Mid-Penn Commonwealth champion Harrisburg High proved to be way too much for Colonial Division winner Gettysburg to handle.

The Cougars took down the Warriors, 102-65, in the semifinals of the Mid-Penn Conference boys' basketball tournament Tuesday night at East Pennsboro High in Enola.

Harrisburg (21-2) shot 40-of-75 (53 percent) from the field and placed six players in double figures, with three of them coming off the bench.

The win puts the Cougars in the Mid-Penn championship game, in which they will face Susquehanna Township, a 73-72 winner over Steelton-Highspire, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Milton Hershey School.

Despite the lopsided score, Gettysburg head coach Jeff Bair was pleased with the way his squad played.

"We battled, we competed and we attacked," Bair said. "We fought them for everything on the glass and kept going at them as best we could.

"They are a great team and shot it unbelievably well tonight. If we were going to have a chance, we needed them to shoot poorly, and that didn't happen."

Gettysburg (16-7) managed to keep it close early and trailed 13-8 midway through the first quarter before a pair of 3-pointers from Donald Ralls helped the Cougars to a 23-13 lead after one quarter.

A big second quarter by the Cougars, spearheaded by Shaquon Shepperd, who was a problem all night inside for the Warriors, allowed Harrisburg to lead 49-32 at halftime.


For the evening, the burly 6-foot-5 Shepperd scored 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and grabbed nine boards before going to the bench for good late in the third quarter.

"We knew we'd have a lot of trouble with him. He's a huge body," Bair said of Shepperd. "We tried to keep the ball away from him and couldn't. When he got it, he really hurt us."

Harrisburg continued to add to its advantage and led 77-41 after three quarters. The Cougars' largest lead of the night was 37, a lead they held three times.

Gettysburg’s Cody Kiefer attempts for a shot on net against Harrisburg’s Dominique Lewis during Tuesday’s Mid-Penn semifinal at East
Gettysburg's Cody Kiefer attempts for a shot on net against Harrisburg's Dominique Lewis during Tuesday's Mid-Penn semifinal at East Pennsboro. (The Evening Sun - Shane Dunlap)

Bair was pleased with the way his team shot the ball (21-of-45) from the field and the amount of times they got to the charity stripe (26). Despite 24 turnovers, he was not upset with the way the Warriors handled the ball.

"They are so quick and athletic, we haven't seen anything like this since (Susquehanna) Township back in the first week of January," he said. "The moment you hesitated and thought about doing something, it was too late. You just had to play. If you slowed down, they took the ball away from you."

Joining Shepperd in double figures for the Cougars were Jahaad Proctor with 15 points, Steven Stoney with 14 and Astin Cooksey-Easter, Domonique Lewis and Donald Ralls, who each contributed 12.

"We wanted to move the ball and share it well, and I thought we did a good job of that," Harrisburg head coach Kirk Smallwood said. "We knew they could handle the ball and make shots, so we wanted to try to speed them up and make them play faster than they are comfortable doing."

Gettysburg was led by Cody Kiefer's 24 points and eight rebounds, while Trey Thomas put in 14 points to go with 10 boards.

"Cody and Trey both played very well, along with J.J. (Colbert)," Bair said. "I thought they all did a nice job tonight."

The Warriors will have a week off until starting District 3 Class AAA tournament play at home. Gettysburg earned the fifth seed and hosts 12th-seeded Palmyra (15-7) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"We need effort like this in districts," Bair said. "Again, we played well tonight, and we need to keep playing well if we want to make a run in districts."

   Astin Cooksey-Easter 4 3-6 12, Carter 1 0-0 2, Donald Ralls 4 2-2 12, Patterson 2 2-2 7, Steven Stoney 7 0-1 14, Domonique Lewis 4 4-4 12, Williams 1 2-2 5, Cook 0 0-0 0, Jahaad Proctor 6 0-1 15, Shaquon Shepperd 9 1-2 19, Jackson 0 0-1 0, Olson 1 0-0 2, Britton 1 0-0 2.. Totals 40 14-21 102.
   Kroll 2 0-2 5, Bortner 0 0-0 0, Colbert 3 2-4 8, Tarbox 2 0-0 4, Cody Kiefer 4 14-15 24, Trey Thomas 6 2-2 14, T. Lampe 3 2-3 8, Crushong 1 0-0 2, Peterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 20-26 65.
Harrisburg   23  26  28  25 -- 102
Gettysburg   13  19    9  24 -- 65
   3-point goals -- Harrisburg 8 (Proctor 3, Ralls 2, Cooksey-Easter, Patterson, Williams); Gettysburg 3 (Kiefer 2, Kroll).