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Girls Basketball: Hoover's inside presence carries Blue Devils past Greyhounds

December 21, 2012|By SAM STEWART | Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — After two frustrating losses at the hands of Gettysburg and Boiling Springs in the past week, the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils girls team finally jelled together, rebounding against Shippensburg for a 59-44 Mid-Penn Colonial victory behind Chloe Hoover’s 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Hoover, coming off of a disappointing four-point performance in a 35-32 loss against Boiling Springs on Wednesday, erupted against an overmatched Greyhounds squad. The junior forward capitalized on excellent interior passes and great point play from freshman Hannah Crist to cement herself as the game’s top player.

“I don’t look to take her (Hoover) out, she doesn’t think about coming out,” Greencastle coach Michael Rhine said. “Outstanding performance.”

It was an outstanding performance, indeed.

Hoover came out of the gate ablaze, netting six points in the first quarter and facilitating offensive chances for the rest of her team. The Blue Devils (3-3, 2-2) spread the ball around evenly in the first quarter as the starting five all registered points, including 3-pointers from Crist and sophomore guard Jane Herman. Greencastle had an 18-6 lead after one period.

The Greyhounds battled back in the second quarter, taking full advantage of brilliant play by Kylee Miller. She finished off a tough three-point play to pull the Greyhounds within eight with less than two minutes remaining in the half.

But Hoover added five more points and the Blue Devils had a 28-18 lead at halftime. With 11 points at the half, Hoover was only getting started.

Benefitting from the absence of Greyhounds center Alicia Johnson for most of the second half, Hoover was able to grab offensive boards and turn them into easy points. She notched 11 points — six coming inside the paint — during the third quarter, in which the Blue Devils used a 16-3 run to take a 44-21 lead.

Poor rebounding by the Greyhounds and a strong full-court press by the Blue Devils hindered Shippensburg and forced the Greyhounds into poor decisions, leading to six turnovers.

Shippensburg coach Amy Lyman was at a loss for words in describing her team’s performance: “We have such good ball handlers, so I get confused. There are times where we just stop. If you’re being trapped, somebody’s open.”

Despite the miscues, the Greyhounds willed their way within 10 in the fourth quarter. But a Jane Herman 3 stymied the run and deflated Shippensburg’s momentum.

The win fostered hope for Rhine heading into the next couple of games.

“Everybody’s got a role and when we do it, it looks beautiful,” he said.

JV: Shippensburg, 35-30.

Greencastle 59, Shippensburg 44
SHIPPENSBURG (2-5, 2-3)
Johnson 8, Porter 7, Fetter 6, Lyman 6, Clawson 6, Lovett 6, Miller 4, Sydnor 1. Totals 15 7-21 44.
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM (3-3, 2-2)
Hoover 27, Herman 12, Hirneisen 8, Crist 7, Gelsinger 4, Stouffer 1. Totals 22 11-15 38.
Shippensburg    6    12    8    18    —    44
Greencastle    18    10    18    13    —    59
3-point goals — Greencastle-Antrim 4 (Herman 3, Hoover).

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