The outcome of a basketball contest usually isn't decided in the first quarter.
That was probably the only good thing about the initial period Monday night for the West York girls' team.
Visiting Susquehannock blitzed the Bulldogs on their home court over the opening five minutes of play. The Warriors forced 10 turnovers and led by double digits when the period ended, 22-11.
When it was all over, however, the home team returned the favor -- and then some -- over the final eight minutes of action. West York outscored Susquehannock 21-3 in the fourth quarter to run away with a 58-49 victory on a historic night for the program.
In addition to the victory, Bulldog senior Sarah Shearer
"It feels great," said Shearer, who was honored during the game with the official game ball as well as afterward with a cupcake celebration. "I set that goal for myself when I was a freshman and to finally (get it) is great."
West York coach Jon Shultz was happy that his senior was able to celebrate her accomplishment during a victory at home.
"It was a great night for Sarah to have her get 1,000 points," he said. "Sarah is a fantastic player."
Shearer's historic jumper cut Susquehannock's once-imposing lead to just five points. A few seconds later, sophomore Emily Wood pulled down a rebound and knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to complete a 15-6 stanza and make it a 28-26 contest at intermission.
"I think them hitting that three at the end (of the first half) was big," Warrior coach Dave Schreiner said. "But I thought we came out and responded pretty well in that third quarter."
Indeed they did. The Warriors (9-4 overall and 4-3 in York-Adams Division II) played nearly as well as they did in the first quarter and led by a seemingly comfortable 46-37 score after claiming the third period, 18-11.
The first few minutes of the fourth quarter are typically critical for a trailing team. The Bulldogs recognized that and immediately responded with a quick 4-0 run to start the stanza. Not even a timeout by Schreiner could halt the momentum. West York scored five more points to complete a 9-0 spurt that tied the game at 46-46.
"That is just unbelievable," Schreiner said. "I told the kids that I didn't want to take the air out the ball when we were up by five."
The Warriors failed to convert on a single field goal over the final eight minutes -- a fact that annoyed Schreiner.
"You've got to score somewhat consistently," he said. "And we did that (in the third quarter). But I take full responsibility for our losses and I've got to come back and figure out how we can put together a complete game."
As baffled as Schreiner was about his team's play in the final quarter, Shultz was equally mystified about his team's poor play from the opening whistle.
"I don't have an explanation about that first quarter," Shultz said. "In that first quarter we played really, really horrendous defense. And we gave up a lot on the offensive glass. And we turned the ball over 10 times ... that's a lot."
The Bulldogs, who improved to 11-1 on the season and 6-1 in Division I, won the second and fourth quarters by a combined 27 points (36-9).
"We were down nine (46-37) and to end up winning by nine (58-49) ... that's a pretty huge swing," Shultz said. "But that can only be set up by our defense."
Shearer was aided by Wood (career-high 15 points) and Jess Noll (14 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots). Wood almost single-handedly kept her team in the contest in the second quarter when she poured in seven of her points. Noll was huge in the fourth quarter when she scored six points and came up with five big rebounds.
"(Jess) played her heart out out there," Shultz said. "She had a fantastic night."
Leah Deter was solid in defeat for the Warriors. She scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Deter also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds, while teammate Shannon Druck added 12 points.
OTHER GIRLS' BASKETBALL
RED LION 72, SPRING GROVE 49: At Red Lion, the home team scored 20 points in each of the first three quarters en route to the easy win. Jenny Horvatinovic poured in 20 points to lead the Lady Lions. She got double-digit support from Courtney Dimoff (15) and Morgan Kuehne (13). Red Lion improved to 9-4 overall and 6-2 in York-Adams Division I. Morgan Arden scored 30 of Spring Grove's 49 points.
DALLASTOWN 45, YORK SUBURBAN 33: At York Suburban, Dallastown outscored the home team, 41-23, in the first three quarters to build a comfortable lead entering the final quarter. Shannon Thomas and Shae Grim combined for 26 points and five 3-point baskets to lead the Wildcats. Alexis Gettle had nine points for Suburban. Dallastown improved its unbeaten record in Division I to 8-0. The Wildcats are 12-2 overall.
KENNARD-DALE 54, FAIRFIELD 32: At Fairfield, Kennard-Dale's defense held the Green Knights to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters. The Rams' Sara Tarbert led all scorers with 24 points. Fairfield's Kelley Quealy connected for 14 points.
NORTHEASTERN 54, CENTRAL 37: At Central, Jordyn Kluster led the visitors with 16 points, while Payton Hauck knocked in 11. For the Trojans, Sam Sweeney scored 16 points.
DOVER 47, SOUTH WESTERN 40: At Hanover, Alayah Hall led the Eagles with 19 points, while Marissa McMahon knocked in 12. For the Mustangs, Lauren Schmidt scored 14 points, while Amy Spiglemyer scored 12. Dover improved to 7-0 in York-Adams Division II and 13-0 overall.
NEW COVENANT CHRISTIAN 53, RED LION CHRISTIAN 26: At Red Lion Christian, the Swordsmen led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter, but were held scoreless in the second quarter (14-0) and were unable to make the comeback. Ali Hollingshead led the home team with 14 points.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.