York women to play for championship
The York College women's basketball team opened up the ninth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with a 64-30 victory over Newbury College on Saturday night at Charles Wolf Gymnasium.
The Spartans improve to 3-0 with the win while the Nighthawks fall to 0-3 with the setback.
The game was sloppy from the start as the Nighthawks struggled with turnovers and the Spartans struggled to shoot the ball. Despite their shooting woes, the Spartans did get off to an 11-1 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Nighthawks worked their way back into the game as they cut their deficit to six with 2:03 remaining in the first. York scored four of the final six points of the quarter to take a 16-8 lead after 10 minutes of play.
York opened the second quarter with five straight points, pushing the lead to 13. Newbury would chip away at the lead again and drew to within six at 26-20 on a Christina Babcock three pointer with 3:03 left in the half. The Spartans responded by scoring on three layups over the final 1:22 of the half to take a 32-20 lead to the locker room.
The third quarter saw the teams go back and forth early in the quarter. The Spartans then went on a 9-0 run to turn a ten point lead into a 19 point bulge. The Spartans would push the lead to 22 late in the quarter on a Sam Hruz (White Marsh, Md./Mercy) triple from the left wing.
The fourth quarter would be all about the Spartan defense as York held Newbury to just a single point in the period. The Green and White outscored the Nighthawks 14-1 as the Spartans secured the 34 point win.
Hruz led the Spartans as she notched her first double-double of the year with 16 points and a season-high 12 rebounds in her 23 minutes of play. Hruz was 5-for-11 from the floor, 1-for-3 from three and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Sophomore Morgan Kuehne (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) played well for York as she recorded a career-high 14 points and a career-high four steals. Kuehne was 4-for-9 from the floor and 6-for-10 from the stripe. Kuehne also had five rebounds and an assist in the win. Sophomore Katie Wagner (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) added eight points, five rebounds, and a career-high five steals in the win.
Newbury got nine points and seven rebounds from Destiny Spears. Katelyn Roeser contributed four points, a team-high nine rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot for Newbury.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 31.4% from the floor including an ice cold 1-for-18 (5.6%) from three. York was 19-for-31 (61.3%) from the free throw line. The Spartans held Newbury to 21.2% shooting in the game as the Nighthawks were 11-for-52 from the floor. Newbury was at 12.9% (4-for-31) in the second half. Newbury went 3-for-16 (18.8%) from three and 5-for-10 from the stripe.
The Spartans forced a season-high 30 turnovers as those miscues cost Newbury 30 points. York had 16 turnovers in the win while they collected a season-high 18 steals. The Spartans dominated on the glass with a 57-41 edge in rebounding. The Spartans had a season-high 23 offensive rebounds in the game.
The Spartans will face McDaniel College in the tournament championship game on Sunday at 3:00 pm. The Green Terror downed Worcester State 51-34 in the other tournament semifinal. Sunday's action kicks off with the consolation game as Newbury and Worcester State square off at 1:00 pm.