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Blue Devils hold off frantic Waynesboro rally

December 16, 2002|by JACK HILL III

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Greencastle Blue Devils were able to shake off a big, fourth-quarter comeback attempt by the Waynesboro Maidens to escape with a 39-37 victory Friday in a high school girls basketball game.

"It was a tough victory," Greencastle coach Doug Stuart said. "Anytime you come into the Waynesboro gymnasium, it is always a tough, not-so-pretty win. I thought that our girls hung in there. We are going to be in games like that all year long. Mentally, that was a big plus for us."

Greencastle (2-3) was leading Waynesboro by a 30-15 margin with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter.

From that point on, the Maidens (3-3) outscored the Blue Devils, 22-9.

Waynesboro sliced Greencastle's lead down to the final margin of 39-37 with 14 seconds to go in the game on a pair of free throws from Jessie Miller.

Waynesboro's Kira Mowen missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that sealed the win for Greencastle.

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"We just didn't play well offensively during the first three quarters," Waynesboro coach Steve Smith said. "We scored more points in the fourth quarter than we did in the first three quarters combined. That was a phenomenal comeback. When you play a good caliber team like Greencastle, you just have can't have one good quarter and three bad quarters."

Senior center Alicia Thompson collected game-high totals of 13 rebounds and 13 points, while Jessica Statler grabbed 11 rebounds for Greencastle. Heather Kershner added six rebounds, five steals and five assists.

Mowen led Waynesboro with 11 points.

Greencastle 39 Waynesboro 37


GREENCASTLE (39)

Ritchey 4, H. Kershner 6, Eshleman 2, Leedy 4, Thompson 13, K. Kershner 2, Statler 8. Totals 14 11-15 39.

WAYNESBORO (37)

Mowen 11, Carpenter 7, Hall 4, Reed 4, Wishard 7, Miller 4. Totals 14 6-9 37.

Greencastle 11 9 10 9 - 39

Waynesboro 6 9 2 20 - 37

Three-point goals - Waynesboro 3 (Mowen 2, Carpenter). JV: Greencastle 30-24. (G: Emily Wissinger, Kris Root, 8 points. W: Erin Keller, 10 points).

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