WAYNESBORO — The Waynesboro High School girls’ basketball team is indeed a work in progress. It’s been that way for some time.
So, head coach Heidi Shaull is focusing on the little things, an emphasis since day one of practices back in November. Progress isn’t measured in wins but in improving the fundamentals of the game.
To that end, the Maidens held their own against a good Northern York team on Friday night. Waynesboro trailed by eight points at the half, which compared to the last time the teams played in Dillsburg was definitely an improvement. The Maidens trailed by 21 points at the half in their December meeting.
Waynesboro’s lack of game experience is evident by the number of junior varsity players who also play varsity. Of the 12 players in the varsity lineup, seven played in the jayvee contest, won by the Maidens 33-30.
With the score 25-16 early in the third quarter, Northern York surged ahead thanks to an 11-3 run that gave the Polar Bears a 36-16 lead with two minutes left in the third quarter. Waynesboro couldn’t recover and absorbed a 49-29 loss in the Mid-Penn Colonial Division game.
“It’s coming, I really believe it is,” said the Maidens first-year head coach. “We’re focusing on the little things. We cut down on turnovers drastically. We’re taking care of the ball and we’re starting to run our offense.”
The biggest challenge for Waynesboro in their quest for its first win of the season is extending that effort for four quarters.
Brooke Davis made a three-point field goal and Abby Sheasley threaded a nice pass to Alexis Hearn, who converted with a layup for a 5-2 Maidens lead.
The Polar Bears scored the next eight points, all by Quinlyn Fisher. Davis got an assist on a Sheasley bucket to end the scoring slump, and Waynesboro trailed 12-7 after the first quarter.
Sheasley opened the scoring in the second period with a pair of free throws. She added a basket to keep the Maidens within three points, 14-11. A free throw by Slaydon Fisher made it 14-12, but Waynesboro couldn’t capitalize on back-to-back turnovers and its shooting went cold in the final four minutes of the first half. Northern closed the stanza on a 9-3 run.
Sheasley scored a team-high 10 points, while Davis added seven. Ella Lowry had five points.
Northern York 70, Waynesboro 27
DILLSBURG — Northern York didn’t need overtime to defeat Waynesboro in the teams’ second meeting of the season.
The Polar Bears, 83-71 winners against the Indians in Waynesboro earlier in the season, outscored Waynesboro by a combined score of 29-5 in the first and fourth quarters to steamroll their way to a 70-27 victory Friday in a Mid-Penn Colonial Division game.
Northern York set the tone for the game when it raced out to a 14-2 lead after the first quarter. The Indians only scored eight points in the second period and trailed 30-10 at halftime.
Things didn’t get any better in the second half, as Northern put up 25 points in the third quarter to take a 55-24 lead into the fourth quarter.
Cole Rhyne led Waynesboro (8-5) with 13 points.
The Polar Bears dominated the boards, outrebounding the Indians 33-12. Key to the win was three-point shooting. Northern made 13 three-pointers in 21 attempts (62 percent) and shot 63 percent overall from the field (25 of 40).
Waynesboro’s scheduled game against New Oxford in Gettysburg Saturday has been cancelled and will be played Jan. 29 in Waynesboro.