Indians earn the right to play top-seed Harrisburg

February 17, 2007|by DAN KAUFFMAN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro's boys basketball team played a solid game to defeat Central York 56-40 Friday night in a PIAA District 3-AAAA tournament play-in game.

The Indians will have to play even better to win Wednesday.

Terrell Rickard made 5 of 8 shots from 3-point range and finished with 23 points to lead 16th-seeded Waynesboro (17-7), which will travel to Cumberland Valley to face top-seed Harrisburg in a daunting first-round test.

"I'm ready for it," Rickard said. "We're all ready for it."

"Obviously, we feel we have a fine team," Indians coach Tom Hoffman said. "We were hoping for power ratings that would put us as a higher seed, but it didn't work out that way, so we get Harrisburg. It's a great challenge, but also a great opportunity."

Kevin Kline scored 10 of his 12 points for Waynesboro in the first quarter - including a tomahawk dunk in transition. But Central York (14-11) had a 17-16 lead after the first eight minutes thanks to Brandt Martin's halfcourt heave that went in at the buzzer.


"Once they hit that 3 at the buzzer, we knew we had to open it up," said Rickard, who took that responsibility on his own shoulders. He scored the first eight points of the second quarter on a 3 from the top of the key, a layup off a long inbounds pass from the opposite baseline, and another 3 from the right corner that made it 24-17.

Waynesboro took a 32-25 halftime lead into the locker room, and Rickard scored the Indians' first five points of the second half on another 3 from the right corner and a jumper from the right wing off the glass to make it 37-27. Baskets by Kline, Zach Helman and Chris Arendt finished an 11-0 run that made it 43-27 with 4:12 left in the third quarter. Helman finished with 13 points.

Rickard then buried his final two 3s to start the fourth quarter, giving Waynesboro a 51-33 lead with 6:08 left.

"He's a super shooter, so natural, has great form and can elevate," Hoffman said. "Three-point shooting comes and goes, but he was in the zone tonight."

Kline finished with a team-high five assists, kicking the ball out of the post to open shooters. Arendt had six rebounds and four assists and Matt Anderson added four assists.

"Kevin's so unselfish, he led the team in assists tonight, and that's part of the makeup of our team," Hoffman said. "They're all unselfish."

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