Senior Mariah Martin led the way with 13 points and Shippensburg entertained its home crowd with a 44-34 win over James Buchanan to win the outright Mid-Penn Colonial title.
The Greyhounds (14-6, 13-1), trailed rival Big Spring in the division standings for much of the season, but took over the top spot in the season's second game between the two squads and didn't look back. Even without Friday night's win, Ship would've claimed the Colonial after Big Spring's loss (more on that below).
The Greyhounds got nine points each from Sam Barmont and Tori Rumbaugh, plus eight from Kara Newell in the win.
They now sit at No. 10 in the District 3 Class 5A power rankings and are all but locked into the playoff field. They could foreseeably earn home-court advantage in the first round if they win out and get help up above.
All four division champions have now been determined. Shippensburg joins Harrisburg (Commonwealth), Lower Dauphin (Keystone) and Trinity (Capital). The Mid-Penn Championships begin Feb. 13 with the semifinals. Sites and times are as yet unnanounced.
- Meanwhile, Big Spring dropped a 42-33 home decision to Northern, finishing at best two games behind in the Colonial standings. Kyra Gerber had 12 from the Polar Bears, while Megan Emlet led the Bulldogs (13-6, 8-3) with nine.
- Diamond Bragg went for 29 points and 16 rebounds in Camp Hill's 65-28 win over Steel-High. Sheridan Reid snapped a three-game scoring skid (she also missed two games) with 15 points.
- Trinity beat Milton Hershey 51-35 behind 15 points from Sunshine McCrae and 13 from Kassidy Ingram. The Shamrocks (16-1) finish the Mid-Penn Capital slate a perfect 12-0. They are the only unbeaten division champ.