The York College women's basketball team saw its 2012-13 season come to an end Thursday night.
The Spartans lost at Mary Washington, 55-49, in a semifinal contest in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
But it wasn't for a lack of effort. York trailed by just eight, 20-12, at intermission despite shooting just 15.4 percent (4-of-26) from the floor in the first half.
The No. 3-seed Spartans turned their fortunes around in the second half. York made 45.2 percent of its attempts from the floor (14-of-31) and went 9-of-11 from the charity stripe after the break.
Down 34-23 with 10:43 remaining, York then went on an 11-2 run to pull within 36-34 with 6:34 to play.
Twice the Spartans pulled to within one of No. 2-seed Mary Washington (20-7) in the final minutes but were unable to grab the lead.
A pair of free throws from senior guard Loreta Tonuzi brought York to within 52-49 with 25 seconds left.
Mary Washington hit three of its final four free-throw attempts while York committed a turnover and point guard Aja Wallpher (11 points, five assists) missed a three-point shot in the Spartans' final two possessions.
Junior forward Brittany Hicks, a York Catholic grad, scored a team-high 15 points and collected a team-high nine rebounds in the loss.
Teammate Kristen Haley tallied 11 points and seven rebounds while battling foul trouble most of the night. Mary Washington also had three players finish in double figures.
York's women conclude the season with a 20-7 overall record.
The Spartans will likely miss the NCAA Division III tournament after qualifying for the dance the last two seasons.
OTHER LOCAL WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
DELLINGER EARNS CONFERENCE HONORS FOR THIRD TIME: Widener senior guard Kate Dellinger, an Eastern York grad, was named first team All-Commonwealth Conference for a third time. Dellinger, last year's conference Player of the Year, added to her first-team selections from the last two seasons. One of the school's top all-around student-athletes, Dellinger earlier this week was picked second team Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America to become the 46th honoree in school history and the ninth to earn the award at least twice. A fourth team Preseason All-America by D3Hoops.com this season, Dellinger is ninth in the conference with 12 points per game, sixth with 8.9 rebounds per contest, tied for seventh with two steals per game and seventh with 32 minutes per contest. She also has been named to two all-tournament teams and leads the squad with 10 double-doubles. She is seventh in school history with 1,213 points and fourth with 714 rebounds.
HILTZ EXCELS AT LEBANON VALLEY: Eastern York grad Tierney Hiltz, a guard at 19th-ranked Lebanon Valley, was named to the All-Commonwealth Conference second team, one day after helping lead her team into the conference finals with a win over Widener in the semifinals. The senior has led the team in scoring this season and is ranked fourth in the Commonwealth with 13.7 points per game. Hiltz became the 10th player in LVC history to score 1,000 career points, and her 16 points in the semifinal brought her total to 1,017. Additionally, she leads the team in assists with 3.3 and steals with two per game and ranks third in rebounding with 5.1 boards per game.