A few weeks ago, during a loss to Lebanon Valley, the York College women's basketball team received a wake-up call.
Wednesday, Dec. 6, inside Charles Wolf Gymnasium at the Grumbacher Center, the Spartans got another one.
This one, fortunately enough, was answered before it was too late.
Trailing visiting Frostburg State by three points at the half, York came out in the third quarter a more determined bunch.
A pair of Katies — Wagner and McGowan — were especially tenacious.
That duo scored 24 of their combined 35 points in the second half to lead the Spartans to a come-from-behind 61-56 victory over the Bobcats.
York improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference to remain tied for the top spot the standings. Frostburg fell to 5-4 and 1-2.
“We knew that we weren't playing our best, but that we were still right there with them," said Wagner, who scored 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter. "I think (to start the third quarter) we just turned up the energy.”
That energy was fueled by the Katies. McGowan, a Dallastown High School graduate, scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the third stanza, helping York claim a 41-37 advantage after three.
“She was hitting all these layups and getting fouled," Wagner said of McGowan. "She just did real awesome and that's what we needed.”
Wagner took over in the fourth. The Susquehannock grad scored on a layup before draining a 3-pointer to rally York from a 46-43 deficit. Wagner then came up with a pair of big steals that resulted in layups over the final two minutes to ice the game.
“We realized that after beating Mary Washington (Saturday, Dec. 2) that we had to make a statement," Wagner said. "We picked it up and realized just how bad we want it.”
York will likely not be afforded the chance to claw back from a first-half deficit Saturday, Dec. 9, when the Spartans travel to take on Marymount in Virginia. The Saints (6-1, 3-0) sit atop the CAC standings along with York and Christopher Newport (7-0, 3-0).
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