Indians find 3-point land

January 20, 1999

Waynesboro vs. GreencastleBy MARK KELLER / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Jamie Kirkpatrick found his own little corner of the world in the Greencastle-Antrim gymnasium Tuesday night.

Kirkpatrick hit Waynesboro's first field goal, a 3-pointer from the left corner, with six and a half minutes gone in the game, then hit consecutive 3s from the same spot in the second period to give the Indians the lead for good in a 50-38 victory over rival Greencastle.

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Kirkpatrick's first bucket broke an 0-for-12 drought and gave Waynesboro coach Tony Balistrere the spark he was looking for off the bench.

"We got off to a little slow start," Balistrere said. "Kirkpatrick came in and hit those shots and really changed things up for us."


Mike Hoover followed with a three-point play as No. 10 Waynesboro (10-3) pulled to within 8-6 at the end of the period.

Tony Rhoades scored inside to put Greencastle back up by four at the start of the second. But with Waynesboro beginning to hit some shots, the Blue Devils (6-6) had to abandon their sagging 1-2-2 zone in favor of a man-to-man defense.

It didn't bother the Indians, who proceeded on an 11-0 run to grab a 17-10 lead and put the Blue Devils at arm's length for the rest of the contest.

"It's tough to play zone when they're hitting shots over you. We didn't want to have to play man," said Greencastle coach Mike Hussack. "We like to mix up our defenses, but you can't mix in a zone when you're down 6, 8, 10 points."

The Blue Devils' struggles weren't limited to defense. Waynesboro's stifling defense held Greencastle to six shots in both the second and third quarters and 31 field goal attempts for the game.

"Our offensive execution was very poor," Hussack said. "We were making picks and cuts when the ball was in the air ... we were just out of sync on offense all night long."

Dallas Strait led a fourth-quarter rally by the Devils, scoring nine straight points to cut the Waynesboro lead to five. But the Indians, who struggled from the free-throw line all night, made enough (12 of 21) down the stretch to keep Greencastle at bay.

"It was another super effort defensively for us. That's become our staple. We've done that all year long," Balistrere said.

Kirkpatrick and Hoover each had 13 points and Micah Bohn added 12 for the Indians, who were without leading scorer and rebounder Saeed Samad. Samad was celebrating a religious holiday with family.

Strait led the Blue Devils with 15 points, while Rhoades had 10.

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