Behind double-digit scoring performances by three York County products, the York College women's basketball team kicked off the 2017-18 season with a 67-61 home victory over McDaniel College on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Red Lion graduate Morgan Kuehne, Dallastown grad Katie McGowan and Susquehannock grad Katie Wagner were the only three Spartans to reach double figures for the game, but were all York needed for the win.
The Spartans raced out to a 12-point lead by the end of the first quarter, but saw that lead cut in half by halftime, leading 36-30. A strong third quarter extended York's cushion back up to 12 going into the fourth and was enough to withstand the Green Terror's fourth-quarter push.
Kuehne and McGowan each poured in game high's of 14 points, while Wagner was just behind them with 13 points. Kuehne and McGowan each also pulled in seven rebounds and Wagner, again, just trailed them with six.
The Spartans will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 17 at home against The College of New Jersey in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
OTHER COLLEGE NOTES
Comeback falls short for wrestling: The York College wrestling team's comeback attempt against Elizabethtown fell short, losing the dual match, 22-19.
After dropping the first four matches of the bout and falling behind, 15-0, the Spartans rebounded to eventually be level going into the final bout. However, Stefanos Karpontinis dropped a 3-1 decision at 285 pounds for the Blue Jays (1-0) to steal the victory.
York (0-1) did actually hold a 19-15 advantage at one point, courtesy of four consecutive bout victories. But, losses in the final two bouts of the evening cost the team the win.
Eric Hutchingson got the Spartans on the board with a pin at 157 pounds and Jackson Drum followed suit with a 5-2 decision at 165 pounds. David Keith scored a major decision at 174 pounds and a forfeit for Frankie Krauss at 184 put York in front and accounted for the team's victories on the evening.
PSU York men's hoops earns win: The Local Lions used a big offensive performance to down Thaddeus Stevens, earning a 95-66 home victory.
Penn State York poured in 53 points in the opening half and built a 24-point lead at halftime to set the tone of the game.
Richard Grant scored a game-high 24 points for the Local Lions, while Joey O'Dwyer added 22. Off the bench, Jonny Sutton scored 11 to join the party of double-digit scorers.
The win was PSU York's third consecutive win, improving to 3-1 on the year.
PSU York women's hoops falls on the road: The Lions were outscored in the first three quarters of their road game against Valley Forge, falling, 77-54.
Emily Colon scored a team-high 15 points for PSU York (1-2), while Kayla Miller dropped 13 and Sky Warner added 10.
The Lions shot just 29 percent from the field, 20 percent on 3-pointers and 42 percent from the free throw line.