Shippensburg girls prevail over Greencastle

SHIPPENSBURG – In a battle of unbeaten Mid Penn Colonial girls basketball teams, Shippensburg came out on top Friday night, winning by a score of 46-36 over Greencastle-Antrim.

Mia Libby

Mia Libby

The Greyhounds opened up the game on a 7-0 run and never looked back. Shippensburg went into the half with a 15-point lead.

The Blue Devils (5-2, 3-1 MPC) had 15 points at the half, and 9 of those were contributed by sixth man Mia Libby.

“Libby’s really terrific,” Greencastle coach Mike Rhine said. “I’m obviously excited about what she’s going to do in the future.”

With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, it appeared as though Shippensburg (5-2, 4-0 MPC) had the game secured, leading 41-27. However, G-A strung together a 9-0 run to pull within five.

“We hadn’t scored the ball like we can. We missed too many shots in the beginning, and I told them to just relax and be ourselves,” Rhine said. “Just convert and get a stop.”

After a Shippensburg timeout at 43-36, the Greyhounds put all thoughts of a possible comeback at bay with two clutch free throws by Tori Rumbaugh and some big rebounds by Chelcie Forrester.

Shippensburg coach Andrew Markel was impressed with Forrester’s performance.

“Forrester played through foul trouble, and got a lot of big buckets in the second half,” Markel said. “She got a lot of great rebounds, a lot of tough rebounds, and I thought she stepped up.”

Rumbaugh led Shippensburg with 15 points, and Forrester added 11. Libby paced Greencastle with 17 points, and McKenna Rakaczewski contributed 12.

“Rumbaugh is our fearless leader, out there on defense,” Markel said. “She still played her heart out, even though shots weren’t going down.”

The defensive efforts of both teams was also displayed in the game. The Blue Devils held Shippensburg to only 46 points, which is 16 points below its average. In two of the Greyhounds’ games thus far, the team has hit 80 points.

In turn, Shippensburg held Blue Devil sharpshooters Rakaczewski to only 12 points, and kept Sayge Wilhide scoreless.

“Both teams kind of pride themselves on defense in my opinion, so I knew it was going to be a battle,” Markel said. “The two times we played them last year, Rakaczewski kind of killed us. We also didn’t want Wilhide shooting anything wide open. I wanted everyone else to beat us.”

“Our team played amazing defense; we just couldn’t get all the buckets in the hole today,” Libby said.

Greencastle will return to the court in 2020 when they take on South Western on Jan. 2. Shippensburg will play Colonial foe James Buchanan on Jan. 3.

Shippensburg 46, Greencastle 36
Remy Staver 0 0-0 0, Emelie Nonemaker 1 0-2 3, Chelcie Forrester 4 3-6 11, Elke Staver 4 0-3 9, Tori Rumbaugh 7 2-2 15, Aspyn Keetch 1 0-1 3, Alyssa Nori 1 1-2 3. Totals 18 6-16 46.
Ashley Noblit 1 1-2 3, McKenna Rakaczewski 4 3-4 12, Jenna Powell 0 1-3 1, Sydney Barnes 0 0-0 0, Mia Libby 5 6-6 17, Sayge Wilhide 0 0-2 0, Olivia Winslow 1 0-0 2, Lauren Pool 0 1-2 1. Totals 11 12-19 36.
Shippensburg   14   16    8    8   — 46
Greencastle        6     9    12   9   — 36
3 point shots: Ship 4 (Nonemaker, E.Staver, Rumbaugh, Keetch); GA 2 (Rakaczewski, Libby).
Fouled out: GA: Libby, Lauren Pool.
JV: Shippensburg 40, Greencastle 14. Julia Herrmann and Rylee Henson scored four points each for the Blue Devils.