Strong finish helps York College women storm back for ninth consecutive victory

STEVE HEISER
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York College's Kayla Ferris, seen here at right in a file photo, had 24 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals on Wednesday in a comeback win over Widener.

Thanks to a strong finishing surge on Wednesday night, the York College women’s basketball team has now won nine straight games.

York’s win streak appeared in danger when the Spartans fell behind Widener by six points late in the third quarter, 40-34.

From that point on, however, York outscored the home team, 26-14 to grab a 60-54 road victory.

The Spartans improved to 9-1 overall and remained in first place in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth at 4-0. Widener fell to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the Commonwealth.

Kayla Ferris powered York with a career-high 24 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals. She finished 11 for 18 from the field. It was her fifth double-double of the season.

Gettysburg High School graduate Alana Bortner added 13 points and three rebounds, while Delone Catholic grad Bradi Zumbrum added eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Both Bortner and Zumbrum were 4 for 7 from the field. Taylor Burda chipped in a career-high 10 points for the winners.

The keys to the win for York were points in the paint (a 22-14 Spartans edge) and fast-break points (a 12-4 York edge).

York held the Pride to a season-low 54 points on their worst shooting performance of the season at 30.0%. The Spartans shot a season-best 46.7%.

The Spartans travel to Florida to take part in the St. Pete Shootout. York will play a pair of games beginning with a matchup with Barry at 3 p.m. Sunday.

York men fall: The York men weren't as fortunate on Wednesday night, falling at Widener, 82-74.

The Spartans placed four players in double figures: Travis Stoll (career-high 18), Sean Kelly (13), David Guiliani (12) and Chris Miers (11). Guiliani led York with eight rebounds. Stoll also had a career-high four steals.

The Spartans fell to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the MAC Commonwealth. Widener is also 5-4 overall and improved to 1-3 in the MAC Commonwealth.

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