WAYNESBORO, Pa. —In a season marred by offensive woes, Waynesboro was out to make a statement against a formidable foe.
Unfortunately for the Maidens, Mechanicsburg was too formidable. Waynesboro was unable to reverse its offensive misfortunes in a 49-10 drubbing on Monday night.
The 10 points was the second lowest point total for the Maidens (0-15) this season, barely eclipsing the eight points they posted against West Perry on Dec. 15.
“It’s been kind of a nightmare offensively,” Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart said. “It’s tough when your 0-15 to continue to grind day in and day out.”
It has become a constant nightmare for the Maidens.
Turnovers and a 0 for 19 shooting effort hindered the Maidens’ chances of winning from the get-go. Waynesboro was held scoreless in the first quarter, and did not score their first point until 10 seconds were remaining in the half — a free throw by Dori Kozain.
However, with the negatives also came some positives.
The Maidens went to a defensive strategy that is rarely seen by Mechanicsburg — the zone.
“I think the big thing is that in the league that Mechanicsburg plays in is that they don’t see the zone at all,” Stuart said. “They were struggling with us because they don’t see it.”
The Maidens’ zone frustrated Mechanicsburg (10-6) throughout the first half and limited the Wildcats to 20 points going into the break.
“We didn’t execute very well in the first half,” Mechanicsburg coach Clay McAllister said. “We got in a bad habit settling for jumpers with the zone they were playing.”
Both teams executed better in the second half.
The Wildcats sprung out to a 10-0 run in the third quarter behind the play of Cecily Carl. Carl, who scored five points int he period, manned the post and earned multiple trips to the free-throw line.
“When you have a player like Cecily you have to get her touches,” said McAllister.
With Carl pacing the Wildcats, the Maidens turned to Kozain to try and rally. The senior hit the team’s first field goal with over a minute remaining in the third quarter and added three more points in the fourth quarter — the lead was just too much to overcome.
Carl finished with a game-high 17 points. Morgan Vasiliu notched seven points for the Wildcats.
Kozain finished with seven of the Maiden’s 10 points. Hunter Mowen accounted for the other three.
Mechanicsburg 49, Waynesboro 10
Martin 2, Andrews 2, Hertz 3, Landis 3, Vasiliu 7, Rubinic 4, Ross 6, Brown 5, Carl 17. Totals 17 13-22 49.
Kozain 7, Mowen 3. Totals 3 4-11 10.
Mechanicsburg 10 10 10 19 — 49
Waynesboro 0 1 4 5 — 10
3-point goals — Mechanicsburg 2 (Landis, Ross).