H.S. Notebook: Greencastle girls love 3-pointers
The Greencastle-Antrim girls basketball team is by far and away the most prolific 3-point shooting team in the area, if not the district.
In 20 games thus far, the Blue Devils have connected on 173 shots from downtown, an average of 8.65 per game.
On Tuesday, Greencastle hit its zenith, making 16 of 39 shots from behind the arc, which has to be an unofficial area record for 3-pointers made. We have heard of one Philadelphia-area team, Academy Park, that made 18 in a game.
Jenay Faulkner is the ringleader for G-A, with 72 3-pointers made, or 3.6 per game. But she's gotten plenty of help from Hannah Crist, who has dropped in 52 (2.6 per game).
Wrestling gap: The five area PIAA wrestling teams, with one exception, are now off until the Section I Class AAA Tournament at Mechanicsburg on Feb. 20.
The one team that still has a competition left is Waynesboro, which will compete in the Red Lion Tournament on Feb. 13.
After the sectionals, the District 3-AAA Tournament is Feb. 26-27 at Hersheypark Arena, and the PIAA Championships are March 10-12 at Giant Center.
Giving at both ends of the court: When Southern Fulton hosted McConnellsburg last Friday night, tough defense was the name of the game. The players know each other so well that it's hard to fool anyone.
Interestingly, the players considered to be each team's best - SF's Dylan Gordon and the Spartans' Chase Novak - guarded each other. So not only were they expected to carry a load on offense, but they had to be at the top of their game on defense.
Gordon's team got the best of McConnellsburg, 47-36, and Gordon was able to score 16 points to 10 for Novak. Gordon had nine of his points in the final quarter.
Spartan coach Dane Pollock said, "When Gordon guards your best player, it's going to be tough for that player. It takes you out of your offense."
"Gordon and Novak are both great players and they make each other work harder," Indians coach Kent Hendershot said.
Bumper crop of 1,000-point scorers: Really, folks, it is not that easy to reach 1,000 points in a high school basketball career. But you'd never know that based on the results for the 2015-16 season.
We've already had five players hit that milestone - Hannah Crist and Jenay Faulkner of Greencastle-Antrim girls basketball, Mikell McGee of Fannett-Metal boys, and Southern Fulton's Dylan Gordon (boys) and Olivia Mottern (girls).
Two more are getting close - Shalom Christian's duo of Lydia Harris (944) and Jonah Stains (905), and that was before Thursday's games.
The most noteworthy thing is that of that group of seven players, only two - Crist and Harris - are seniors. Having five juniors hit the mark is pretty remarkable. And it's even more amazing considering that McConnellsburg's Bronwyne Mellott reached 1,000 last year as a sophomore.