Basketball

G-A roundup: Blue Devils fall short in 2 duels with Shippensburg

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Shippensburg 42, Greencastle-Antrim 38: It was not a good shooting night for the Blue Devils and the Lady Greyhounds took advantage of that to post a key Mid Penn Colonial win Friday night in Shippensburg. Both teams entered the game unbeaten in division play.

Haley Noblit

Greencastle (5-1, 4-1 MPC) made only 12 of 44 shots from the field (27%) and knocked down only 10 of 21 from the free throw line (48%).

A basket by Elke Staver gave Shippensburg (6-1, 5-0 MPC) an early 13-2 lead, and the Blue Devils were never able to catch up. They got to within 19-15 near the end of the half, but the Lady Hounds’ Tori Rumbaugh hit a running bank shot that beat the buzzer to make it 21-15.

A turnaround jumper in the lane by Staver put Ship ahead 29-17 — their largest lead — in the third quarter, but Greencastle rallied and trailed only 35-30 with 4:06 left in the game. A bucket by Alyssa Nori took the lead to 37-30.

Greencastle then shot six straight free throws, but made only three of them, to pull the lead back to 37-33. Then Remi Staver stuck the dagger in by drilling a 3-pointer from the corner with just over 2 minutes to play and G-A could not come back from that.

Haley Noblit led the Blue Devils with 12 points and 7 steals, while Mia Libby totaled 11 points and 3 steals. Sayge Wilhide accounted for 9 points and Lauren Pool contributed 4 points and 9 rebounds.

Zach Cole

BOYS BASKETBALL
Shippensburg 70, Greencastle-Antrim 50: The 1-2 punch of Jayden Statum and Anthony Smith was just too much for the Blue Devils to deal with and the Greyhounds pocketed a big Mid Penn Colonial victory Friday night at the GAHS gym.

Statum fired in 31 points and Smith bulled his way for 26, accounting for 81% of Shippensburg’s scoring in the game.

Greencastle (5-2, 4-2 MPC) trailed the Hounds (6-1, 6-1 MPC) by five points at halftime, but started strong in the third quarter and took a 36-34 lead with 4:30 left on a three-point play by Thomas Lewis on a drive to the basket.

However, in the final two minutes of the period, Statum took charge, scoring seven consecutive points on a pair of drives and a 3-pointer, and he put Ship ahead 50-40 by the quarter’s end. A three-point play by Isaiah Houser with 6:10 left in the game gave the Hounds a 55-42 lead.

Zach Cole scored 12 points for Greencastle and Conner Wright added 8.

G-A coach Rick Lewis said, “We played well and I’m very encouraged with the effort. Shippensburg is very talented and I thought we were right there.”

Shippensburg 70, Greencastle 50
SHIPPENSBURG
Jayden Statum 12 3-5 31, Isaiah Houser 1 1-1 3, Trae Kater 0 3-4 3, Annied Pichardo 0 0-0 0, Jacob Cramer 1 0-0 2, Carter Funk 0 0-0 0, Anthony Smith 9 8-13 26, Tyler Hall 0 1-2 1, Dalton Foore 2 0-2 4. 25 18-27 70.
GREENCASTLE
Bobby Emberson 0 2-2 2, Adam Murr 3 0-0 7, JT English 1 0-0 3, Riley Gembe 3 0-0 6, Ethan Shank 0 0-0 0, Conner Wright 4 0-0 8, Tim Ehko 0 0-0 0, Thomas Lewis 3 1-1 7, Adam Root 3 0-0 5, Zach Cole 6 0-0 12. Totals 22 3-3 50.
Shippensburg        11  19   20   20   —   70
Greencastle             9   16   15   10   —   50
3-point shots — Ship 4 (Statum 4); GA 3 (Murr, English, Root).