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Devils finally giving out adversity

January 18, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim girls basketball team is sick of distractions. Instead, it is becoming one for everyone else.

Despite the absence of leading scorer Megan Williams and a crushing defeat off the court over the weekend, No. 5 Greencastle shook off a midgame rally by No. 8 Waynesboro Tuesday night to bury the Maidens, 47-37.

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"This team ... that's just the kind of kids they are," Greencastle coach Doug Stuart said afterward. "They get knocked down, they get right back up. Nothing bothers them."

The Blue Devils were forced to forfeit their playoff game for the Mid Penn Colonial first-half title Saturday after Williams was played illegally in a game earlier in the season due to a rules misinterpretation. And since Williams did not sit out the game she was required to, the PIAA forced her to sit out this one.

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"We said before, 'Whatever you're putting up now, we're going to need even a little bit more tonight,'" Stuart said. "And everyone did."

Following a 13-2 run to open the game, Waynesboro (8-7) fought back to take a 21-20 lead with three minutes, 14 seconds left in the half on a three-point play by playmaker Kira Mowen. The Devils (8-5), however, responded with five points before the break, including two free throws by Katie Buckley after she was fouled at the buzzer.

After the teams traded two baskets to open the second half, the Maidens wilted. Greencastle's variety of presses and gritty man-to-man defense pushed them into seven turnovers in their next nine possessions. Meanwhile, Greencastle went on an 8-2 run for a 37-27 lead after three quarters.

"We got back to the even point, and I really thought we had settled into a nice game," Waynesboro coach John Lewkowicz said. "But it was like we just stopped after that - like someone hit the brakes on us."

Even without Williams, the Devils' defensive pressure kept increasing. Waynesboro got just one field goal out of its offensive set in the second half while the Blue Devils pulled away.

"We knew they were going to come out hard, even harder than normal because of everything that was going on," Lewkowicz said. "They were going to dedicate this one to her.

"I really thought we would play better, but give them all the credit. They wanted this one."

Greencastle 47, Waynesboro 37




WAYNESBORO (37)

Shockey 6, Mowen 11, Reitz 4, Simmers 2, Martin 10, Reichard 4. Totals 14-56 7-17 37.

GREENCASTLE (47)

A. Eshelman 4, Mentzer 4, T. Eshelman 10, Thompson 13, Toth 7, Buckley 4, Wertner 2, Beam 1, Meyers 2. Totals 17-48 13-22 47.

Waynesboro 7 14 6 10 - 37

Greencastle 13 12 12 10 - 47

Three-point goals - Waynesboro 2 (Shockey, Mowen). Fouled Out - Shockey.

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