Gettysburg amassed 17 assists on its 23 field goals as the Warriors defeated Big Spring, 57-46, in a Mid-Penn Colonial Division play-in game Friday night at Gene Evans Gymnasium in Carlisle.
The win earns Gettysburg the division's spot in the Mid-Penn tournament for the third consecutive season, and the Warriors will look to defend the championship they brought home a year ago.
They will face Mid-Penn Commonwealth titlist Cumberland Valley (18-4) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday at East Pennsboro High School, Enola.
"It's a big deal that we're (representing) our division in the Mid-Penn tournament," Gettysburg head coach Casey Thurston said. "It's a chance to showcase what we have as a division winner."
The unselfish play of the Warriors on Friday was spearheadedby senior point guard Ellen Bair, who handed out 10 assists to go with eight rebounds and four points.
"By sharing the ball well, we got a lot of wide open looks and everybody knocked them down," Bair said. "Our scoring was spread out and everybody contributed on offense and defense. That makes it a lot of fun out there."
Bair got things going early for the Warriors as she had a hand in all seven of their first-quarter hoops. She scored once and distributed six assists to four different players as Gettysburg was in front after the opening frame, 17-10.
Gettysburg (18-4) opened the second quarter with a 16-2 run and assumed a 33-12 lead when Cami Boehner hit a pair of free throws with 2:25 left in the opening half.
That gave the junior sharpshooter 13 points on her way to a game-high 23 and she contributed five assists and four boards.
Big Spring (15-8) was able to shut the Warriors down for the rest of the half and trailed 33-17 at intermission.
"Our game plan was to get it inside and we did that early, but we didn't finish some of our chances," Big Spring head coach Randy Jones said. "They've went man-to-man defensively the last two times we've played and tried to make us go faster than we want to go. That worked well for them, as we haven't handled it well."
Quality play early in the second half allowed Gettysburg to swell its lead to 39-18 before the Bulldogs closed the third quarteron a 10-2 spurt to cut the deficit to 41-28 going to the final stanza.
Any chance of Big Spring's comeback was halted when Gettysburg received back-to-back trifectas from Boehner and hoops from Arianna Camel and Caitlin Wood to complete a 10-1 run to start the quarter. That pushed the lead to 51-29 with 4:39 to go.
Wood joined Boehner in double figures with a season high-tying 10 points, while Camel had eight points and 10 boards.
"We've switched up our offense and the kids were finally comfortable with it," Thurston said. "We basically got whatever we wanted in the first half."
Dalida Camdzic paced Big Spring with 12 points and 18 rebounds, though she struggled shooting, going 6-of-23, and saw five ofher attempts blocked.
As a team, Gettysburg limited Big Spring to 15-of-58 (26 percent) shooting and blocked eight Lady Bulldog shots. Four of the rejections came from Maddie Weikert, who also scored eight points.