G-A roundup: Blue Devil girls put on defensive clinic to beat Ship

Greencastle-Antrim 48, Shippensburg 16: The Blue Devils put on a show defensively to hand the Greyhounds only their second defeat of the season in a Mid Penn Colonial clash at Greencastle on Monday night.

Sayge Wilhide

After a slow first quarter (ahead 5-3), the Blue Devils outscored Shippensburg 17-2 in the second and led 39-9 by the end of three periods. The Lady Hounds had come in averaging 50 points per game.

“Tonight it was all about executing our defensive game plan and playing with energy and passion,” G-A coach Mike Rhine said. “Each and every girl did that on every possession. The way they communicated and played as one unit was a beautiful thing to watch.  I couldn’t be prouder of and for our girls. They wanted this one tonight and sold out to the team concept to get it.”

Greencastle’s man-to-man defense and strong rebounding stymied Ship and turned around an earlier 42-38 loss to the Greyhounds.

Rhine said, “We felt like we knew Shippensburg very well, and we could see what was coming. We had a good game plan and the girls gained confidence as the game went on because Ship was having trouble even getting shots. They came in as the No. 1 team in the district (in Class 5A) and they had already beaten us, so it was important for our confidence to get off to a fast start.”

Rhine pointed to one play in the second quarter that showed what kind of game it might be.

Haley Noblit deflected a pass near midcourt and saved it from going out of bounds by flinging the ball toward one of G-A’s offensive corners. A pair of Ship girls appeared to be in position to get to the ball first, but Mia Libby sprinted past them, controlled the ball and flipped a pass to Sayge Wilhide, who then stroked in a killing 3-pointer.

“Everyone believed we could win after that play,” Rhine said.

Wilhide scored 15 points and added 3 assists and 2 steals, while Libby totaled 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Noblit kicked in 7 points, 2 assists and 3 steals, Lauren Pool had 6 points and 6 boards and Jenna Powell had 5 points and 7 rebounds.

Elke Staver paced Shippensburg with 7 points.

The Lady Hounds (13-2, 10-1 MPC) still hold a lead over Big Spring (12-2, 9-2 MPC) and Greencastle (11-3, 9-3 MPC) in the Colonial Division.

Former Blue Devil boys coach Garon Gembe said to G-A girls assistant coach Scott McKeever after the game, “That was the best team defense I’ve ever seen played in our gym.  The communication was excellent and considering they did it wearing masks is even more impressive.”

Adam Murr

Shippensburg 75, Greencastle-Antrim 62: The Blue Devils fought hard against a good Greyhound squad, but could not stop Ship’s big man, Anthony Smith, and suffered a Mid Penn Colonial road defeat Monday night.

Smith poured in 32 points to carry the Hounds (13-2, 12-2 MPC), while Jayden Statum contributed 16 points and Jeremy Thomas had 9. Smith had piled up 19 points by halftime.

Greencastle (7-7, 6-7 MPC) had a rocky second quarter. After being tied 15-15 after one period, Ship outscored them 22-7 in the second. The Blue Devils fought back to pull within 7 points with 1:45 left and had possession, but the Hounds then pulled away down the stretch.

For G-A, Adam Murr scored a season-high 15 points (1 off his career high), Thomas Lewis and Zach Cole each totaled 12 points, Riley Gembe added 11 and Conner Wright scored 8..

Shippensburg 75, Greencastle 62
Bobby Emberson 1 0-0 2, Adam Murr 7 1-3 15, JT English 0 0-0 0, Riley Gembe 3 5-6 11, Conner Wright 4 0-0 8, Tim Ehko 1 0-0 2, Thomas Lewis 4 2-2 12, Zach Cole 4 3-3 12. Totals 24 11-14 62.
Jayden Statum 7 2-4 16, Isaiah Houser 2 3-3 8, Anniel Pichardo 1 0-0 2, Erby Weller 0 0-0 0, Jacob Cramer 0 0-4 0, Carter Funk 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Thomas 3 2-4 9, Anthony Smith 14 4-6 32, Tyler Hall 1 0-0 2, Dalton Foore 3 0-1 6. Totals 31 11-22 75.
Greencastle             15     7   17   23   —   62
Shippensburg         15   22   19   19   —   75
3-point shots — GA 3 (Lewis 2, Cole); Ship 2 (Houser, Thomas).