The Dover girls' basketball team has enjoyed a lot of success these past two years, in large part because of standout senior guard Alayah Hall.
The truth of the matter, however, is that the Eagles are a whole lot more than just Hall. Coach Troy Lokhaiser's club has a number of players who know their roles and play them quite well.
That fact was on display Wednesday night at West York High School when York-Adams Division II-leading Dover squared off with the Division I-leading Bulldogs on Pink Out Night.
While Hall led the Eagles with 21 points, it was reserve Holly Fox who propelled her team at several key moments.
Fox is out there on the court to knock down shots from beyond the arc. After missing her first three, the guard caught fire in the second period, draining three triples to help her team overcome an early deficit.
By the time the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs were a dejected bunch after the Eagles handed their rivals a convincing 54-40 setback.
"Holly Fox really did a great job for us tonight," said Lokhaiser, whose team improved to 13-0 overall and 8-0 in Division II. "She came off the bench and knocked down a couple wide-open shots. She knows her role and that's one of her specialties. She's a shooter for us."
Fox admitted to getting upset at herself after missing her first three attempts. West York gave her space while utilizing a 2-1-2 zone. Once the first one went down, tying the contest at 16-16 midway through the second quarter, Fox started to feel it.
"That felt really good because I was getting frustrated," she said. "When I knocked down that first one I was like, 'I'm going to make some more.'"
She did just that after the Bulldogs, who led 14-8 after a quarter, rallied back to regain the lead at 19-18 with 3:38 left in the half. Fox proceeded to drain back-to-back triples, which propelled her team into the locker room with a 24-21 advantage.
"My teammates tell me, 'keep shooting, keep shooting,'" said Fox, who finished with 12 points. "They kind of gave me a boost to keep shooting and to not get down on myself. So they're always there to push me."
West York went on a quick 6-3 run to start the second half to draw even again at 27-all, but then suffered through some offensive woes, thanks in large part to Dover's own zone defense.
"We did well down at Dallastown (Monday) night with the 2-3 and felt comfortable in it," Lokhaiser said. "We thought we'd give it a shot tonight against these guys and it worked out pretty good for us."
The home team went nearly nine minutes of game action without scoring a basket against the 2-3 zone. By the time Kari Lankford scored a layin with 2:33 left, the Bulldogs found themselves down by double-figures at 45-34.
"We went cold," West York coach Jon Shultz said. "We lost confidence in our shot the third quarter and (Dover) executed. They're a very disciplined team and I think they did a fantastic job. I can't take anything away from what they did."
Sela Fuhrman led the Bulldogs (11-3, 8-1 Division I) with a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Guards Emily Wood and Lankford chipped in nine points apiece for West York, while Marissa McMahon added nine for the Eagles.
OTHER GIRLS' BASKETBALL
Eastern York 61, Hanover 32: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights took control in the third quarter by outscoring the visitors 20-5. Morgan Thomas led the home team by scoring 24 points. Teammate Lauren Beaver knocked in 12. For the Hawkettes, Soukaina Tracy scored 17 points. Eastern improved to 5-1 in York-Adams Division III and 7-4 overall. Hanover fell to 4-4 in Division IV and 8-6 overall.
Susquehannock 52, New Oxford 44: At New Oxford, the Warriors led by just two entering the fourth quarter (35-33) and held on to capture the victory. Katie Wagner led the Warriors with 18 points. Ashley Stone scored 14 points for the winners, while Shannon Druck knocked in 10. For the Colonials, Taryn Crone and Jensen Sneeringer each scored 12. Sneeringer knocked in four from behind the arc. Susquehannock improved to 6-2 in York-Adams Division II and 11-3 overall. New Oxford fell to 4-5 in Division I and 7-7 overall.
Spring Grove 38, South Western 37: At Hanover, Morgan Arden scored 20 of Spring Grove's 38 points. The Rockets led 17-10 at halftime and held on for the win. Holly Arey had 10 points for South Western.
York High 57, Fairfield 40: At York, Chyna Steele collected 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bearcats. Dejanay Givens added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Abby Herring (19) and Annie Roberts (12) hit double digits for Fairfield.
Central 37, York Suburban 30: At Suburban, the Panthers outscored the home team 13-6 in the final quarter to break the 24-24 third-quarter tie. For the Trojans, Molly Day scored 12 points.
Red Lion 65, Northeastern: At Manchester, Red Lion, leading by just three points after three quarters, outscored Northeastern 20-7 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Morgan Kuehne had a huge game for the Lady Lions with 34 points, including 15 of 16 at the foul line. Devan Horka added 10 points for the winners. Shay Mathison and Payton Hauck combined for 31 Northeastern points. Red Lion improved to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in York-Adams Division I.
York Catholic 54, Littlestown 15: At Littlestown, the Irish broke the game open early, leading 18-4 after the first quarter, and went on to capture the victory. Hannah Laslo led the Irish by scoring 14 points. York Catholic improved to 6-1 in York-Adams Division IV and 10-1 overall.
-- Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.