Preseason expectations looked favorable for Big Spring, but perhaps not this favorable.
The Bulldogs romped Greencastle-Antrim 46-21 on the road Tuesday night, taking over sole possession of first place in the Mid-Penn Colonial in the process and setting them up as the team (6-2, 5-0) to beat over the final month and change of the season.
"That's a big step. Even being here, almost halfway through — huge accomplishment for this program," Bulldogs coach Randy Jones said over the phone. "My job's pretty much easy, because I'm confident in their leadership ability, I'm confident with their ability on the court."
Madana Tigyer "created havoc defensively," Jones said, as the Bulldogs forced 26 turnovers. The veteran guard off the bench helped set the tone with Big Spring not allowing double-digit points in any quarter.
"Our press just kind of continued to turn them over," Jones said.
Megan Emlet led a strong effort on the glass with 10 rebounds; Big Spring had 37 total with six each from Lauryn Cunningham and Madison Bishop.
Emlet went for seven points, Bishop nine and Cunningham a game-high 15.
The Bulldogs get a breather before Saturday's non-division game against visiting Bermudian Springs.
- Boiling Springs won its first game of the season, and first in Colonial play, edging James Buchanan 50-48. The Bubblers erased a three-point deficit entering the fourth quarter thanks in part to a 22-point night from Sydney Hemler.
- Abbey Engle knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer, handing Mechanicsburg a wild 40-38 road win over Susquehanna Twp. The Wildcats blew a seven-point lead after three quarters before Engle's heroics. She finished with a game-high 14 points, all four buckets coming from range.
Video of last nights final few seconds for girl's basketball! pic.twitter.com/iaJ0fpJDLp— Wildcat Athletics (@GoMechanicsburg) January 3, 2018
- Trinity edged a feisty West Perry squad with a 53-45 road win. Kassidy Ingram had just five points, but Sunshine McCrae and Aidan Finegan led the division-leading Shamrocks (7-1, 4-0 Capital) with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
- Lower Dauphin handed Cedar Cliff its first Keystone loss of the year, creating a tie atop the division between the squads. Maddie Sitler had 11 in the 40-35 loss.
This story has been updated with a correction that Kassidy Ingram had five points for Trinity.