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Trojans' game not simple

January 24, 2001

Trojans' game not simple



By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In basketball, it always seems to come back to fundamentals.

The team that best executes the fundamentals - like layups and free throws - will come out on top most nights. Don't execute and it could be a long night.

Chambersburg can now attest to that. The Trojans, No. 1 in The Herald-Mail poll, missed countless layups and hit just over 50 percent from the foul line in a 65-54 Mid Penn Commonwealth loss to Harrisburg before a full house Tuesday.

"They did a lot of things well and just dominated us in every aspect of the game," said Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler. "Except missed shots - we dominated that category."

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The Trojans (14-4, 1-1) hit on just 21 of 59 shots on the night (36 percent), including just 4 of 19 in the first period. The misses were all that the Cougars, ranked sixth in the state Class AAAA poll, needed to get untracked.

Harrisburg used an 8-0 run in the first quarter to take a 10-6 lead, then bridged the first-quarter break with a 13-2 streak for a 25-12 edge. Anthony Thompson had six of his game-high 22 points in that string.

Brian Zoeller hit a 3-pointer to end the Chambersburg drought and start the Trojans on a bit more modest run, an 11-5 burst that pulled them to within 30-23 at the half.

Chambersburg got as close as five early in the third quarter on a Craig Schoenberg layup and had a chance to close the gap even more. Mike Clark was fouled going to the basket, but missed both free throws. At the other end, Clark rebounded a Harrisburg miss, but overthrew Rickie Riddle on an outlet pass.

The Cougars (15-2, 3-0) responded with a 12-2 run to put them ahead, 42-27.

"We'd make a great play to get the opportunity to get back in it and then we couldn't take advantage of it," Shreffler said. "Then we had to fight and claw to get back into position again."

The Trojans clawed back to within 46-38 in the fourth, but an intentional foul call against Riddle as Andrea Henry drove for a layup shut the door on the Chambersburg rally. Henry hit both free throws and Thompson scored on Harrisburg's next possession to essentially put out the lights.

David Rice led the Trojans with 17 points and Zoeller added 12. Nate Holmes had eight rebounds.

Harrisburg 65, No. 1 Chambersburg 54



HARRISBURG (65)

Henry 14, Burnette 11, Ham 6, Powell 8, Thompson 22, Bellamy-Hunter 2, Hall 2. Totals 25 13-24 65.

CHAMBERSBURG (54)

Fisher 4, Zoeller 12, Wingerd 2, Holmes 2, Rice 17, Riddle 6, Schoenberg 8, Clark 3. Totals 21 8-15 54.

Harrisburg17131421-65

Chambersburg10131120-54

Three-point goals-Harrisburg 2 (Burnette, Powell), Chambersburg 4 (Zoeller 2, Rice 2). Fouled out-Holmes. JV-Chambersburg, 61-46.

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