Basketball

G-A rdp 2/4: Blue Devils pull off sweep of Rockets

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Greencastle-Antrim 42, James Buchanan 21: The Blue Devils owned the middle two quarters and routed James Buchanan in a Mid Penn Colonial game Tuesday night.

Lauren Pool

Lauren Pool

The score was tied 7-7 after one but McKenna Rakaczewski nailed a pair of 3-pointers to help G-A (13-7, 8-4 MPC) to a nine-point halftime advantage.

In the third period, Greencastle popped in four more threes to outscore JB (9-13, 5-7 MPC) 18-4 and push the lead to 23 points. G-A made 8 treys in the game.

Lauren Pool had a big game for the Blue Devils, scoring 10 points and hauling down 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Rakaczewski ended up with 12 points and 5 steals, Sayge Wilhide had 9 points and 3 assists and Mia Libby contributed 9 points and 5 steals.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Greencastle-Antrim 55, James Buchanan 51: The Blue Devils snapped a nine-game losing streak by handing the rival Rockets a four-point Mid Penn Colonial defeat Tuesday night.

Zach Cole

Zach Cole

The win avenged an earlier 66-60 loss to JB (11-11, 4-8 MPC) and hurt the Rockets’ playoff chances. James Buchanan is ranked No. 11 in Class 4A and only the top 10 teams qualify for the District 3 tournament.

Greencastle (3-17, 2-10 MPC) trailed 34-25 by halftime, and JB had taken 11 free throws and sank 9 of them. But over the last two quarters, the Rockets did not go to the foul line once.

“The kids really played a great second half,” G-A coach Rick Lewis said. “They hung in there despite a lot of adversity in the first half. We were down nine at the half and were in major foul trouble, but the guys really played smart and tough.”

Zach Cole was a handful inside for Greencastle — he scored a career-high 21 points. Adam Root scored 12 points and J.T. English chipped in 9.

For the Rockets, Justin Hissong knocked down 17 points, Syrus Maldonado scored 11 and Caden Stoner added 10.

Lewis said, “We have played a lot of close games this year and I’m very proud of our growth.”

Greencastle 55, James Buchanan 51
JAMES BUCHANAN
Caden Stoner 4 0-0 10, Syrus Maldonado 4 2-3 11, Justin Hissong 4 6-6 17, Rylan Good 0 0-0 0, Jakob Piper 2 1-2 5, Donnie Carrington 2 0-0 4, Colton Hartman 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 9-11 51.
GREENCASTLE
Bobby Emberson 1 0-0 2, Adam Murr 0 2-2 2, J.T. English 2 4-5 9, Riley Gembe 3 0-0 6, Thomas Lewis 1 0-0 3, Adam Root 5 1-2 12, Zach Cole 9 3-5 21, Jackson Wright 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 10-14 55.
James Buchanan          17   17   11     6   —   51  
Greencastle                   15   10   12   16   —   55
3-point shots — JB 6 (Hissong 3, Stoner 2, Maldonado); GA 3 (English, Lewis, Root).