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Trojans take long fall from top spot

March 10, 2001

Trojans take long fall from top spot



By DAN KAUFFMAN

dankauff@herald-mail.com

West Chester East 56 Chambersburg 45



WEST CHESTER EAST (56)

Clark 11, Johnson 17, Anderson 15, Turbi 8, Ryan 2, Long 3. Totals 20 15-21 56.

CHAMBERSBURG (45)

Holmes 9, Riddle 11, Wingerd 9, Shank 4, Zoeller 8, Rice 1, Spoonhour 3. Totals 15 10-17 45.

W.C. East761627-56

C'burg105822-45

Three-point goals - WCE 1 (Clark), Chambersburg 4 (Holmes 2, Wingerd, Zoeller). Fouled Out - Wingerd, Shank.



GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Last weekend, Chambersburg's boys basketball team stunned the No. 1 team in Pennsylvania for the District 3 title. This weekend, the Trojans' season came to a sudden, crashing halt.

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West Chester East took control in the second half with a 30-7 run Saturday for a 56-45 victory over Chambersburg in the first round of the Class AAAA tournament at Gettysburg High School.

"I'm very proud of the seniors for what they've done for the program," Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said after a 40-minute team meeting in the locker room following the game. "There wasn't a lot of talking, just a lot of crying, sobbing and tears."

The loss comes just when the Trojans (19-10) were playing their best basketball, having defeated J.P. McCaskey for the district crown.

But the Vikings (23-6) handled Chambersburg in every fashion in the second half - particularly inside, where Aaron Johnson went to work.

Johnson scored a game-high 17 points, most coming on offensive rebounds and foul shots. When the Trojans doubled down on him, Monte Anderson (15 points) was often the beneficiary on backdoor cuts to the basket, as West Chester East's two-man game took over.

"They dictated the tempo of play a little better than we did," Shreffler said.

Chambersburg kept the game at a slow pace throughout the first half, holding the ball for more than a minute on three separate first-quarter possessions en route to a 15-13 halftime lead.

The Trojans scored the first six points of the game on Nate Holmes' 3-pointer and Rickie Riddle's basket and foul shot, and did not trail in the half. But Chambersburg was only 2 of 7 from the foul line and missed a couple of chances on fast breaks.

"I thought maybe we could have gone into halftime up 10," Shreffler said. "Instead, we were only up two."

The Trojans held a 22-17 lead three minutes into the second half when the Vikings went to work, scoring 12 of the quarter's final 13 points. Anderson had six of those, including two baskets off assists from Johnson inside.

Chambersburg also had foul trouble, as Danley Shank and Nathan Wingerd both picked up their third fouls early in the second half. West Chester East took advantage, putting the ball in Johnson's hands. A 18-4 run in the fourth quarter gave the Vikings a 47-29 lead, and fans started heading for the exits.

"I just thought the other team played better than we did," Shreffler said. "We're a team that really relies on certain aspects of the team to work. When certain parts ... aren't on the floor, it really hurts us."

Riddle finished with 11 points and was the only Trojan in double figures.

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