PSY women take down PSU Mont Alto


The Penn State York women's basketball team used a fast start and a strong finish to upend Penn State Mont Alto on Tuesday night, 65-60, at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster.

The local Lions (1-5 Penn State University Athletic Conference, 2-7 overall) raced out to a 23-9 lead after the opening quarter and held a 15-point advantage at halftime, but came unraveled in the third quarter. It was during that frame when Mont Alto (1-5 PSUAC, 6-10 overall) outscored York by 19 to open up a four-point lead going into the final quarter. But, the Lady Lions responded with a 17-8 fourth quarter to earn the five-point victory.

York got a 24-point effort from Katie McNamara, who knocked down four of five 3-point attempts, to lead all scorers. Three other local Lions finished in double figures, with Karra Thomason going for 12, while Charizma Johnson and Courtney Weibley each had 10. Bradania Harrington finished with nine points to round out the scoring for the starting five, the only members of the team to score in the game.

PSU York men lose close one: The local Lions' men's team lost a close game to Mont Alto, 81-77.

York (4-3 PSUAC, 5-10 overall) led by 13 at halftime, but let that lead slip away, getting outscored 49-32 in the final 20 minutes by Mont Alto (8-0 PSUAC, 14-3 overall). The defeat would've been by far the local Lions' biggest of the year, coming against the PSUAC's top team.

Trent Thomas scored a game-high 22 points for York, while Lucas Jewell added 16, Judd Gemmill finished with 12 and Damien Hamler rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11.

The local Lions shot lights out in the first half, making 53 percent of their shots, but saw that number plummet to 31 percent in the second half, while Mont Alto shot 52 percent.