CARLISLE — Shooting the basketball is all about confidence.
The Shippensburg Greyhounds finally gained some confidence, rallying from 14 points down in the first half to edge Carlisle 56-51 Saturday night at Gene Evans Gymnasium. It was the Greyhounds eighth consecutive victory on the season.
“We haven’t shot the ball for about five to six games, but our defense has been able to carry us,” Greyhounds coach Andrew Markel said. “Tonight, we didn’t play very good defense. We hit a couple of shots and things started to fall for us.”
Shippensburg (10-4, 7-1 Colonial) started quick and led 7-4 and 8-6, but the Thundering Herd went on a 10-2 run sparked by Dayoveon Washington in the lane. Later they embarked on a second quarter 11-0 run sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers by Julianna Askins. Carlisle led 29-18 at the half.
The Greyhounds scored six of the first eight points out of the break but then watched Carlisle go on another six-point run to take a 37-24 lead in the third quarter.
After a Greyhound timeout, they worked the ball around and got Mariah Martin at the top of the key. She set her feet and drained a 3-pointer. Next time, she drained another 3 and Kara Newell bombed one in on the following empty Herd possession, with the Herd lead cut to 37-33.
“Falling behind tonight was a good thing as it showed we must value the ball and take good shots,” Markel said. “When we finally set our feet, we knocked down jumpers.”
Carlisle (3-13, 1-8 Commonwealth) absorbed another Martin 3. Cedy Clark scored and made two foul shots, and the Herd maintained a 46-40 lead.
But a Newell 3-pointer and a bucket from Tori Rumbaugh cut the lead down to one. Rumbaugh tallied 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Washington hit two free throws to extend the Herd lead to three, but six points by Rumbaugh gave the Greyhounds a three-point advantage. Newell knocked down four straight free throws in the final minute to give the ‘Hounds the win.
“When we moved the ball in the first half, we got some good shots and made them, and we had a double-digit lead,” Herd coach Scott Mitchell said. “We could have held the ball or worked for good shots in the second half, but we started forcing passes. We tried to dribble through the press rather than pass the ball like the first half.
“I subbed more players tonight because of playing last night. We played two different halves tonight. We must keep working. Dayoveon Washington (11 points) played a really nice game tonight.”
Martin led all scorers with 20 points while Newell added 17 and Rumbaugh 13, all in the second half.
Julianna Askins led the Herd with 14 points.