According to Spring Grove's girls' basketball head coach Gerry Rohrbaugh, someone told him during the offseason that the Rockets "would be lucky to win two games this season."
When they beat the Camp Hill Lions, 45-37, on Tuesday evening at Spring Grove High School, they rounded out their season with their 10th win.
"They overachieved," Rohrbaugh said. "They are proud of themselves. We all came together as a team and played together until the end."
Though Tuesday's game didn't count toward the District 3 power rankings, it had a little extra importance for both teams, with Camp Hill going to the district playoffs and Spring Grove trying to finish the season on a strong note.
"It's nice after two tough losses to finish with a win against a good competitive double-A school," Rohrbaugh said, while also noting the positive feeling his young team could carry into the offseason. Spring Grove's roster contained just three seniors this year.
"We were competitive in all the games, and that's good for them to get that experience," Rohbaugh said.
Meanwhile, for Camp Hill head coach Mark Clark, the game gave him a look at some things to work on, as well as allowed his team to get on the court in the midst of a long layoff before its playoff opener on Saturday, Feb. 23, against Annville-Cleona.
"We are going to go back to basics," Clark said. "Way too many turnovers. That has plagued us down the stretch, and we have to be tighter with the ball."
"We hadn't played in nine or 10 days," Clark added.
The Rockets, who never trailed, were led by a near double-double performance from leading scorer Morgan Arden.
The junior tallied 20 points and nine steals, with 12 of her points coming in the second half. Arden finished the season with 494 points.
"She struggled a little bit tonight," Rohrbaugh said, "but the other girls did a nice job of picking her up."
After a first quarter which saw both teams struggle to find the range from the floor, the pace picked up in the second stanza.
Arden and Erika Gregory, who came off the bench, scored six points each in the quarter to offset nine points tallied by Camp Hill's Addie Guyer.
The Rockets led 25-19 at the half, then battled to maintain the 6-point lead going into the final quarter.
Camp Hill's Amanda Zyroll hit a jump shot off a pass from Kierra Mitchell 12 seconds into the fourth to make it 35-31. Mitchell scored 10 points and hauled in 19 rebounds while adding three blocked shots for the Lions.
Spring Grove stole the momentum right back when Morgan Hagerman took a corner handoff from Ashley Madison and drilled a 3-pointer to push the lead up to seven. Madison dished out a game-high six assists.
About a half-minute later, Guyer broke an aggressive backcourt trap by Spring Grove, dribbled into the frontcourt and found Kelsey Collingsworth under the hoop for a bucket, making it 38-33.
The Lions would get no closer, as they scored just four points over the game's final 6:30.
Guyer led Camp Hill with 16 points, while Spring Grove's Brooke Osborne chipped in six points, four blocks and four steals.
CAMP HILL (37)
Newman 0 0-0 0, Kierra Mitchell 3 4-9 10, Zyroll 2 0-0 4, Addie Guyer 5 5-6 16, Springer 2 0-2 4, Collingsworth 1 0-0 2, Herr 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 10-19 37+.
SPRING GROVE (45)
Madison 0 3-8 3, Markle 0 0-0 0, Hagerman 2 0-0 6, Good 0 0-0 0, Osborne 3 0-0 6, Morgan Arden 8 4-6 20, Andrade 1 0-0 2, Gregory 3 2-2 8 Kovacevic 0 0-0 0, Bentley 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-16 45.
Camp Hill 6 13 10 8 -- 37
Spring Grove 8 17 10 10 -- 45
3-point goals -- Camp Hill 1 (Guyer); Spring Grove 2 (Hagerman 2).
JV score -- Spring Grove 36, Camp Hill 26.