Strong defense by Trojan girls secures win over Herd

CHAMBERSBURG — The Chambersburg girls basketball team showed some resiliency Wednesday night, and that was a big factor in a victory over Carlisle.

Kylee Miller

The Trojans repelled several comeback attempts by the Thundering Herd and used a ball-hawking defense to capture a 49-42 Mid Penn Commonwealth win at CASHS Field House.

“That’s a character we need to instill in this program,” Chambersburg coach Justin English said. “You know in these games there will be ebbs and flows and peaks and valleys, and when you’re in one of those valleys, you have to be able to fight your way out.”

Carlisle (2-2, 2-2 MPC) trailed 14-7 in the first quarter, but got it back to within two in the second period, until the Trojans got a bucket from Kylee Miller and another from Joelle Rheam on back-to-back possessions.

The Herd rallied to tie the game at halftime, then went ahead for the final time, 25-23, on a drive by Rachel Bell (14 points) early in the third quarter. Chambersburg (2-4, 2-3 MPC) then finished the period on a 14-3 tear, which included 7 of Robyn Stepler’s 8 points, to lead 37-28 heading into the final quarter.

“Robyn has struggled offensively lately, so it was nice to see her break out,” English said.

Early in the fourth, a jump shot by Riley Barnhart brought Carlisle to within one possession at 39-36. But Kiki Walker made the front end of a 1-and-1, followed by a killer 3-pointer and a drive down the lane to put the Trojans ahead 45-36, and they protected the lead from there.

Walker went off for 20 points, which included five 3-pointers — four in the first half.

While Chambersburg could have made it easier on itself by doing better at the foul line (7-for-21, including a 2-for-12 start) and by making several short shots around the rim, the Trojans probably won the game with its defense. After starting in a 2-3 zone, English switched to a man-to-man defense and it worked much better.

“They hit some shots early (against the zone), so we went man, and it was really good tonight,” English said. “Erin (Pattillo) was awesome and really gave us a spark, and everybody else did what they needed to do.”

Pattillo had a pair of coast-to-coast steals at key times, swiped numerous other passes thanks to her quickness and held Bell in check for most of the game. Miller added three blocked shots and quite a few rebounds.

English said, “We really wanted to stress defensive intensity tonight. We had Miller in there because we wanted that size. She’s a natural shot blocker and played really well. And I thought we won the rebounding battle.”

NOTES: Chambersburg had only 12 turnovers, while causing 18 for the Herd … Also for Carlisle, Ryleigh Poole had 9 points and Barnhart 8 … The Trojans were 3-for-15 from the floor in both the second and fourth quarters, but shot 37% (19-52) for the game.

Chambersburg 49, Carlisle 42
Julianna Askins 3 0-0 7, Rachel Bell 5 3-3 14, Yasmine Abu-Aiadeh 0 0-0 0, Desiree White 2 0-0 4, Noelle Cabiness 0 0-0 0, Maliya Kellam 0 0-2 0, Ryleigh Poole 3 0-0 9, Kiley Barnhart 2 3-4 8. Totals 15 6-7 42.
Madi Flythe 0 0-0 0, Erin Pattillo 3 0-4 6, Robyn Stepler 3 1-4 8, Kiki Walker 6 3-4 20, Marlee Wrights 2 1-3 5, Ahsia Thomas 2 1-4 5, Kylee Miller 1 0-0 2, Rosalynn Diehl 1 1-2 3, Sydni Byers 0 0-0 0, Joelle Rheam 1 0-0 2, Allie List 0 0-0 0, Katie Parker 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 7-21 49.
Carlisle                        10   11    7   14   —   42
Chambersburg          14     7   16   12   —   49
3-point shots — Car 6 (Poole 3, Bell 2, Barnhart); Chbg 6 (Walker 5, Stepler).

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