Basketball

Chambersburg roundup: Boys strafe Altoona for 1st win

BOYS BASKETBALL
Chambersburg 53, Altoona 31: The Trojans finally played a team with similar height which is not one of this year’s Mid Penn Commonwealth bullies and the result was a satisfying one.

Noah Yeager

Chambersburg played good defense, rebounded well and shot the lights out from long range and the result was a 22-point win over the Mountain Lions for its first victory over the season Tuesday night at CASHS Field House.

The Trojans buried 12 threes, including six by Gus Mace and three by Noah Yeager, jumped to an early lead and rolled from start to finish.

“Our league is a gauntlet and the schedule we had to play gave us no letup,” Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. “I could see we were getting better, though.”

Shreffler isn’t blowing smoke about the schedule. In Chambersburg’s first 12 games, the eight different opponents combined for a record of 87-29. Of those eight teams, only Carlisle (8-8) and Harrisburg (5-6) aren’t having excellent seasons.

Altoona (1-12, 0-9 MPC) and State College (2-7, 2-7 MPC) were the only Commonwealth teams yet to play the Trojans before Tuesday and they get their shot at the Little Lions on the road Friday.

Shreffler said, “On Saturday (in a 1-point loss to Shippensburg), we started to see more pieces coming together on offense. Guys were getting shots where they could be effective. Tonight, the guys did a great job of finding Gus, and Noah was very assertive. We had a lot of assists.”

The Trojans (1-12, 1-9 MPC) opened the game on a three by Mace, one from Yeager and another from Mace for a 9-0 start, then Jacob Bassham tipped in a missed shot for an 11-0 burst. Chambersburg had a 9-0 run spanning the first and second quarters, with long balls from Hunter Noel and Mace, to make it 24-5.

The Mountain Lions scored eight straight, ending the half on a long 3-pointer by Ashton Neely, to pull within 13 points early in the third quarter.

Then Yeager and Mace each hit a pair of 3-pointers and Carter Sollenberger scored on a steal for a 14-0 blitz that jumped the lead to 45-18.

Shreffler said, “Our defense wasn’t bad. They put a lot of pressure on you by attacking on the dribble, but we had only a few breakdowns.”

NOTES: This Wednesday (6 p.m. tip-off, Chambersburg will host LaAcademia Partnership, a charter school from Lancaster that is 8-5 and ranked No. 3 in District 3 Class 1A … They reportedly have a trio of big men … Mace (18) and Yeager (9) led Chambersburg’s scoring, while Jayden Jones had 7 and Bassham 6 … Neely led Altoona with 8 points … There were only 5 free throws attempted.

Chambersburg 53, Altoona 31
ALTOONA
Lucas Muffie 2 0-0 5, Colin Lear 1 2-2 4, Ashton Bardell 1 0-0 3, Nate Cornelius 2 0-0 5, Kyle Pheasant 2 1-1 6, Ashton Neely 3 0-0 8. Totals 11 3-3 31.
CHAMBERSBURG
Jacob Bassham 3 0-0 6, Parker Knepper 0 0-0 0, Dru Bowling 1 0-0 2, Jayden Jones 3 1-2 7, Carter Sollenberger 1 0-0 2, Ian Stewart 1 0-0 3, James Lilley 0 0-0 0, Nevin Yeager 0 0-0 0, Noah Yeager 3 0-0 9, Andon Martin 1 0-0 3, Hunter Noel 1 0-0 3, Gus Mace 6 0-0 18. Totals 20 1-2 53.
Altoona                       5     8     8   10 —   31
Chambersburg        17   14   14   8   —   53
3-point shots — Alt 6 (Neely 2, Muffie, Bardell, Cornelius, Pheasant); Chbg 12 (Mace 6, No.Yeager 3, Martin, Noel, Stewart). Turnovers — Alt 8; Chbg 7. Shooting — Alt 11-41 (27%); Chbg 20-47 (42.5%).

Marlee Wrights

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Mifflin County 61, Chambersburg 34: The Trojans found themselves down only 24-16 at the half, but a 23-12 blitz by the Huskies in the third quarter helped produce a non-league victory Tuesday night in Lewistown.

“We started off doing exactly what we wanted to do for most of the first half,” Trojan coach Justin English said. “Defensively, we let some things slip right before halftime in transition and just couldn’t cut the gap in the score the rest of the way.”

Kiki Walker scored 10 points to lead Chambersburg (4-11), and Marlee Wrights added 8 points, all of them coming in the first quarter.

English said, “I do like the fact that we continue to always play hard in tough circumstances.”

For Mifflin County (6-7), Marissa Gingrich scored 13 of her 19 in the first half, Brianna Bodtorf had 11 of her 17 in the third quarter and Kate Knable scored 12 of her 13 in the fourth period.

Mifflin County 61, Chambersburg 34
CHAMBERSBURG
Robyn Stepler 3 0-0 6, Erin Pattillo 0 0-6 0, Kiki Walker 4 0-0 10, Madi Flythe 1 0-0 2, Marlee Wrights 4 0-2 8, Kylee Miller 0 0-0 0, Allie List 0 0-0 0, Joelle Rheam 0 0-0 0, Rosalynn Diehl 0 0-0 0, Sydni Byers 1 0-0 3, Katie Parker 1 0-0 2, Ahsia Thomas 1 1-2 3. Totals 15 1-10 34.
MIFFLIN COUNTY
Mya Aumiller 2 0-0 6, Marissa Gingrich 8 1-1 19, Kate Knable 5 2-5 13, Hannah Rittenhouse 1 0-0 2, Tessa Paulova 1 0-0 2, Brianna Bodtorf 6 4-4 17, Emma Yeager 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 7-10 61.
Chambersburg             8     8   12     6   —   34
Mifflin County            14   10   23   14   —   61
3-point shots — Chbg 3 (Walker 2, Byers); MC 6 (Aumiller 2, Gingrich 2, Knable, Bodtorf).

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