YORK — It was close at times down the stretch, but Cross County did enough to claim the Crossroads Conference title Friday at the York Auditorium.
The Cougars ground out a 57-49 victory over Giltner, closing the game with just enough defense to hold off the Hornets, who were within five points midway through the fourth quarter.
“We just wanted to come in and get the job done,” Cross County junior guard Colton Beebe said. “Coach talked about how we wanted to get four straight wins. We weren’t satisfied with just three. We came into tonight and we wanted to keep it going. That’s what we did.”
Beebe led the charge with 18 points and seven rebounds in an overall aggressive effort.
“We practice harder than anyone in the state,” Beebe said. “We work hard, so we know that at the end of the games, we’re comfortable playing in close games because we work on free throws and late game situations. It paid off tonight.”
Trailing 50-45 with the ball, an offensive foul that required an officials conference was called on the Hornets. Pairs of free throws from Beebe and Kenny Wright on back-to-back possessions killed off Giltner’s comeback attempt.
“Last night we hit big shots when we needed to and we didn’t tonight,” Giltner coach Matt Drew said. “We let them get open shots when they needed them. Our half-court defense wasn’t good enough. The first half, our press wasn’t good enough. When they got open shots, they hit them tonight.”
The pace was frantic in the early going with both teams showing aggressive mindsets but also missing easy looks under the basket.
Despite that pace and the game being up and down for the entire first quarter, the score was just 10-9 with the Cougars holding the advantage.
Both teams started to find the bottom of the net in the second quarter as the scoring finally matched the pace.
After Gilnter took a 19-15 lead on a basket from Josh Hinrichs, Cross County answered with back-to-back 3-pointers from Mattew Relihan. Beebe hit a 3-pointer of his own after mostly attacking the basket previously in the half. Beebe’s deep ball put the Cougars up 26-19, their largest lead of the half.
An and-1 play from Brodi Hansen was Giltner’s last points of the half as Cross County went into the break with a 28-22 lead.
The flurry to close the half, provided Cross County with a cushion that they never gave up.
“I thought in the first half we missed way too many layups,” Cross County head coach Dan Conway said. “Going into the half, I just kept thinking that if we could get great shots, we could find a way to push the lead a little bit. Giltner is tough. They’re athletic and well coached. We knew it was going to be a battle.”
Relihan finished with 12 points for Cross County. Beau Craig and Josh Hinrichs each finished with 13 points for Giltner.
“I’m happy that we went 2-1 at this tournament,” Drew said. “We have a lot of young guys, so it’s a good experience.”
Cross County’s senior group was in seventh grade when Conway took over the program and now they’re conference champions.
“It’s been a constant progression of building the program up,” he said. “They work so hard and do everything we ask them to, so it’s a big thing. We have 16 student managers watching this now and their dream is to get here and play in this game and win the game.”
Cross County........10 18 16 13—57
Giltner....................9 13 14 13—56
GILTNER (10-5): Rody Lyon 2-7 0-0 4, Josh Hinrichs 5-16 3-4 13, Colton Craig 0-1 0-0 0, Rece Vaught 1-10 1-2 4, Brodi Hansen 1-1 4-5 7, Dayne Hinrichs 0-6 4-6 4, Alex Goracke 2-5 0-0 4, Beau Craig 5-6 1-1 13, Rees Lyon 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 15-49 15-20 49.
CROSS COUNTY (15-3): Aaron Tidyman 2-7, 0-0 4, Colton Beebe 5-10 7-12 18, Matthew Relihan 4-11 1-2 12, Tucker Platt 3-4 3-3 9, Trey Nienhueser 1-2 2-2 4, Kalin Gabriel 1-3 0-0 2, Kenny Wright 2-7 2-2 8. Totals 18-44 15-21 57.
3-point field goals— Giltner (Ro. Lyon 0-1, J. Hinrichs 0-5, Vaught 1-9, Hinrichs 0-2, Goracke 0-2, Craig 2-3, Re. Lyon 1-1), Cross County (Tidyman 0-1, Beebe 1-2, Relihan 3-7, Gabriel 0-1, Wright 2-5 ). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Giltner 27 (Goracke 7), Cross County (Beebe 7). Assists—Giltner 6 (J. Hinrichs 2), Cross County (Relihan 3). Turnovers—Giltner 10, Cross County 12. Technicals—none.
