Chambersburg boys reach Mid Penn championship game

Braden Byers

Braden Byers

ENOLA — After trailing for much of the time in a close game Wednesday night, Lower Dauphin tied the Mid Penn Conference boys basketball semifinal game against Chambersburg 35-35 early in the fourth quarter on a basket by Luke Hedrick.

But that’s when the Trojans ran off 10 straight points and the Falcons did not score again until there was 0:51 left.

That run enabled Chambersburg to pick up a 52-47 victory over LD at East Pennsboro and advance to the MPC championship game, which is Friday night at Milton Hershey at 7:30.

The opponent for the Trojans (19-4) will be Capital Division champ Trinity (18-3), which edged Northern York 58-56 in overtime in the other semifinal on a tip-in by Kalen Veres. The Shamrocks trailed 31-20 at halftime, but rallied to win it.

“I thought we found a way to win against a really good basketball team,” Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. “Hedrick is an extremely efficient guard and maybe the best guard we have played against all year. Our defense was really tested.”

Hedrick scored 24 points, including 11 in the fourth period, and hit four 3-pointers.

Chambersburg, which has now won 11 straight games, got a boost from Byers in the first half when he hit a pair of threes.

The bench helped out, especially in the first half when Tyler Collier picked up two fouls.

“It was  tremendous effort from all of our guys, but we received great contributions from Braden, Max (Doctor), Aaron (Maynard) and Henry (Shearer) off the bench.”

Collier came back to play a fine second half. He ended up with 13 points (11 in the second half) and six rebounds (5 in the latter half), including several key defensive boards.

Terell Williams added 10 points, Ethan Shreffler had 9 and Ty Holsopple had 5 points and 9 rebounds.

In the crucial 10-0 fourth-quarter run, Ethan Shreffler started it off with a 3-pointer from the wing, then Williams converted on a fast-break layup to make it 40-35 at 4:01.

After several empty possessions by both teams, Collier drove inside for a shot that gave the Trojans a 42-35 lead. Williams missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but Holsopple battled for the rebound and scored on a putback.

The Falcons missed at the other end and Collier was fouled on the rebound. He made one of two free throws to make the score 45-35 with a minute left.

LD (20-3) did not give up, however. In that last minute, Will Bowen (14 points) hit a three, then Hedrick made two more — the second drawing the Falcons to within 48-44 with about 20 seconds left.

But Williams made two free throws and Maynard added two more to offset a final Hedrick three just before the buzzer.

Chambersburg made 10 of 17 foul shots, but were 9-for-13 in the final quarter.

Chambersburg 52, Lower Dauphin 47
Luke Hedrick 9 2-2 24, Will Bowen 3 2-2 14, Caleb Gibbs 0 0-0 0, B.Cassel 1 0-0 2, Brian Swist 3 1-2 7, Kobe Petrovich 0 0-0 0, Tyson Hofsass 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 5-6 47.
Braden Byers 2 0-0 6, Ethan Shreffler 3 0-0 9, Seth Brouse 0 3-4 3, Aaron Maynard 0 2-2 2, Tyler Collier 5 2-5 13, Henry Shearer 0 0-0 0, Max Doctor 2 0-0 4, Ty Holsopple 2 1-3 5, Terell Williams 4 2-3 10. Totals 18 10-17 52.
Lower Dauphin    10    8   11   18   —  47
Chambersburg      11  10  11   20   —   52
3-point shots — LD 6 (Hedrick 4, Bowen 2); Chbg 6 (Shreffler 3, Byers 2, Collier).