DALLASTOWN -- The carryover from the previous two games could be felt from the start of Monday night's contest against visiting Susquehannock. Dallastown's girls missed seven shots on 11 attempts and committed five turnovers.
The host Wildcats appeared to be on the verge of their third straight loss after a three-point setback against Dover and a six-point defeat against York Catholic last week.
"I don't think it was anything they (Susquehannock) were doing specifically. It was just what we weren't doing," Dallastown senior Shae Grim said afterward.
"Catching and facing (the basket), being smart with the ball. We were just anxious. A lot of anxiety. Once we calmed down we were good."
The Wildcats still only shot 37.9 percent in the final three quarters and committed 13 more turnovers the rest of the way. But it was their defense that kept the Warriors cold for the majority of the final three frames en route to a 44-28 victory.
With the win, Dallastown (9-1 Division I, 13-4 overall) stayed atop York-Adams Division I. Third-place Red Lion (7-3, 10-6) comes to town Wednesday.
"This was a critical game for us," Dallastown coach Mary Manlove said. "Dover was a tough loss. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with that game. York Catholic, we just missed opportunities and chances and got beat by a great team. So tonight we were very focused to play four solid quarters on our home court."
The Wildcats outscored Susquehannock (6-4 Division II, 11-5 overall) 13-0 in the second quarter to take a 22-14 lead into intermission. The Warriors pulled to within 28-24 heading into the final quarter before their scoring woes returned.
They made just one of 15 attempts from the floor in the fourth quarter and finished shooting 25 percent (12-of-48) for the game, scoring a combined 24 points in the first and third quarters and a combined four points in the other two frames.
"In the second quarter we must have missed four or five layups underneath. We couldn't put anything in the basket," Susquehannock coach Dave Schreiner said. "It's to the point where I told them we gotta make some changes. We gotta find some consistency."
Although Susquehannock pressed most of the game, Dallastown used its size to its advantage with high passes to push the ball up the floor to get solid buckets in transition. Of the Wildcats' 40 shots from the floor, just three came from beyond the arc.
Grim pumped in a game-high 14 points to pace Dallastown.
"Everyone played well so I think our confidence is back up," Grim said. "Now we just have to keep our eyes set for Red Lion at home."
Red Lion will try to avenge a 45-36 loss to the Wildcats on Dec. 18 when it travels to Dallastown on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. game.
--Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.