to 43-39 after a putback layup by Karra Thomason, who scored a season-high eight points off the bench, including six in the fourth quarter.
Bermudian forced three turnovers and a jump ball, and grabbed an offensive rebound in the final 1:20, but missed three free throws and failed to score in in a one-on-one after a steal.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS (39)
Farley 1 0-0 2, Whitcomb 3 2-4 8, Thomason 4 0-0 8, Mayers 3 0-0 6, Shannon Kuhn 5 2-2 13, Sourbeer 1 0-0 2, Erdman 0 0-0 0, Hoffman 0 0-2 0. Totals 17 4-8 39.
Moore 3 1-2 7, Katie Camara 5 3-4 15, Wagner 1 0-0 2, Baugher 2 0-2 4, Rebecca Isaac 3 7-10 13, Wenk 2 0-0 4, Trent 0 0-0 0, Freed 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 11-18 45.
Bermudian10 9 2 18 -- 39
Biglerville10 7 13 15 -- 45
3-point goals -- Bermudian 1 (Kuhn); Biglerville 2 (Camara 2).
JV score -- Bermudian Springs 43, Biglerville 24.