Low scores abound in Dunks for Drew basketball
The top 10 plays from the 10th annual Dunks for Drew basketball showcase. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
The 10th annual Dunks for Drew basketball showcase took place at CASHS Field House on Saturday, and all four games were relatively low-scoring games. Here are recaps of the games:
Mechanicsburg 35, Greencastle-Antrim 34: The Blue Devils made a big comeback to take a fourth-quarter lead, but the Wildcats pulled it out at the end.
Mechanicsburg (6-8) broke on top, 9-0, and still held a 21-16 lead at halftime. But Greencastle (10-2) gradually fought back and took a 32-31 lead when Lydia Crist scored on a layup with 3:03 remaining.
The Wildcats' Rylee Everett then sank three free throws after being fouled while attempting a 3-pointer, and Abby Strong later made 1 of 2 foul shots for a 35-32 lead.
The Blue Devils had chances to rally again, because Mechanicsburg missed the front end of three straight 1-on-1's, but several turnovers derailed them. Jenay Faulkner made a putback at the buzzer after missing two free throws to set the final score.
Faulkner had 12 points for G-A, and Crist finished with eight. Rachel Deveney led the Wildcats with eight points.
Greencastle coach Mike Rhine said, "We looked good. People were moving, and we were moving the ball OK. We just didn’t make anything, and the difference in our competition level really showed. They’re used to playing this type of game every game; they’re very physical with a fast style. It was perfect for us – win or lose, as long as we didn’t get hurt and we competed well, I’d be happy. It was a good mid-season test, and we lost this one by one."
Shippensburg 38, Chambersburg 27: The Trojans also took a 9-0 lead, but couldn't finish. The Lady Hounds did, outscoring Chambersburg 14-4 in the final quarter, helped by a press that disrupted their opponent.
"We weren't good offensively, but we didn't play bad defense," Trojan coach Barry Purvis said. "But our offense really did nothing after the first quarter."
Liz Logan scored six of her 10 points in the fourth period, and Ship (6-7) connected on 8 of 15 free throws. Mariah Martin added eight for the winners.
For the game, the Lady Hounds were 13-for-23 on foul shots, while the Trojans took only one shot at the line.
Chambersburg (3-11) got eight points each from Gabby Lecuona and Taylor Vrabel.
Shippensburg coach Andrew Markel said, "Chambersburg is used to playing a brutal schedule, so when they play a team like us, they probably think, 'Thank goodness we have the night off.' But I'd bet they didn't expect to be pressed the entire game."
Mechanicsburg 47, Greencastle-Antrim 31: The Wildcats stretched a 31-24 lead after three quarters with a 16-8 margin in the final period and never let the Blue Devils back into the game.
Cade Alioth, at 6-foot-6, played up to his advance notice, scoring 19 points for Mechanicsburg (11-3), and he was backed up by Shane Homick (11) and Kyle Scheib (10). Only four players scored for the Wildcats.
For the Blue Devils, Bryan Gembe scored 13 points, but nobody else had more than six against a strong man-to-man defense.
G-A had three starters - Brandon Stuhler, Casey Hoover and Ben Freeman - in foul trouble and Stuhler eventually fouled out. Mechanicsburg made only 5 of 14 free throws, but the Devils went to the line just two times.
"Brandon has played spectacularly for us this year and Casey has been really solid, so losing them early really hurt us," Blue Devil coach Rick Lewis said.
Greencastle is now 8-5, including 2-5 against a strong non-league schedule.
Chambersburg 52, Shippensburg 39: The Trojans won for the fourth time in their last five games on the strength of a decisive second quarter in which they outscored Ship 14-4 to break a 12-12 tie.
Cole Christian led Chambersburg (9-5) with 15 points, Cade Brindle added nine and Jacob Brouse scored eight.
For the Greyhounds (9-4), Cody Gustafson led with 16 points and Carter Van Scyoc added 10.
During the second period, Christian and Cade Whitefield each had four points, while Seth Brouse, Jacob Brouse and ByShawn Mincie each had one basket.
Trojan coach Shawn Shreffler said, "Like the old Boston Celtics did, the guys were really good and when they went to the bench, they got better. I really feel that way about us. Last night, the bench gave us tremendous energy and boost, and tonight, early on, the game was a little sluggish.
"But, boom, we go to our bench, and I thought things picked up a little bit. To have that depth, we can maybe wear some teams down a little bit."