During Gettysburg High's first two years as a member of the Mid-Penn Colonial Division, the Lady Warriors ran the table in each season.
They began this season by winning their first four division contests to run their winning streak to 28 straight.
That winning streak came to a halt when Boiling Springs knocked them off on Dec. 21. A second divison loss to Big Spring followed on Jan. 4.
After avenging the loss to Big Spring on Tuesday, the Lady Warriors took down the Lady Bubblers, 50-40, at home on Saturday evening.
"It was a wake up call the first time we lost to Boiling Springs," Gettysburg head coach Casey Thurston said. "It brought the girls closer as a group and made them realize that a division title was not going to be handed to them, that they would have to go out and earn it."
The win meant Gettysburg earns a share of the division crown with Big Spring and sets up a playoff game between the schools to determine which will represent the division in the Mid-Penn Conference tournament, won by Gettysburg a year ago. The playoff game will be held this week at a site and time to be announced.
Gettysburg senior Ellen Bair, who missed the first matchup with Boiling Springs due to injury, had her fingerprints all over Saturday's win. She scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out seven assists.
"It definitely was tough to watch my teammates lose to those guys last time," Bair said. "I wanted to do what I could to make sure that we won tonight."
Early on Saturday evening, Bair brought scoring for her squad as she scored Gettysburg's first hoop of the game, then drilled a pair of trifectas in the second quarter on back-to-back possessions. The second one gave the Lady Warriors a 17-11 edge with 5:12 to go until halftime.
Gettysburg (16-4, 10-2 Mid-Penn Colonial) took a 26-18 lead to the locker room despite leading scorer Cami Boehner being limited to four points in the first half on 2-of-9 shooting.
Boehner sprang to life in the third quarter as she buried consecutive 3-pointers to open the second-half scoring and knocked down all three free throws when fouled attempting a triple later in the frame. For the quarter, Boehner scored nine points on her way to a game-high 18 and Gettysburg led 39-26 going into the final stanza.
Boiling Springs (13-7, 8-4), which was eliminated from contention for the division title with a loss to Shippensburg on Friday, cut the Lady Warriors' advantage to 43-33 with 4:19 left, but would get no closer.
"I thought we coasted at times tonight, and I don't like to see that late in the season," Thurston said. "We can't afford to do that in the playoffs. If you build a lead, you have to put a team away. If not, teams will come back and beat you."
In the boys' half of the doubleheader, Boiling Springs denied Gettysburg a chance to finish its division slate undefeated by defeating the Warriors, 53-45.
Boiling Springs (14-6, 8-4) showed no fear against a Warrior squad that had clinched the division title on Tuesday.
The Bubblers led 10-6 after one quarter and, after falling behind 11-10, took the lead for good on Andrew Keller's 3-pointer with 5:03 left in the second quarter.
Gettysburg (16-6, 11-1) trailed 17-15 at halftime before Cody Kiefer tied the game to start the second half.
Matt Gelber had the answer for the Bubblers, and they led 32-26 after three quarters.
Boiling Springs stretched the lead to 41-30 midway through the fourth quarter before Gettysburg made a late push to cut the deficit to 43-38 with 2:22 to play.
Solid free throw shooting allowed the Bubblers to close it out.
"You cannot defeat good basketball teams if you cannot pass the ball cleanly," Gettysburg head coach Jeff Bair said. "and you can not beat good teams if you let them drive into the lane without helping defensively."
Kiefer finished the night with a career-high 28 points to move past Jim Brooks into seventh on the school's all-time scoring list.
"I have to take my hat off to Cody Kiefer. He's a great player," Boiling Springs head coach Pat Dieter said. "We played an extended 2-3 zone because we didn't want to leave them open and did a good job of covering their shooters, something we didn't do when we faced them the first time this year."
The Warriors' next game will be in the semifinals of the Mid-Penn tournament when they take on Mid-Penn Commonwealth champion Harrisburg (20-1) on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at a time and site to be announced.
BOILING SPRINGS (40)
Piccolo 1 2-2 4, Cecile Crowley 4 2-3 12, Spisak 2 0-0 4, Read 1 0-0 3, Snyder 3 2-2 8, Hostetter 0 0-0 0, Bobb 2 0-0 4, Ilgenfritz 0 0-0 0, Malinish 2 0-1 5. Totals 15 6-8 40.
Camden Boehner 4 8-9 18, Whiteman 1 0-0 2, Wood 0 0-0 0, Rothermel 0 0-0 0, Camel 2 0-0 4, Maddie Weikert 4 1-2 10, Felton 2 0-0 4, Ellen Bair 4 2-4 12. Totals 17 11-15 50.
Boiling Springs 9 9 8 14 -- 40
Gettysburg 10 16 13 11 -- 50
3-point goals -- Boiling Springs 4 (Crowley 2, Read, Malinish); Gettysburg 5 (Boehner 2, Bair 2, Weikert).
JV score -- Boiling Springs, 44-32.
BOILING SPRINGS (53)
Lithgow 1 1-4 4, S. Gelber 1 0-0 2, Matt Gelber 5 2-3 13, Keller 1 0-0 3, Wise 0 0-0 0, Pittenger 0 8-10 8, B.J. McHenry 3 4-6 13, Eric Contreras 3 4-4 10. Totals 14 19-27 53.
Kroll 0 4-6 4, Bortner 2 0-0 6, Colbert 1 1-2 3, Re 0 0-0 0, Cody Kiefer 11 5-5 28, Jo. Nye 0 0-0 0, T. Lampe 2 0-0 4, Pederson 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 10-13 45.
Boiling Springs 10 7 15 21 -- 53
Gettysburg 6 9 11 19 -- 45
3-point goals -- Boiling Springs 6 (McHenry 3, Lithgow, M. Gelber, Keller); Gettysburg 3 (Bortner 2, Kiefer).
JV score -- Gettysburg, 44-39.