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Defenders hang tough in HAC tourney loss

SUNBURY — Jordan Hartman drained two quick third-quarter 3-pointers as Warrior Run took a four-point lead against heavily-favored Danville.

Not many outsiders knew much about Hartman before Wednesday’s Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal. They learned a lot about her as the second-half progressed with her scoring 13 points. Hartman symbolizes this Warrior Run team which was an unknown commodity entering the season, but has since captured the HAC-II championship, winning the program’s first league title since 1988.

And once again, Warrior Run proved it is mighty good.

Corrina Petrus scored a game-high 21 points and HAC-I champion Danville defeated Warrior Run, 49-43, at the Shikellamy Field House. But the blowout many thought would unfold never did as the Defenders (16-7) made another strong statement.

“Our girls played hard and that’s all we care about,” Warrior Run coach Andrew Shamburg said. “We just want to show that they are good and we can play with anybody in this area.”

“We were pretty confident we could play well against them,” said Hartman, who scored all of her career-high 13 points in the second half. “We were confident we were going to win and we did the best we could.”

Danville (21-2) plays Mifflinburg in Friday’s championship, but Warrior Run made it earn that spot the hard way. The Defenders surrendered just three first-quarter points and still led 12-7 early in the second quarter. Danville rallied and went up by three at halftime before Hartman and Sydney Hoffman (10 points, 6 rebounds) hit three straight 3-pointers and put Warrior Run up, 24-20.

The message was clear. Warrior Run was not going anywhere. Danville went on a 14-2 run following that shooting spree, but it could never shake the Defenders. Hartman hit her last 3-pointer early in the fourth as Warrior Run pulled within 40-36.

“I was feeling good in the second half. I was confident when I put them up that they were going to go in,” Hartman said. “We have a lot of players that can do a lot of things.”

That was evident all night as Warrior Run controlled the boards against one of the district’s tallest teams. Hartman, Hoffman, Marissa Pick, Avery Bieber, Emily McKee and Taylor Coup all grabbed at least five rebounds and Coup made six steals.

Danville seemingly put the game away when it went up 10 in the final minute, but Coup hit two foul shots before making a steal and finding McKee who cut it to 49-43 in just a five-second span. The Defenders were up against the clock with just 17 seconds left but Danville never felt secure into the final second ticked away.

Warrior Run might not have won, but its performance could provide it a major boost entering the District 4 Class AAA playoffs where it will be the No. 2 seed and host a quarterfinal.

“We put in a lot of work,” Hartman said. “We’re really excited for the playoffs.”

Danville 49,

Warrior Run 43

WARRIOR RUN (43)

Sydney Hoffman 4 0-0 10, Emily McKee 2 3-4 7, Avery Bieber 1 1-2 3, Taylor Coup 3 2-2 8, Jordan Hartman 5 0-0 13, Marissa Pick 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 6-8 43.

DANVILLE (49)

Clara Coombe 4 1-7 9, Linae Williams 2 0-0 5, Corrina Petrus 10 1-5 21, Erin Cope 1 0-0 2, Olivia Outt 2 0-0 6, Emily Heath 3 0-2 6. Totals 22 2-14 49.

Warrrior Run 8 7 18 10 — 43

Danville 3 15 22 9 — 49

3-pointers: Warrior Run 5 (Hartman 3, Hoffman 2); Danville 3 (Outt 2, Williams).

Records: Danville (21-2); Warrior Run (16-7).

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