With the clock winding down in the final minutes of what would be a tough loss, Dallastown junior forward Katie McGowan tossed a shot off the glass that circled the basket three times before rimming out.
The Wildcats' second-leading scorer remained scoreless and Dallastown's offensive struggles continued.
A moment later, the second of two free throws from Dover's Lindsey Fowler banged up off the back of the basket and came down wedged between the rim and the glass. To get the ball loose, officials allowed 6-foot Dallastown junior forward Amari Johnson, who had fouled out a minute earlier, to come off the bench and tip the ball out. On top of all that, the officials ruled that when a ball becomes wedged against the glass, the resulting call is a jump ball, which gave possession back to the visiting Eagles to run out the remaining 16.7 seconds.
Those final plays summed up a 39-21 York-Adams League loss for Dallastown on Monday night, allowing Dover (12-0 overall, 7-0 league) to remain undefeated and atop the Division II standings.
Dover used a 2-3 zone throughout the night to hold McGowan and Johnson, Dallastown's leading scorer, to a combined four points. The Wildcats shot 8-of-46 from the floor (17.4 percent). Johnson made 2 of her 15 attempts.
"That was the plan, to make them shoot shots from the outside," Dover coach Troy Lokhaiser said. "They have two 6-footers, Amari (Johnson) and McGowan are two nice players and we tried to limit their touches tonight."
Dallastown (11-4, 6-3), the second-place team in Division I, had previously struggled against zones earlier in the season, including last week's 41-30 setback against Division I-leader West York.
"I don't think it's beating the zone. I think that it's making a shot," Dallastown coach Mary Manlove said on pinpointing her team's needed improvements. "Our inability to make shots when it matters and be poised and gathered and confident with the basketball is what we're struggling with."
Dover led 11-4 after the first quarter and 23-14 at intermission. The third quarter featured a 3-pointer from Dover's Megan Lokhaiser and zero points from the Wildcats, with the Eagles leading 26-14 going into the final period. Alex Lehman's free throw with 5:08 to play marked Dallastown's first points of the second half.
"Defensively to hold a team to 39 points is great," Manlove said. "But offensively to only be able to put up 21 points, our inability to make a shot is what's causing losses for us right now."
Dover made 13-of-36 attempts from the floor (36.1 percent), with senior guard Alayah Hall (14 points) and junior forward Marissa McMahon (12 points) making up most of the offense. The duo scored 20 of the Eagles' 23 first-half points.
Dover next faces an even larger hurdle Wednesday when it travels to Division I-leader West York.
OTHER GIRLS' BASKETBALL
Susquehannock 53, Central York 48 (OT): At Central, Makenzie Fancher hit a 3-point field in extra time to help the Warriors to the victory. Fancher ended the game with seven points. Shannon Druck scored 15 points for Susquehannock, including an 8-for-10 night from the charity stripe, while Katie Wagner scored 12. For the Panthers, Alexis Balanda and Emma Saxton each scored 12 points. As a team, Susquehannock shot 23-for-29 from the charity stripe, including 5-for-7 in overtime. Susquehannock (10-3 overall) improved to 5-2 in York-Adams Division II.
West York 44, York Suburban 35: At West York, the Bulldogs trailed by three entering the final quarter (29-26), but the home team rallied to outscore the visitors 18-6 in the final quarter. Kari Lankford scored 12 points for West York, while LeAsjia Jamison scored 11 and Sela Fuhrman knocked in 10. For the Trojans, Katherine Weaver scored 12 points. West York improved to 8-0 in York-Adams Division I and 11-2 overall.
York Catholic 62, Bermudian Springs 36: At York Catholic, Anne Lehr led the Irish by scoring 18 points. Japriya Carroll knocked in 14 points, including four 3-pointers, while Courtney Demonda scored 12. For the Eagles, Abby Hoffman scored 13 points. York Catholic improved to 5-1 in York-Adams Division IV and 9-1 overall.
Spring Grove 38, New Oxford 32: At Spring Grove, the Rockets led by 10 (32-22) entering the final quarter of play and hung on. Morgan Arden led the Rockets with 17 points, including 6-for-7 at the charity stripe. For the Colonials, Jensen Sneeringer scored 11 points.
Northeastern 47, South Western 42: At Hanover, the Bobcats out scored the Mustangs 15-10 in the final quarter. Payton Hauck led the Bobcats with 19 points. Teammate Jordyn Kloster knocked in 18. For the Mustangs, Holly Arey scored 15 points.
Eastern York 54, Biglerville 40: At Biglerville, Morgan Thomas led the Golden Knights with 26 points. For the Canners, Katie Camara scored 12 points. Eastern improved to 4-1 in York-Adams Division III and 6-4 overall, while Biglerville fell to 3-3 in Division IV and 8-4 overall.
Delone Catholic 63, Kennard-Dale 34: At McSherrystown, Mary Gingrow led the Squirettes with 15 points. Maddie Comly scored 12 and Katie Laughman scored 10. For the Rams, Katelyn Trott scored 14. Delone Catholic improved to 6-1 in York-Adams Division IV and 11-2 overall. K-D fell to 5-2 in Division III and 6-6 overall.
Red Lion Christian 58, Rosedale Baptist 46: At Red Lion, Taylor Hill had 13 points and 33 rebounds to pace RLC. Liz Baker had 19 points for the winners, while Ali Hollingshead added 12 points. Casey Kuczynski added 10 rebounds and six points. For Rosedale, Bhrianna Jackson scored a game-high 33 points. RLC improved to 7-4.
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