G-A roundup: Blue Devil boys, girls open with victories

Conner Wright

Greencastle-Antrim 65, Mifflin County 54:
The Blue Devils got their boys basketball season off to a good start by taking a win over the Huskies on Friday night in a first-round game of the James Buchanan Booster Club Tournament.

Greencastle will play Hanover in the championship game Saturday at 7 p.m. The Nighthawks defeated tourney host James Buchanan, 61-50;

For the Blue Devils, Conner Wright and Eli Sterling led the way in scoring — Wright tallied 25 points and Sterling added 21.

Mifflin County led at halftime 35-28, but Greencastle outscored the Huskies 21-12 in the third period and 16-7 in the fourth to take control. Wright had 14 points in the third quarter, including 3 of his 4 3-pointers, while Sterling contributed 9 points in the fourth period.

Tagg Silfies and Jay Miner each scored 15 points for Mifflin County.

In James Buchanan’s defeat vs. Hanover, Jayden Rineer scored 14 points, Drew Crouse had 13 and Jayce Piper 11.

Greencastle 65, Mifflin County 54
Tagg Silfies 5 3-3 15, Jay Miner 5 2-2 15, Landen Eichhorn 0 1-2 1, Jaylen Bowersox 1 0-0 3, Jayden Bilger 4 3-7 11, Aiden Reed 2 4-4 9. Totals 17 13-18 54.
Eli Sterling 8 3-5 21, Surzano Solomon 2 1-4 6, Logan Alvey 3 0-0 7, Jordan Hunt 0 1-2 1, Adam Horst 0 0-0 0, Conner Wright 14 3-3 25, Blake Shadoan 0 4-4 4, Owen Plum 0 1-2 1. Totals 22 13-20 65.
Mifflin County           17    18    12      7    —    54
Greencastle                16    12    21    16    —    65
3-point shots — MC 7 (Miner 3, Silfies 2, Bowersox, Reed); GA 8 (Wright 4, Sterling 2, Solomon, Alvey).

Greencastle-Antrim 47, Mifflin County 43: The Blue Devils put some distance between themselves and the Huskies in the third quarter and maintained that lead to pick up a first-round win in the Greencastle-Antrim Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night.

Rylee Henson

G-A will take on rival James Buchanan in Saturday’s championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Rockets defeated Southern Huntingdon 53-32 on Friday night.

“We got it done, and we beat a good team that was really physical,” Greencastle coach Mike Rhine said.

A 3-pointer by Meadow Gambacurta broke a 28-28 tie in the third period and the Blue Devils never trailed again. Ainsley Swindell scored a rebound bucket just before the buzzer to make it 37-31 in Greencastle’s favor.

In the final 40 seconds of the game, the Blue Devils made five of six free throws to seal the win and were 7-for-9 in the fourth period.

Rylee Henson led G-A in scoring with 18 points, which included a 4-point play in the first half. Mia Libby added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Swindell had 8 points and 6 boards and Gambacurta had 6 points.

Mifflin County’s Marissa Gingrich, an All-State player who averaged over 20 points last year, was defended by Henson and scored 17, but 6 of those came on very late 3-pointers.

Rhine said, “That was probably Rylee’s best game of her career. It was a real challenge to guard Gingrich, but we tried to get her a little more help in the second half. And Mia hit some big free throws at the end.”