Hanover High girls' head basketball coach Denny Garman knows this time of year is a grueling one for any basketball team because it is winding down its season but is playing a lot of games in very few days.
As a result, he has shortened practices to try and save the girls' energy for games.
That method paid off Tuesday night when the Hawkettes hosted Biglerville in a YAIAA Division IV game. The Hawkettes' uptempo style of play wore down a Canner team that was coming off a hard-fought win over rival Bermudian Springs the preceding night and allowed Hanover to pull out a 38-31 win, rebounding from a 46-33 loss to South Western on Saturday.
"We were hungry to get another opportunity after Saturday," Garman said. "We weren't pleased. I don't think anybody was pleased. (The girls) were excited to get back into a game. Biglerville played last night against Bermudian (Springs) in a tough game and so we just wanted to play as fast as possible, and you could see that pace affected them."
Hanover (12-7, 6-5 YAIAA IV) dominated the first quarter, jumping out to an 8-0 lead. The Hawkettes forced six Biglerville turnovers and pulled down 12 rebounds. More important, they held the Canners scoreless for the entire quarter.
"It was good because Saturday we came out and South Western did to us what we did to Biglerville," senior Zoie Cleary said. "It was awesome to come out and get the lead. It gave us all confidence."
It was not until a little over a minute into the second quarter that Biglerville finally got on the scoreboard. Katie Camara's foul-line jumper put the Canners on the board and down 10-2.
The Canners then went on a mini-run of their own, scoring the next seven points to cut the lead to 10-7 before Soukaina Tracy responded by hitting a jumper with just under four minutes to play in the half.
Hanover's fullcourt pressure forced the Canners into 10 first-half turnovers which resulted in easy baskets for Hawkettes.
"Every time we got a rebound, they wanted to flood up," Garman said. "We were able to push the ball up and throw over the top of them. With a (tall) girl like Soukaina, you can go over the top. I actually think we could have had a few more transition buckets, but we missed quite a few."
Biglerville (12-6, 6-6 YAIAA IV) cut the lead to three in the third quarter, but Hanover responded on a great drive from Cleary that resulted in a layup, and then an easy basket by Mackenzie Naill on an inbound play caught the Canners with their guard down.
Biglerville mounted another comeback in the fourth quarter, cutting the Hanover lead to one after two free throws by Rebecca Isaac.
Hanover responded again on a great transition basket from Renee Drawbaugh to Shelby Barnes, who scored an uncontested layup. Barnes then sank two free throws to extend the Hawkette lead to 32-27.
Hanover dominated the boards, out-rebounding Biglerville 38-22. Despite a sub-par shooting performance, Tracy led the Hawkettes with 14 rebounds.
"I have always told (Tracy) that when you aren't shooting well, you have to do everything else better," Garman said. "I think the most important part of her game is rebounding. We play great defense and, teams miss, we need to make sure we get that rebound."
"I just tell myself to try and keep my head up," Tracy added. "Even though my shots aren't falling, I need to get steals, rebounds and play good. Tonight, the rebounding just came down to heart."
The second-leading rebounder Tuesday night for Hanover was the 5-foot-1 Cleary, who at times pulled down rebounds over two Canners.
"She is the second-leading rebounder on our team," Garman said. "That is heart and guts. I have coached a lot of guys' and girls' basketball, and I have never seen anyone outwork her. It goes unnoticed every night because she does this every single night. She is a true leader by example and it shows and she is 5-foot-1."
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Moore 1 1-2 4, Wenk 3 0-0 6, Camara 3 3-4 10, Baugher 0 0-1 0, Isaac 3 5-8 11. Totals 10 9-15 31.
Barnes 4 1-2 9, Drawbaugh 2 4-6 8, Silver 2 1-2 5, Naill 1 0-0 2, Cleary 3 1-2 7, Bowersox 1 0-0 2, Tracy 1 3-6 5. Totals 14 10-18 38.
Biglerville 0 9 14 8 -- 31
Hanover8 6 14 10 -- 38
3-point goals -- Biglerville 2 (Moore, Camara).
JV score -- Hanover 32, Biglerville 24.