WAYNESBORO – The Waynesboro Maidens varsity basketball team won their first game in quite some time but couldn’t follow it up with another.
The Waynesboro Indians ran into an always-tough Chambersburg Trojans team in the semifinals of the Franklin County Tipoff Tournament and followed up a 70-54 loss on Friday with a 61-28 victory in Saturday’s consolation game against Greencastle-Antrim.
G-A’s Haley Noblit was lethal from three-point range, and her performance in the Blue Devils’ 42-10 win against the Maidens in the girls’ championship game helped earn her selection as tournament Most Valuable Player.
Greencastle jumped out to a 9-0 lead after the first quarter and a 23-1 halftime lead and never looked back.
Waynesboro’s Ella Lowry hit a jump shot to get Waynesboro (1-1) into double digits, but it was too little, too late as the Blue Devils used their signature press off the inbound pass and kept the Maidens playing an ineffective perimeter game for virtually all four quarters.
Noblitt delivered three three-pointers in four G-A possessions missed out on a traditional three-point play and made one of two free throws on another that increased the lead from 11-1 to 23-1.
Noblitt’s teammate, Lauren Pool, was named to the All-Tournament team along with Waynesboro’s Nikki Davis, James Buchanan’s Mackenzie Stoner and Chambersburg’s Allison List.
Chambersburg defeated JB in the boys’ title game 73-38.
The Trojans’ Eli Shearer was named the tournament MVP. Teammate Jacob Bassham was selected to the All-Tournament team. Waynesboro’s Jaylon Bean, JB’s Jayce Piper and G-A’s Blake Shadows were also picked for the team.
Waynesboro turned a close game into a rout in the third game played on Saturday. The game was tied at 17 after the first quarter. The Tribe outscored the Blue Devils 13-3 in the second quarter, 18-4 in the third period and 13-4 in the final stanza.
Bean, who led Waynesboro scorers with 18 points in Friday’s loss to Chambersburg, joined Reese Cover with 14 points in Saturday’s win. Ryan Shaffer added 12 points and Tanyon Shaull had nine points.
Waynesboro hosts James Buchanan on Tuesday. The junior varsity game tips off at 6 p.m. and will be followed 20 minutes later by the varsity game.
The Maidens will travel to Mercersburg to play James Buchanan on Tuesday in their next game.