GLEN ROCK -- Trailing by as many as 16 points in the second half against West York Thursday night, it didn't seem like timeouts would be an issue for Susquehannock girls' basketball coach Dave Schreiner.
But after a furious rally in the fourth quarter by his Warrior squad, Schreiner was left to wonder if he could have utilized his five timeouts better.
The Suquehannock coach took four timeouts in the last four minutes of the game when his team cut into the Bulldogs' 46-34 lead. The Warriors eventually cut the deficit to 50-45 with 43.2 seconds left when Schreiner used his fourth game-stoppage.
After sophomore Mallory Lebo knocked down a 3-pointer with 17.0 seconds left to make it a 50-48 lead, the Warrior coach called his last timeout.
That proved to be pivotal after West York's Kari Lankford hit a pair of free throws with 11.0 seconds remaining. Lebo drained another 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left, but Lankford understood the situation and refused to inbound the ball as time expired to seal a 52-51 victory for the Bulldogs in the York-Adams League opener for both sides.
"It's one of those things," Schreiner said. "We ran out of seconds and I ran out of timeouts. I know I used one for sure when I thought that I should have let that go and just let them play through it. I was just trying to lengthen the game a little bit."
The Warriors (2-1 overall, 0-1 Division II) were able to frustrate the visitors with their pressure in the fourth period, where they outscored West York 24-10. Lebo and Shannon Druck were the driving forces in the Warriors' rally. Lebo scored all nine of her points in the fourth period, while Druck poured in eight of her game-high 20 points.
"Their press is nasty," said West York coach Jon Shultz, whose team turned the ball over 28 times. "And I think we became a little bit complacent also in the half court. I think we got into the mentality of 'run clock, run clock' and had a few balls kicked out of bounds."
While Schreiner and company would have loved to have one more timeout to use after Lebo's triple, he was fully aware that his team's play over the first three quarters was a major factor in his team's demise. The Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 Division I) owned the second period. They won that stanza 16-4 to go up 30-17 at intermission.
"We just didn't come out and get after it," Schreiner said.
West York suffered through a similar issue on Monday in a season-opening loss to Trinity. The Bulldogs played poorly in the third quarter of that contest, which was a point of emphasis Thursday against the Warriors.
"We settled for long shots (Monday)," Shultz said. "We shot somewhere around 11 (3-pointers) and that's not our game. Our game is to get it inside and attack and I think we did a good job of that. I think we only shot (four) 3s."
West York was also able to get a lot of big contributions from role players Thursday. While standout guards Emily Wood (10 points) and Lankford (12 points) will usually carry a lot of the scoring load, sophomores Elle Stine (12 points), Katie Tallman (nine points) and junior LeAsjia Jamison (four points) came up big in key moments.
"They all played very well today," Lankford said. "They finished so much better. It was a huge improvement from Trinity. Today they just finished great and just stepped up."
While Lankford tied with Stine for a team high in points, perhaps just as important was her rebounding prowess. The junior guard led all players with 15 rebounds. The Bulldogs once against owned the boards for the second game in a row. West York held a sizeable 47-25 edge in rebounding.
"I know we got out-rebounded and it wasn't good," said a clearly disappointed Schreiner.
Katie Wagner, who scored her team's first five points, was held in check after that. The team's leading scorer from a year ago got into foul trouble late in the first quarter and finished with nine points.
Neither side will have much time to rest. Both are right back at it Friday. The Bulldogs will host Spring Grove (2-1) while Susquehannock will face South Western (0-2).
OTHER GIRLS' BASKETBALL
Dover 51, York High 32 At York High, Alayah Hall scored 14 points to lead Dover. Marissa McMahon added 10. York's Chyna Steele also scored 14.
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