The York College women's basketball team probably shouldn't have had as much trouble as it did against St. Mary's College on Wednesday night, especially at home.
But, it did, which forced the Spartans to have to come from behind to earn the 54-48 victory at the Grumbacher Center.
The Spartans (12-4 in the Capital Athletic Conference, 18-5 overall) entered the night three spots ahead of the Seahawks (5-11 CAC, 7-16 overall) in the conference standings. However, it was St. Mary's who came out like the better of the two sides, holding a 28-23 lead at halftime.
But, it didn't take the Spartans long to respond, outscoring the Seahawks 19-11 in the third quarter, erasing the five-point deficit, and claiming a three-point advantage heading into the final quarter. York College finished the game out by holding St. Mary's to just nine points in the final quarter to secure the victory, despite shooting just 29 percent from the field, 14 percent from 3-point land and turning the ball over 22 times.
Even though 11 Spartans scored in the game, only Beth Wiseley scored in double figures, finishing with a team-high 10 points. York wrapped up no worse than the No. 4 seed in the upcoming CAC tournament with three regular-season games to play.
York men fall: After a stellar start to the beginning of the season, things continued to go south for the York College men's team on Wednesday, losing 82-72 at home to St. Mary's.
A slow start hurt the Spartans (5-10 CAC, 9-13 overall) against the Seahawks (7-8 CAC, 11-11 overall). York was outscored by seven after 20 minutes. York shot 50 percent from the field, but couldn't get any timely stops against the St. Mary's offense, which shot 56 percent from the field and capitalized on a 28-9 points-off-of-turnovers advantage.
The Spartans got a team-high 23 points from Matt Scamuffo, while Dalton Myers added 22 and Blayde Reich finished with 10.
Thomas again shines for PSY men: The Penn State York men's basketball team continued its strong play in Penn State University Athletic Conference play, posting a 78-66 win over Penn State Brandywine at the Brandywine Athletic Center.
The local Lions (11-3 PSUAC, 12-10 overall) jumped out to a 30-22 first-half lead and then picked up their scoring, dropping in 48 points in the second half to slowly pull away from Brandywine (5-8 PSUAC, 6-16 overall).
One game after dropping 49 points for PSY, Red Lion grad Trent Thomas led all scorers in the game with 28 points in this one. He shot 12 of 20 from the field, helping the team's 46 percent field goal percentage. Damien Hamler posted a 13-point, 13-rebound effort for PSY, while Northeastern grad Mike Coleman chipped in with 12 points. Justin Luton was the final Local Lion to reach double figures, finishing with 10 points.
PSYork women lose: The Penn State York women's basketball team saw its tough season continue on Wednesday night, losing a 59-44 contest to Penn State Brandywine.
The local Lions (2-11 PSUAC, 3-13 overall) were outscored by 20 points over the first three quarters before scoring 17 points in the fourth to narrow their loss to just 15 points. Brandywine (8-4 PSUAC, 15-8 overall) didn't shoot lights out in the game, but its 31 percent field goal percentage was still better than York's 28 percent effort.
Kara Thomason scored a team-high 13 points for PSY, while Charizma Johnson added 11 and Ashlee Kuntz finished with 10.