SPRING GROVE -- Spring Grove girls' basketball coach Gerry Rohrbaugh thought that West York's victory over perennial power Trinity on Monday night might leave the Bulldogs a little flat come Tuesday evening.
Rohrbaugh was right, but knocking off a West York team that played ugly for much of the game still proved to be a tough task.
A pair of 3-pointers from Raychel Johnson and Emily Wood sparked a 10-2 run in the third period that ignited the visitors to a 42-35 triumph over the Rockets in a York-Adams League contest.
"Their outside shots in the first half didn't fall," said Rohrbaugh, who is in his first year leading a Rocket squad that lost nine seniors to graduation. "They basically beat us by hitting a couple of threes to put us down by (seven)."
The Bulldogs, who rolled to a 23-point victory on Monday, only led briefly (14-12) in the first half. But after guard Kari Lankford picked up her third foul, the visitors used another third-quarter run to take control.
Coach Jon Shultz's team used a 16-0 run Monday and did it again on Tuesday, when five different players scored over a three-plus minute stretch, turning a 23-22 deficit into a 32-25 advantage.
For Shultz, the saving grace of a night of disappointing basketball was coming out with a victory.
"I kind of thought there might be a little bit of a letdown, but we did not play well at all," he said. "Defensively we didn't play very well."
The Bulldogs forced 17 turnovers, but found it tough to stop Spring Grove's do-everything spark plug, Morgan Arden. The junior barely found open space all night, but still scorched the 'Dogs for a game-high 20 points, all through the first three quarters.
"That's not West York defense," Shultz said. "But the good thing is we come out with a victory. And one of the things I talked about with the girls was to use this as a learning experience. We'll break it down on film for them and show them some areas of improvement."
Rohrbaugh felt good, but not comfortable, with his team holding a 19-18 lead at the break. He figured -- correctly -- that it would come down to whichever team could piece together a run first. Unfortunately for his Rockets (1-2 overall, 0-1 Division II), it was the Bulldogs that bit on that one first.
"They got that run and that's what I was afraid of," Rohrbaugh said. "I wish it would have been us."
The hosts never got closer than five points down the stretch. Some poor free throw shooting by a Bulldog team that scored just six points in the final period allowed the Rockets to hang around. A night after sinking 23-of-26 against Trinity from the charity stripe, the Bulldogs were just 14-of-25 (56 percent) on Tuesday, including 4-of-10 in the final quarter.
Despite another disappointing early loss, Rohrbaugh is confident that a difficult early schedule (West York, Central Dauphin, Penn Manor) should prepare his squad for what could be a tussle in Division II.
"It'll be tough on us," he said. "But playing tough teams here in the beginning should help us down the road."
Sarah Shearer led West York (2-0, 1-0 Division I) with 12 points, while Heather Zinn added nine in the victory.
OTHER GIRLS' BASKETBALL
DOVER 41, NEW OXFORD 31: At New Oxford, Dover, ahead by just four points at halftime, opened a more comfortable lead by outscoring the Colonials, 12-4, in the third quarter. The Eagles' Alayah Hall led all scorers with 16 points, and Kara Funk added 10 points for the winners. Jensen Sneeringer accounted for nearly half of New Oxford's total with 15 points.
KENNARD-DALE 47, HANOVER 29: At Fawn Grove, the Rams' Sara Tarbert almost single-handedly outscored Hanover, racking up 23 points. K-D jumped out to a 17-6 lead after one quarter and was never seriously threatened.
RED LION 61, YORK SUBURBAN 30: At Red Lion, the Lions didn't allow more than 10 points in any quarter en route to the easy win. Jenny Horvatinovic scored 22 points to lead the winners, while Morgan Kuehne added 15. No one for Suburban scored more than seven points.
SUSQUEHANNOCK 52, SOUTH WESTERN 35: At Glen Rock, the Warriors jumped out to a 20-11 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Alexis Murphy led Susquehannock with 16 points, while Katie Wagner added 15 points. Amy Spigelmyer had 13 points to pace South Western.
DALLASTOWN 54, NORTHEASTERN 29: At Dallastown, the Wildcats used a balanced attack to roll to the win, placing three players in double digits -- Shae Grim (12), Alex Lehman (10) and Amari Johnson (10). No one for Northeastern could manage more than seven points. The Bobcats were outscored 46-18 in the first three quarters.
BIGLERVILLE 44, YORK HIGH 24: At Biglerville, the Canners improved to 3-0 behind 13 points from Olivia Moore and 12 points each from Rebecca Isaac and Nettie Baugher. Biglerville held York to eight points or less in each quarter. No Bearcat scored more than six points.
DELONE CATHOLIC 58, EASTERN YORK 37: At McSherrystown, Maddie Comly, Abbey Sponseller and Bethany Ball all hit double figures for the Squirettes, who held Eastern to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters. Comly led the way with 23 points, while Sponseller and Ball combined for 24 points. Morgan Thomas had 11 points for the Golden Knights.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.