Defending tourney champs move on
Greencastle 47, Chambersburg 42: The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils staved off a late comeback by Chambersburg to open the season with a victory in the first round of the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament on Friday at Waynesboro.
The Lady Trojans struggled out of the gate, scoring only two points in the first quarter, after trailing 12-0. Chambersburg picked up careless fouls and turned the ball over multiple times, leading to easy baskets for Greencastle. While the Trojans failed to put points on the board, the Blue Devils tallied 14 behind Jenay Faulkner.
Faulkner, who joined the 1,000-point club early last season, picked up where she left off and started the game on fire. She hit multiple 3-pointers on her way to 11 first-quarter points and hit a buzzer-beater three to end the second quarter to halt a small Chambersburg run. She finished with 20 points.
With starting point guard Hannah Crist having graduated, Faulkner has taken over the play calling and brought the ball up the court throughout the game.
“I’ve got a freshman point guard that’s learning how to play and once we get comfortable with her on the court we’ll move Jenay to some other areas,” Greencastle coach Mike Rhine said, “But we’ll always have that option if we need it."
Faulkner said, “We have a whole different team this year so I was ready to take on any new roles I had to play. I always want to help my teammates score so the other team doesn’t focus on just me.”
By Noah Shatzer
Waynesboro 56, James Buchanan 33: It’s a new year for the Waynesboro Maidens basketball team, and, at home for the Franklin Country Tip-Off Tournament, the optimism showed as they beat James Buchanan 56-33. The Maidens will play Greencastle-Antrim on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for the championship.
Coming off a seven-win season, Waynesboro got off to a good early start. Despite the Rockets holding last year's leading Maiden scorer, Cat Weber, scoreless in the first half, 'Boro went to the locker room at halftime up 31-16. Chelsea Cover carried the load in the first half, hitting three 3-pointers for 11 points; she finished the game with 17 on five threes.
Defense was a major factor for Waynesboro, holding JB to 33 points and allowing no Rocket player to score in double figures.
Maiden coach Allison Steiger said, “We wanted to shut down their girls and keep them out of the paint, which we did a good job of, especially in the first half. They are a scrappy team and at times in the second half we got out-scrapped, but overall it was a good first game.”
In the second half, Weber got going on a putback basket to break the ice and carried the Maidens offensively the rest of the way, finishing with 13 points.
“After I got that first basket, things opened up a little bit and I was able to score well the rest of the way," Weber said. "The scoring was very balanced as a team. I’m very excited for tomorrow's game.”
Sophomore Maggie Strawoet led the way in scoring for James Buchanan with eight points.
By Kevin Reiber
Chambersburg 45, Greencastle 31: After a somewhat sluggish start for both teams, Chambersburg's boys basketball squad took off in the third quarter to claim a victory over Greencastle-Antrim in the first round.
Through the first two quarters, the Trojans (1-0) managed just six field goals. In the third frame, they went 8-for-17 from the field. ByShawn Mincie and Joel Torres both scored six points in the third quarter, and Cade Whitfield added four.
"I think nerves played a big part in it," Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. "Both teams started off a little slow, and I thought (Greencastle) did a nice job of getting back in transition and matching up well."
Like Chambersburg, the Blue Devils (0-1) had shooting woes, finishing just 10-for-44 (22.7%) from the field. Perimeter shooting was G-A's best chance. It scored seven 3-pointers, including three from Ian Gelsinger. Casey Hoover matched Gelsinger's team-high nine points.
"We didn't shoot the ball very well tonight at all, and part of that is credit to Chambersburg," Greencastle coach Rick Lewis said. "We got into a little bit of foul trouble, and we were playing uphill. We seemed to have to work really hard to get any kind of momentum going, but I think that's more a credit to Chambersburg."
Waynesboro 58, James Buchanan 34: Although Waynesboro led by only nine points after the first quarter, it was pretty clear the Indians were going to out-last James Buchanan.
Waynesboro blasted out to an 11-4 lead, and every time the Rockets got within one possession, the Indians (1-0) went on a small run to extend the lead once more.
JB (0-1) didn't help itself, finishing the game with 18 turnovers and coming up short on the boards, 36-29.
"Of the deficit (at halftime), 25 of their points were either scored on second-chance buckets or turnovers," Rocket coach Larry Strawoet said. "We have get some heart and desire and go in there and mix it up."
Evan Hine led Waynesboro with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Cameron Keck added 13 points. Eleven different players scored at least two points.
"Cameron, Kyle (Hoffman), and Mitch (Neterer) are going to get a lot of attention because last year we were so focused on them having to do well for us to have a chance to win," 'Boro coach Tom Hoffman said. "This year, it feels like we have some more pieces. Those guys are still a huge part of what we do, but if teams try to focus too much on them, there are other guys that can score."