MERCERSBURG — Greencastle-Antrim picked the perfect time to put together its best run of the game.
Chambersburg had just taken its first lead of the back-and-forth game since the second quarter on four straight points by Erin Pattillo.
But the Blue Devils reeled off the next nine points and captured an entertaining 51-46 victory in the first round of the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament on Friday afternoon at James Buchanan.
G-A will face JB in the championship Saturday at 6, while the Trojans will take on Waynesboro in the consolation game at 3. The Rockets beat the Maidens 69-25.
Pattillo converted a layup on a nice pass from Madi Flythe to give Chambersburg a 44-41 lead with less than three minutes left in the game.
But a succession of turnovers and missed shots gave Greencastle plenty of chances and the Blue Devils took advantage. Lauren Pool tied it up on a layup and foul shot, Mia Libby hit two free throws for the lead and Sayge Wilhide drained a killer 3-pointer and the Trojans couldn’t recover.
“I loved our effort and we kept after it,” Chambersburg coach Justin English said. “But we didn’t take care of the basketball at the end, and we gave up a rebound off a missed free throw that really hurt.”
Pool scored nine of her 15 points in the second half and her teammates were able to get the ball to her in key situations.
G-A coach Mike Rhine said, “Lauren does a little bit of everything for us and she had to be tired at the end.”
The Trojans’ largest lead was four (12-8) when Sydney Schmus scored the final five points of the first period, and held two other leads by a point until the fourth quarter. But the Blue Devils seemed to always have an answer.
In the first half, McKenna Rakaczewski led the way, scoring 12 of her 16 points. Pool and Wilhide (8 points) carried the load in the second half, and Pool was a handful all night on in-bounds plays. She scored several layups on them and drew fouls on several others.
“We just worked on those in-bounds plays and situations last night,” Rhine said.
But Chambersburg kept it close, never falling behind by more than six points. Sophomore Kiki Walker was mainly responsible, scoring 17 of her game-high 19 points in the latter half. She banged in a trio of 3-pointers and also drove to the basket to score.
“Kiki showed a lot of upside tonight, and hopefully we’ll have some of the other girls have nights like that,” English said.
Rhine said, “I wanted to play a zone, but (Walker) hit those threes. I was disappointed in our man-to-man defense because they spread us out, but we did play good defense at the end of the game.”
English said, “I’m happy with the effort, but we’re disappointed we couldn’t get the first win. There were some positives.”
Greencastle-Antrim 51, Chambersburg 46
McKenna Rakaczewski 5 4-7 16, Sayge Wilhide 3 0-0 8, Ashley Noblit 1 1-2 4, Lauren Pool 6 3-7 15, Olivia Winslow 1 0-0 2, Mia Libby 2 2-2 6, Jenna Powell 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 10-18 51.
Bre’ya Clopper 2 2-2 7, Sydney Schmus 4 0-0 10, Madi Flythe 2 1-3 5, Erin Pattillo 1 3-4 5, Kiki Walker 6 4-7 19, Sydni Byers 0 0-0 0, Anna Stonesifer 0 0-0 0, Katie Parker 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 10-16 46.
Greencastle 8 15 12 16 — 51
Chambersburg 12 5 16 13 — 46
3-point shots — GA 5 (Rakaczewski 2, Wilhide 2, Noblit); Chbg 6 (Walker 3, Schmus 2, Clopper). Shooting — GA 18-45 (40%); Chbg 15-52 (29%). Turnovers — GA 19; Chbg 17.