The theme for the South Western High boys' basketball team Saturday night was patience.
Gettysburg was running a 2-3 zone defense and the Mustangs were forced to keep the ball on the perimeter.
The Warriors did a good job of limiting the number of touches Mustang leading scorer Parker Bean had.
They could not stop the array of threes the Mustangs hit as South Western went on and defeated Gettysburg 47-36.
"The zone can be very effective if you only have one shooter," South Western head coach Nate Brodbeck said. "It is nice to have other guys as shooters. (Mike) Duffy started it for us, but we had some other guys step up as well."
Duffy led the way for South Western with 16 points and a trio of threes. The Mustangs also got threes from Brock Geiman who hit two, and Jordan Smith nailed one.
The Mustangs took an early 5-0 lead as they held the ball for the first minute of the game, just passing it around the perimeter and looking for the open shot. Much of the first half, that is what the Mustang offense was.
"The defense they played really dictated our offense," Brodbeck said. "I thought we did a great job of being patient and running time and taking the opportunities when they were there."
The star of the first half was Spencer McKercher, who contributed in every aspect of the game with his hustle and energy. His impact on the game was felt in a plethora of ways.
"Spencer's job is to hustle and he did that tonight," Brodbeck said. "He was in the middle of all the big plays in the first half, rebounds, boxing out, hustling for loose balls. His role is energy and defense. Even on the offensive end, he gave us a couple of second chances. When you least expected it, he would flash across and get an easy layup."
The Mustangs held a slim 16-14 lead with just under 2 1/2 minutes to go in the half before Brock Geiman nailed a three and that was followed up by Jordan Smith's three to give the Mustangs a 22-14 lead going into the half.
"Those two threes were big." Brodbeck said. "At the end of the third quarter, we hit another shot to give us momentum. Every time they started to make a run, we were able to counter it."
The Mustangs (7-6) started the second half passing the ball around the perimeter for more than two minutes before Parker Bean was fouled by Ben Kroll. Kroll then picked up a technical for arguing the call. Bean drained his two free throws and Duffy sank the two technical free throws, That four-point swing gave the Mustangs a 26-14 lead and put the game away.
"That was a huge possession," Brodbeck said. "We just ran clock. We told our guys at half-time that if the game ends in the 30's to be ok with that. We had the lead so we were in the driver's seat."
The win was the Mustangs' second in two nights and fourth in a row.
"We are playing much better than we were at the beginning of the season," Duffy said. "This was a big win for us. They put a lot of attention on stopping Parker and we had a bunch of other guys step up."
Kody Kiefer led Gettysburg in scoring with seven points.
In the girls' contest, the story was Gettysburg's Cami Boehner. She scored 24 of her team's 39 points in a 39-33 win over South Western.
The Mustangs jumped out to an early 11-3 lead and were clicking on all cylinders. Gettysburg's start was the opposite. The Warriors were just inches off on every shot and a second late on the defense end.
After Gettysburg took a timeout at the 3:33 mark, the Warriors went on a 10-4 run to close out the quarter, having cut the Mustang lead to 15-13.
The game went back and forth throughout the second quarter, with Boehner scoring five points, but the Mustangs took a 24-23 lead into the half.
South Western held Gettysburg to four points in the third quarter, but only scored five to make it a two-point game going into the final period.
In the final period, the Warrior defense took over. Gettysburg started to press South Western and forced the Mustangs into numerous turnovers and Gettysburg capitalized, outscoring South Western 12-4 in the final period, eight of which came from Boehner.
"South Western played very well tonight," Gettysburg head coach Casey Thurston said. "They fought hard. Our defense stepped up in the fourth quarter and we were just able to make a few more shots than they were."
email@example.com; 717-637-3736, extension 143. Twitter: @michaelrubin6.
SOUTH WESTERN (47)
Brock Geiman 4 0-0 10, McMaster 0 0-0 0, Sanders 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 3, Cook 1 0-0 2, McKercher 1 0-0 2, Lane 1 0-0 2, Staub 0 0-0 0, Parker Bean 4 2-2 10, Mike Duffy 4 5-6 16, Hess 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 7-8 47.
Kroll 1 0-0 3, Bortner 1 2-2 5, Colbert 0 0-0 0, Tarbox 0 0-0 0, Ja. Nye 1 0-0 2, Cody Kiefer 3 0-3 7, Jo. Nye 1 2-2 4, Thomas 2 2-4 6, T. Lampe 0 0-0 0, Crushong 2 1-1 5. Totals 11 7-12 32.
South Western 12 10 14 11 -- 47
Gettysburg 7 7 5 13 -- 32
3-point goals -- South Western 6 (Duffy 3, Geiman 2, Smith); Gettysburg 3 (Kroll, Bortner, Kiefer).
JV score -- Gettysburg 38, South Western 37.
SOUTH WESTERN (33)
Hoffnagle 2 0-0 5, Spigelmyer 4 0-2 8, Dell 1 0-0 2, Schmidt 1 0-0 2, Thomas 2 1-2 5, Bull 0 0-0 0, Rebert 0 0-0 0, Holly Arey 4 2-4 11, T. Gough 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 3-8 33.
Camden Boehner 6 8-10 24, Wood 0 0-0 0, Camel 0 0-0 0, Maddie Weikert 2 2-2 7, Felton 1 0-0 2, Bair 1 4-4 6. Totals 10 14-16 39.
South Western 15 9 5 4 -- 33
Gettysburg 13 10 4 12 -- 39
3-point goals -- South Western 2 (Hoffnagle, Arey); Gettysburg ( ).
JV score -- South Western 37, Gettysburg 29.