The York College women's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday, falling to Lycoming College in the Hoops for Hounds championship game in Williamsport, 50-48.
The Spartans entered the game 9-0 on the season, but couldn't extend the winning streak into double figures, getting outscored 17-12 in the final quarter by the tournament-host Warriors (7-4).
The title game played out like one, with neither side holding a lead of more than seven throughout the 40 minutes. Lycoming led 14-9 after the opening quarter, but the middle two frames were dominated by York, which outscored the Warriors 27-19 in the second and third quarters to build a three-point advantage going into the fourth.
Susquehannock grad Katie Wagner led the Spartans, scoring a team-high 15 points. She was joined in double figures by Morgan Golec, who finished with 11. No other York player scored more than six points.
The Warriors were led by Shelby Mueller's 13-point game. She was followed by Nicole Calella, who had 11, and Chelsea Henderson's 10-point effort.
The Spartans held the edge in several statistical categories, including rebounds (35-33), turnovers (22-25), bench points (18-16), blocks (3-1), second-chance points (9-3), steals (14-13), points in the paint (26-22) and points off of turnovers (18-13). However, York struggled to shoot the ball, converting just 32 percent from the floor, 56 percent from the free throw line and 11.5 percent (3 for 26) on 3-point attempts.
The Spartans won't be in action again until the new year, when they play host to Penn State-Harrisburg at 1 p.m. Saturday in a Capital Athletic Conference match-up.
Spartan men fall: The York College men’s basketball team lost its opening game of the Louis Fleming Basinger Tournament to Old Westbury, 53-51, on Tuesday night.
The Spartans (6-3) got a team-high 13 points from Dalton Myers, but he was the only team member to reach double figures. The Spartans had trouble slowing down the duo of Lylle Ryals and Stephon Odel, who scored 17 and 14, respectively.
York will now play Washington (Maryland) College in Wednesday’s consolation game, after it lost to tournament-host Lycoming College, 67-56. That game is scheduled to tip off at 1 p.m.