Basketball

Trojans, G-A to meet in tip-off final; Chambersburg vs. JB was a classic

Erin Patillo

Erin Pattillo’s basket for Chambersburg sent the game into overtime.

CHAMBERSBURG — The season opener for the girls basketball teams of Chambersburg and James Buchanan produced about as much drama and tension as you could imagine in a single game.

Playing in the third game of the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night at CASHS Field House, the teams put on a fast-paced show.

It took two overtimes before the Trojans overcame JB, 59-55. They will meet Greencastle-Antrim in Saturday’s final (6 p.m.); the Blue Devils handled Waynesboro 29-19 in the first game. The Rockets will face Boro in the consolation game at 3 p.m.

In the second overtime, Chambersburg took the lead early on buckets by Robyn Stepler and Marlee Wrights and a free throw by Katie Parker, then kept JB at bay.

“In that second overtime, we had five sophomores in there,” Trojan coach Barry Purvis said. “That’s a really good sign that we could pull out the win. We just hung in there and found a way.”

The Trojans led 27-20 at halftime, but the Rockets opened the third period on an 8-2 run, fueled by Cass Martin, who had three consecutive baskets on her way to 26 points.

From that point early in the third, until 32 seconds were left in regulation, neither team had more than a three-point lead and there were a total of seven ties.

Martin scored on a layup with under two minutes left to put her team up 44-42. Reilly Heinbaugh drained two free throws with 32 seconds left to make it 46-42.

Chambersburg’s Marlee Wrights scored a rebound basket to bring her team to within two with 19 seconds left and they fouled Martin right away. After a missed free throw, the Trojans needed somebody to make a play, it it turned out to be Erin Pattillo.

She drove to the hoop and banked the ball in with 8 seconds left to tie the game.

“Pattillo played hard and made things happen,” Purvis said. “She made the basket to tie it and in overtime had a real nice assist (to Parker). She’s a gamer.”

But JB still had a chance to win it.

As freshman point guard Carly Sollenberger tried to pass the ball with the clock winding down, she was fouled with 0:00.1 left on the clock.

Unfortunately for her, her two free throws were right in front of the Trojan student section, which may have been a factor in her missing them and sending the game to OT.

In the first extra period, Martin put JB in front with a drive and Wrights countered by hitting a turnaround jumper for the only points.

Martin carried the Rockets for the whole game, driving for scores and using excellent position to grab rebounds and get putbacks.

Purvis said, “We knew JB would be tough, and Martin was aggressive and played hard. We tried to stop her and we couldn’t.”

Maggie Strawoet added 11 points for JB.

For Chambersburg, Stepler led with 17 points, while Wrights and Ashley Adams each had 12. Parker stepped in when Adams fouled out with 2:47 left in regulation and had three points and some very key defensive rebounds down the stretch.

Notes: The teams combined for 69 foul shots — the Trojans made 18 of 36 and JB was 14-for-33 … The Rockets had 31 turnovers; Chambersburg had 24 … Stepler was injured in the 2nd OT; it was not known how serious it is.

Chambersburg 59, James Buchanan 55, 2 OT
JAMES BUCHANAN
Maggie Strawoet 5 0-0 11, Reilly Heinbaugh 2 2-3 6, Hannah Kimmel 1 4-8 6, Morgan Shughart 0 0-0 0, Cass Martin 11 4-6 26, Ashley Dukehart 0 0-0 0, Carly Sollenberger 0 3-10 3, McKalya Heinbaugh 1 0-2 2, Ella Jones 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Blair 0 1-4 1, Breauna Myers 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-33 55.
CHAMBERSBURG
Erin Pattillo 2 4-8 8, Robyn Stepler 4 8-10 17, Bre’ya Clopper 1 1-2 3, Madison Flythe 0 0-0 0, Sydney Schmus 1 2-6 4, Ashley Adams 5 2-3 12, Katie Parker 1 1-4 3, Sydni Byers 0 0-0 0, Marlee Wrights 6 0-2 12. Totals 20 18-36 59.
James Buchanan          14   6   14   12   2   7   —   55
Chambersburg             14   13   9   10   2   11  —  59
3-point shots — JB 1 (Strawoet); Chbg 1 (Stepler).

Greencastle-Antrim 29, Waynesboro 19: The Blue Devils outscored the Maidens 14-5 in the final quarter to pull away for a victory in the first game of the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night at CASHS Field House.

Lydia Crist led Greencastle with 13 points, including 7 in the final quarter. Crist was 8-for-10 at the free-throw line, while the rest of the G-A team was 5-for-19 at the line. McKenna Rakaczewski added 7 points.

For Waynesboro, which went 2-for-11 in foul shooting, Tatianna Badger and Leah Blount each scored 4 points.

Greencastle 29, Waynesboro 19
GREENCASTLE
Rakaczewski 2 2-8 5, Powell 0 0-0 0, Cunningham 0 0-0 0, True 0 0-0 0, Schanzanbacher 0 0-0 0, Wilhide 0 1-2 1, Winslow 2 0-0 4, Crist 2 8-10 13, Sweitzer 0 1-6 1, Pool 1 1-3 3, Avey 0 0-0 0, Yeager 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 13-29 29.
WAYNESBORO
Stoops 0 0-0 0, Badger 2 0-6 4, Blount 2 0-0 4, Steiger 1 1-1 3, Holman 1 0-0 3, Brooks 0 0-0 0, Huckle 0 0-0 0, Shewsley 0 0-0 0, Ridge 1 1-2 3, Johnson 1 0-2 2. Totals 8 2-11 19.
Greencastle            4   4   7   14   —   29
Waynesboro          5    2   7    5   —   19 
3-point shots — GA 2 (Rakaczewski, Crist), Way 1 (Holman).