NEWVILLE — The rivalry game between two very young teams turned quickly in the second and third quarters.
Shippensburg girls basketball turned up the pressure, and the Big Spring didn’t handle it well. The result: the Greyhounds walked out of Big Spring High School with a 49-21 victory Friday night.
Shippensburg started to press in the second eight minutes and caused two quick turnovers that resulted in buckets by Chelsie Forrester and Tori Rumbaugh. That gave the Greyhounds a 14-8 lead they extended to 17-11 at half.
Shippensburg (3-1, 2-0 Colonial) blew the game open after the break, scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter to open up a 30-11 lead.
The first quarter was a battle of nerves as each team tried to force the offensive tempo, but missed shots and turnovers outpaced points.
Big Spring (2-2, 1-1) pressured the Greyhounds and forced turnovers and few clean looks at the basket in the opening quarter, but the Bulldogs struggled on the offensive end, forcing passes into traffic.
The turnovers resulted in the Greyhounds getting the fast break going. It also opened up the ability to go inside to Forrester and back out to Rumbaugh. She knocked down three 3-pointers on her way to 23 points. Forrester added 14 points.
“The difference from last year to this year has been team chemistry,” Rumbaugh said. “We played together as freshmen, and now we are juniors and we need to be team leaders. The biggest difference for me, personally, is feeling confident.”
“We have two quarters where we have played really well in each game,” Greyhounds head coach Andrew Markel said. “We have different kids to step up, but that pressure gives us offensive opportunities.”
Freshman Elke Staver, one of the Greyhounds top scorers so far, recorded four points in the opening four minutes but broke her nose and never returned.
Kiersten White led the Bulldogs with nine points
Notes: Big Spring feted head coach Randy Jones prior to the game on her 100th career victory as head coach of the Bulldogs in the team’s win Tuesday night.
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