By Joe Gilloway
Linglestown Gazette sports director
CHAMBERSBURG (Jan. 26) — “Someone better start shadowin’ that number 14 chick,” said a woman in the stands Friday night at Chambersburg Area High School, “cause she ain’t gonna miss.”
That “chick” was Central Dauphin junior guard Sam Gress, and the woman in the stands was a pretty good evaluator of what was transpiring on the gym floor.
Gress put together a tidy 25 points on the evening, which was a tad more than the entire Trojans team could muster up. Five 3’s, four from inside the arc, and 2-2 from the line was how she got there as the Rams dominated the Trojans 54-24.
But it wasn’t without a good bit of quality ball movement from her teammates, who were much more than just onlookers wearing the same green and white uniforms.
This team just isn’t built that way. Because … well, it’s a team. The scoring is typically more balanced, which is a signature of this season’s Lady Rams. They just knew it was Sam’s night.
Rams head coach Randy Gambelunghe entered the contest with a few main objectives. The primary one was to tack on another Commonwealth Division W before a key out-of-league match-up this afternoon at York-Adams league power Dallastown.
But wait, there was more.
He also hoped to see his team keep up their recent super-stingy defensive ways (26 ppg surrendered against the last four league opponents), and continue to grow as a sum of their parts. You can check both of those boxes as well.
And as of this writing, the cherry on top is the Rams moved up three huge spots in the District-3 6A power rankings to an all important #3. The top four teams in the rankings at the end of the regular season earn a first round D-3 tournament bye.
After the late-season gauntlet the team has been dealt due to some inclement weather reshuffling of their schedule, Coach G will gladly take the extra few days away from competition for a little rest and some extra time in the practice gym if they can stick in the top four.
One game at a time, his team will have control of that target the balance of the regular season.
Photos by Neil Renaldi Photography