WAYNESBORO, Pa. —Jekyll and Hyde reared its head in Waynesboro on Friday night.
The Waynesboro Indians played what seemed to be two games of basketball — showing promise in the first half but then crumbling under Cody Kiefer’s double-double performance for Gettysburg as the Warriors hung a 64-50 loss on the Indians.
“We knew the size factor was going to be a problem for us all year,” Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman said. “(Kiefer) can do things in space, he can do things in double-team. He’s just a tough matchup and we couldn’t contain him.”
Following in the footsteps of Greencastle-Antrim’s Joel Zola — who torched Waynesboro (1-3, 1-2) on Tuesday night — Kiefer shredded the Indians’ defense for 12 points in the first half — a half during which everything seemed to fall in for the Warriors.
Gettysburg (4-0, 2-0) came out of the gate on fire, shooting 85 percent from the field in the first quarter to take a 17-8 advantage. The Warriors took advantage of screens to open up the perimeter, as they netted four 3-pointers in the first frame.
“We are willing to share the ball, we are willing to make that extra pass,” Gettysburg coach Jeff Bair said. “When you do that you get a lot of open looks.”
The Warriors were not the only ones getting open looks Friday.
Guided by the play of sophomore forward Ryan Kelley and junior guard Shaquill Smith, the Indians (1-3, 1-2) retaliated in the second quarter, cutting the gap to six at halftime. The two combined for 13 of the Indians’ 33 first-half points and were a force on the perimeter, netting four of the team’s six 3-pointers.
But Mr. Hyde would rear its head at the wrong time.
The second half produced a different Waynesboro basketball team. After injuries to sophomore Connor Fetterhoff and senior Devonte Montgomery, the Indians could not establish any offense. After shooting better than 50 percent from the field in the first half, Waynesboro went ice cold, shooting only 30 percent from the field after halftime.
The Indians’ poor shooting was the gateway to success for the Warriors. Guided by Ben Kroll’s 14 second-half points, Gettysburg rolled to a 14-5 run late in the third quarter and hung on in the fourth — ending an Indians rally with a emphatic slam by Kiefer.
“We are facing a little bit of adversity, “Hoffman said. “The season is a marathon and your going to go through some down times. We’re just frustrated that it’s happening now.”
On the other hand, the loss produced some positives for the Indians.
Kelley had a stellar game, scoring eight points in both the second and fourth quarters and going 4-for-4 from the free throw line. The Indians, who struggled from the charity stripe on Tuesday, made 8 of 11 on Friday.
Smith was shaken up in the fourth quarter and did not return to the game. He had 11 points on the night.
The Warriors and Indians combined for 14 3-pointers in the contest.
Gettysburg 64, Waynesboro 50
WAYNESBORO (1-3, 1-2)
Kelley 16, Smith 11, Warrenfeltz 8, Bennett 8, Ingram 5, Hoffman 2. Totals 17 8-11 50.
GETTYSBURG (4-0, 2-0)
Kroll 23, Kiefer 14, Lampe 9, Colbert 7, Thomas 6, Burtner 3. Totals 25 7-12 64.
Gettysburg 17 16 15 16 — 64
Waynesboro 8 19 8 15 — 50
3-point goals — Gettysburg 8 (Kroll 4, Burtner, Kiefer, Lampe, Colbert), Waynesboro 6 (Smith 2, Kelley 2, Warrenfeltz 2).