The last time that the Red Lion and York Catholic girls' basketball teams clashed, it was for the York-Adams Tournament championship.
Red Lion won, 61-35, in the 2012 final at York College.
The Lady Lions and Fighting Irish will meet in the tournament again this year, but the 2013 matchup will take place in the opening round.
The game features a York Catholic team on a serious roll (21 consecutive victories and the York-Adams Division IV title) against a Red Lion team that won 15 games despite heavy graduation losses.
The Lady Lions-vs.-Fighting Irish game is among a number of interesting girls' quarterfinals in a tournament that, unlike the boys' event, doesn't have an overwhelming favorite.
Dover, which put together a perfect 22-0 regular season and won the Division II title, could be considered the girls' team to beat.
After all, the Eagles' 2012-13 resume includes victories over three tournament teams -- West York, Red Lion and Dallastown. Those three clubs have a combined record of 50-16. Dover didn't play four other tournament teams -- York Catholic, Delone Catholic, Eastern York or Kennard-Dale -- in the regular season.
Dover will take on Kennard-Dale, and its star player, Sara Tarbert, in the quarterfinals. Tarbert earned an NCAA Division I scholarship to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She's the league's leading scorer with a 23.9 average. Alayah Hall heads up a balanced Dover attack with 14.6 points a game.
West York will meet Eastern in a clash of the Division I and Division III champions. The Bulldogs, despite losing their leading scorer, Sarah Shearer (13 points a game), to a knee injury, carried on brilliantly by winning the division title after moving to Division I this season.
Kari Lankford pops in 11.2 points a game for the Bulldogs, and Emily Wood went off for 36 points in Tuesday's 59-50 victory over Red Lion.
West York defeated Eastern, 75-44, when the teams played in the first month of the season. The Golden Knights fell to 2-4 with that loss, but they've won 14 of 16 games since the Dec. 17 contest. Elizabeth Myers (13.6) and Morgan Thomas (13.5) are Eastern's top scorers.
Dallastown vs. Delone Catholic is the other girls' quarterfinal game. The Wildcats split two games with both Red Lion and West York. Delone lost to West York and didn't play Dallastown. The Squirettes did push York Catholic into overtime on Tuesday night before falling, 48-43.
Shae Grim (11.1) is Dallastown's top scorer, and Maddie Comly (14.3) leads Delone's scoring list.
The girls' will get the playoff action started on Friday, followed by the boys' games on Saturday.
York High boys look strong: The York High boys' are bidding for a fifth straight appearance in the championship game, and based on their body of work so far, it will be no surprise if they're on the court at York College in the Friday, Feb. 15 final.
The Bearcats are 20-2 overall, with the losses coming at the hands of Williamsport and Lancaster McCaskey. Coach Troy Sowers' team is riding a 14-game winning streak after winning its fifth straight Division I title.
Tavon Parker (19.8), Derek Wilson (13.2) and Ramel Stephens (11.1) all average in double figures for the Bearcats, and Jahaire Wilson, Derek's younger brother, is just under 10 a game at 9.8.
York High will open the York-Adams playoffs by taking on Bermudian Springs. The Adams County team counts on the scoring of Neil Murren (12.3) and Austin Hartzell (10.5).
The other quarterfinal matchups are: South Western vs. Eastern, York Suburban vs. Northeastern and Delone Catholic vs. Dallastown.
South Western, which finished second to York High in Division I, relies on the scoring tandem of Parker Bean (19.9) and Mike Duffy (15.1). Dalton Reichard (16.6) and Broguen Nicholas (11.7) lead Eastern, which tied with York Suburban for the Division III crown.
York Suburban and Northeastern will clash in a playoff game for the third straight year. The Trojans, won, 68-58, in last year's York-Adams Tournament, and the Bobcats prevailed, 51-47, in a District 3 Class AAA game two years ago. Mount St. Mary's recruit Khalid Nwandu is Northeastern's leading scorer at 21.4 points a game. That's the best average in the York-Adams League. York Suburban's Evan Eberhardinger is not too far behind Nwandu at 20.6 points a contest.
The trio of Devon Moore (15.7), Brett Smith (13.8) and Andrew Austin (10.7) power Delone Catholic, which captured Division IV. Dallastown has two double-figure scorers, Ethan Sutton (13.9) and Ben Doorn (10.4), and Mike Gibbs is delivering 9.9 points a game.
York-Adams basketball committee chairman, Marty Trimmer of Central York, announced that if inclement weather on Friday causes the girls' games to be postponed, they will be played at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the same sites (Dover and Dallastown).
Dick Vanolinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin firstname.lastname@example.org or at 505-5407.