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Wingerd's 30-footer lifts Chambersburg over Martinsburg

February 18, 2002

Wingerd's 30-footer lifts Chambersburg over Martinsburg



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent
CHAMBERSBURG (66)

Sleighter 5, Banks 5, Wingerd 15, Shank 16, Shoemaker 11, Hage 14. Totals 23 14-19 66.

MARTINSBURG (65)

Largent 6, Bassett 18, Springette 11, Johnson 3, Pittsnogle 23, Washington 4. Totals 23 18-26 65.

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Three-point goals - Chambersburg 6 (Shank 2, Wingerd 2, Shoemaker, Sleighter), Martinsburg 1 (Pittsnogle). Fouled out - Banks (C), Shank (C).



MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - For Chambersburg boys basketball coach Shawn Sheffler, it was a really wonderful day in the neighborhood.

But Mr. Rogers may not have agreed. Coach Dave Rogers of the Martinsburg Bulldogs, that is.

Chambersburg's Nathan Wingerd threw in a running 30-footer at the buzzer to send the Trojans into a wild post-game celebration with a sudden 66-65 win over Martinsburg in two overtimes on Saturday.

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It was the second meeting between the two schools this season that was decided late in the game. But the frozen rope shot that banked in as the final second ran off the clock, stunned and silenced the standing room only crowd which only moments before stood on their feet cheering wildly as Martinsburg teetered on the brink of winning. Ahead 65-63 with five seconds to play, the Bulldog's Brandon Bassett's second free throw rimmed out to Wingerd giving him his chance.

"We don't practice those shots," Sheffler said. "But I am happy for Nathan."

"We had lapses at some very crucial times in this game," Rogers said. Actually, we had some chances to end it in regulation. In the end, those lapses hurt us."

"This is a big-time basketball atmosphere," Sheffler said. "Martinsburg has a great team and great fans. We are very fortunate and very happy with the outcome."

But a great deal of Chambersburg's fortune came from its own play. From the start of regulation, the feisty Trojans hustled after every loose ball and seemingly grabbed every errant rebound or tipped pass.

The aggressive brand of play wasn't lost on either coach.

"We like to say that every loose ball has 'Trojan' written on it,'" Sheffler said. "We expect them to give the body and get the ball."

"Chambersburg hustled right to the end," Rogers said. "You have got to get after those balls and be intense all the time in a game like this."

Intensity seemed to be an issue with both teams early on as ragged play and mostly ineffective offensive displays promised to make this intriguing matchup into just any ordinary game. But in the fourth quarter, both teams came alive with highlight reel passes, breathtaking board play and crowd pleasing floor action.

The Bulldog's 6-foot-11 Kevin Pittsnogle spun in a layup to put the game into the first overtime and drained a three pointer to keep Martinsburg alive into the second overtime. Martinsburg's workmanlike style put them up by as many as five points, but the Trojans continued to shoot their way back into it. Pittsnogle had a game high 23 points while Bassett had 18.

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