Even though the Gettysburg Warriors played only six girls on Friday night at Spring Grove, it took a team effort to sneak out of the gym with a 51-50 nonleague basketball win against the Rockets.
"To be honest, I feel rather fortunate to be walking out of here with a win," Gettysburg head coach Casey Thurston said, "but it does show that we can do what we need to do down the stretch to win."
One of those key performances down the stretch came from shooting guard Cami Boehner.
Boehner, Gettysburg's leading scorer at 21 points per game, scored just one point in the second half and 14 for the night, but came up with two huge defensive efforts on Spring Grove's Morgan Arden in the final 15 seconds to preserve the one-point margin.
Gettysburg's Ellen Bair hit two free throws to give the Warriors the lead with 33.8 seconds left.
Then Boehner, who played the last two minutes of the game with cramps in both calves after saving a ball and calling timeout, forced Arden into a tough missed shot with 15 seconds left.
After Bair missed the front end of a one-and-one, Boehner picked up Arden in man defense again, and took a hit high from her good friend and AAU club teammate for an offensive foul with 3.6 seconds left.
"Morgan is my best friend," Boehner said, "So I sort of know how she plays and how (Spring Grove) likes to use her. I was just trying to keep her in front of me and keep her from scoring."
Bair took the final inbound pass, and pushed the ball ahead to a determined Boehner, who weaved past a pair of defenders to dribble the clock out.
Arden had a season-high 32 points for Spring Grove, but the sledding became tougher and the shot attempts more difficult in the final quarter for the Rockets' leading scorer as Thurston gave Boehner the task of slowing Arden late in the third.
"They are personal friends from AAU," Spring Grove head coach Gerry Rohrbaugh said, "so I'm sure it's a little intimidating for both of them, but at the same time, I could see the look in their eyes and could tell that they were having fun going against one another. That's what basketball is all about. If you aren't having fun and you're moping around, what's the point?"
Gettysburg trailed 41-39 starting the fourth quarter, when Bair picked up a loose ball at halfcourt and broke in for an uncontested layup.
Bair led the Warriors with 16 points.
Twenty seconds later, Boehner hauled down a defensive rebound and found Maddie Weikert alone in the frontcourt for the go-ahead lay-up.
Boehner gobbled up another rebound on the ensuing possession and dribbled the ball to the frontcourt, finding Weikert again for a back-door layup.
Weikert tallied 13 points on the night while Boehner added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the second half.
"Tonight, Ellen had a great offensive game," Thurston said. "Cami understood that and that what we needed from her was to shut out (Arden). That's why you have teammates. We all have things that we need to do."
Arden hit a three and two free throws to give Spring Grove the lead back, 46-45. She had all nine of Spring Grove's fourth-quarter points.
Bair answered with a quick layup, and then she assisted on another layup for Weikert, making it 49-46 in favor of the Warriors.
Arden hit 2-of-4 free throws and a layup to give Spring Grove the lead with 54.4 seconds left, and then Bair was fouled driving the lane at the other end, setting up the finish.
Cami Boehner 5 1-2 14, Wood 1 0-0 2, Weikert 6 0-0 13, Felton 3 0-0 6, Ellen Bair 5 3-5 16, Camel 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 4-7 51.
SPRING GROVE (50)
Madison 1 0-0 2, Markle 0 4-4 4, Osborne 4 0-0 8, Morgan Arden 12 6-9 32, Andrade 1 0-0 2, Gregory 1 0-2 2, Hagerman 0 0-0 0, Bentley 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 10-15 50.
Gettysburg 8 15 16 12 -- 51
Spring Grove 14 12 15 9 -- 50
3-point goals -- Gettysburg 7 (Bair 3, Boehner 3, Weikert); Spring Grove 2 (Arden 2).
JV score -- Spring Grove, 36-30.