Hampton girls 54, BDS 48
YORK — Hampton was finally able to get the monkey off its back and more importantly, a conference championship, Friday night at the York Auditorium.
The Class D-2, No. 7 Hawks overcame subpar free-throw shooting to knock off Class D-1 No. 4 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 54-48, defeating the often competitive Eagles for the first time since 2012 and claiming the Crossroads Conference championship for the second time in three years
Hampton shot 19 of 39 from the free-throw line in the win, but it was enough paired with strong defense down the stretch to win the conference crown.
“I was very nervous. (Free-throw shooting) has been our Achilles heel all season,” Hampton coach Margo LaBrie said. “They have to have confidence in their ability and they have to finish at the end.”
That’s exactly what the Hawks did. Tristin Mason and Kiersten Dose each scored seven points in the fourth quarter, as the two combined to shoot 10 of 19 from the free-throw line in the period.
BDS defeated Hampton 58-48 on the opening night of the season.
“The first time we played them it was a struggle,” Mason said. “They play so fast all the time and we couldn’t handle the ball. This time, they tried to go fast, and we just kept it slow and tried to control it.”
The first half was low scoring for both teams standards, with long stretches of good defense and some offensive sloppiness.
Despite 11 first-half turnovers, most of which were avoidable, Hampton took a 22-19 lead into halftime.
Senior Jaime Troester helped lift the Hawks, who were cold from the field and the 3-point line. Troester, rarely cold from deep, hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter
Troester’s final 3-pointer came on an assist from Mason as time expired in the first half.Without Troester, Hampton shot 1 of 7 in the second quarter.
Hampton committed just five turnovers in the deciding second half.
“I think that we just helped each other, setting picks and getting open, better,” LaBrie said. “We put the ball in Tristin’s hands more. She’s such a great ball handler. We thought to let Tristin take it, clear out and give her some room.”
After going 1 of 6 in the first half, Mason was 4 of 4 from the field in the second half before hitting enough free throws down the stretch to help the Hawks pull the win out.
“If no one else is open, I go,” Mason said. “I’m a team player, if I’m not open I pass. Assists are always good, too.”
BDS was 4 of 17 from the field in the fourth quarter, with plenty of empty trips. Hampton took a 44-37 lead midway through the fourth quarter but gave the ball away with back-to-back moving screens. The Eagles cut the lead to 47-44, but that was close as they got to Hampton late.
“We had to work hard. BDS, they’re so good and they’re so strong,” LaBrie said. “Defensively we had to step it up because if we did not step it up, we were going to lose it from the 3-point line or they were going to drive on us. Defensive fundamentals were key tonight.”
BDS...............9 10 13 16—48
Hampton.......9 13 15 17—54
BDS (12-5): Jadyn Klienschmidt 1-6 2-4 4, Lexi Kadel 4-18 2-3 11, Sara Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Megan Grote 4-10 2-2 13, Nicole Swartzendruber 3-8 0-0 6, Regan Alfs 1-3 0-0 2, Carley Elznic 1-9 5-7 8, TaraLee Hudson 1-4, 2-2 4. Totals 15-45 13-23 48.
HAMPTON (16-2): Jacey Klassen 0-2 0-0 0, Madison VanHousen 4-7 2-3 10, Jaime Troester 4-8 1-2 12, Tristin Mason 5-9 6-10 16, Kiersten Dose 1-5 6-12 8, Tayler Klassen 2-11 4-10 8, Ashlynn Arndt 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-43 19-39 54
3-point field goals— BDS 5-27 (Kleinschmidt 0-2, Kadel 1-9, Johnson 0-1, Grote 3-8, Swartzendruber 0-3, Elznic 1-4), Hampton 3-6 (J. Klassen 0-1, Troester 3-5). Fouled out—Grote, Swartzendruber. Rebounds—BDS 24 (Elznic 15), Hampton (T. Klassen 11). Assists—BDS 9 (Kadel 3), Hampton 9 (VanHousen 3). Turnovers—BDS 12, Hampton 16. Technicals—BDS bench.