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Herd fun to watch even on losing side

January 27, 2003|BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For Waynesboro boys basketball coach Tom Hoffman, watching Carlisle play must be a little like the title of John Cougar's 80's rock hit, "Hurt So Good."

Carlisle (16-4) played up to its top billing against the Indians on Saturday afternoon, racing out to a 30-10 lead early and cruising home with a 69-37 victory.

The athletic Herd emptied their bench, putting 12 players in the scorebook, and held off a scrappy Waynesboro team that was simply outsized and undermanned.

"(Carlisle) is legit." Hoffman said. "They are fun to watch, even when they are running on you and using those athletes to beat you."

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But Hoffman was quick to point out that Waynesboro (8-10) battled all afternoon against what was apparently overwhelming odds.

"We knew they were that good." Hoffman said. "But our kids fought them on both ends of the floor. District III is arguably the best basketball in the PIAA. And we don't play teams like this every night."

From the start, Carlisle provided some troublesome matchups for the Indians. The Herd used a four-guard rotation to get on the fast break, and when they did set up in the halfcourt, they got multiple chances with 6-foot-6 center Mike Repass under the boards.

Repass entertained the crowd with two one-handed dunks in the second half, while the Herd slowed the Waynesboro offense with a suffocating halfcourt trap that created 15 first-half turnovers.

Although Waynesboro's inside tandem of Justin Kauffman and Bryce Rodgers slowed the Herd in the third quarter, Carlisle's athleticism eventually wore the Indians down.

"These Waynesboro kids always play tough on their floor," Carlisle coach Joe Stasysyn said. "We were coming off an emotional win over (Central Dauphin) East just last night, and I figured with all the adrenalin, we stood a good chance of wearing them down."

But Waynesboro surprised the Herd in the third quarter, mounting its only serious threat. Down 35-20, Kaufman opened the second half with a pair of layups. When Mike Sanders hit a running 15-footer at the two-minute mark, the Indians were down just 42-33.

But two consecutive Buck Rogers layups, the second off a steal, put the Herd up 48-35 at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth, the fatigue Hoffman worried about hit the leg-weary Indians in waves, as Carlisle held Waynesboro to a solitary basket, running fresh players into the game every couple of minutes.

"We seldom see that type of quickness or defense like those guys play," Hoffman said. "When they went deep onto their bench and still came up with some good players, well, a team like that is just a pleasure to watch."

Carlisle 69, Waynesboro 37

CARLISLE (69)

Hodges 14, Derringer 3, Porter 10, Bowers 3, Rayburn 3, Henninger 11, Mixell 5, Fenton 4, Negley 3, Repass 10, Hennighan 1, Shields 2. Totals 23 16-25 69.

WAYNESBORO (37)

Sanders 11, Hewitt 2, K. Sanders 4, Livengood 4, Geesaman 4, Rodgers 4, Kauffman 8. Totals 13 10-14 37.

Carlisle16191321-69

Waynesboro416152-37

Three-point goals - Carlisle 7 (Henninger 3, Hodges, Derringer, Bowers, Rayburn), Waynesboro 1 (M. Sanders). Fouled out - Repass. JV - Carlisle, 66-48.

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