York College senior Katie Wagner became the 15th player in York College women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points during Wednesday's win vs. Wesley. Wagner and head coach Betsy Witman discussed the achievement after the game. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
There might not be a better example of Katie Wagner's valuable, versatile game than her milestone-producing outburst on Wednesday night.
Wagner’s signature, do-it-all style was all over a York College hot stretch that helped the women's basketball team score an 83-48 victory over visiting Wesley College. That surge also saw Wagner make history along the way.
During the win, the Susquehannock High School graduate eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career, albeit in a fashion that wasn’t expected.
“It feels amazing that (scoring 1,000) was at home,” Wagner said. “That the guys' team could be here, my parents could be here, everyone else on the team, their parents. It was just amazing that it could all work out like that.”
With the Spartans ahead 17-9 late in the first quarter, Wagner registered her first basket after collecting an offensive rebound. She followed that up by burying the first of her two-first half 3-pointers.
Wagner then collected her second steal of the night and took it the distance to complete a personal 7-0 run for York College that increased the Spartans’ lead to 24-9 with under a minute left in the opening quarter.
She would then dish out two of her five first-half assists in helping York stretch the margin to 28-15 early in the second quarter. After a Wolverines basket to make 28-17, Wagner’s milestone moment came.
Wagner raced the in-bounds pass up the floor before sending a pass over to Sam Mocniak atop the right wing.
With the defense shifting over toward her, Mocniak quickly kicked it back to an open Wagner at the top of the arc. Wagner set and buried her distance attempt to give her 1,000 points for her York College career and put the Spartans ahead 31-17 with 7:32 left in the second quarter.
“I was nervous,” Wagner said about releasing her milestone maker. “But they were zoning us, so there were a lot of open shots. So that kind of made it nerve-wracking, being wide open for a 3. I like layups.”
Wagner, who is also the career leader in women’s tennis singles victories at the school, becomes the 15th Spartan in program history to cross the 1,000-point plateau. Wagner also passed the 1,000-point mark during her high school career at Susquehannock.
“Katie has been a great player for us for four years and I knew she’d get it (1,000 points) tonight,” Spartans head coach Betsy Whitman said. “I didn’t think she’d get it on a 3-pointer, that was kind of not typical for Katie. Although we know she can shoot, I figured it would come from a fast break or transition. ...But it was kind of cool that it was a 3-pointer.”
Wagner scored the Spartans next basket as well, finishing a stretch that saw her score or assist on 16 straight points for York.
She finished Wednesday’s game with a game-high 18 points to go along with seven assists, seven rebounds and three steals. Wagner also ended the night with a career total of 1,008 points.
Mocniak finished with 13 points and Red Lion graduate Morgan Kuehne added 10 more for the Spartans.
Wagner currently leads the Spartans in scoring at 14.1 points per game, she’s also the team’s leader in assists per game at 2.9 and is tops in steals with 42 on the year.
It’s all helped lead her team to a 13-7 record. The Spartans are also third in the Capital Athletic Conference with a 9-4 mark.
Next up for York is a Saturday home contest with CAC foe Southern Virginia (12-8, 5-8).
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The triumph moves the Spartans to 18-2 on the season, and York remains in first place in the Capital Athletic Conference with an 11-2 CAC mark.
Matt Scamuffo led the way for the Spartans with a team-high 19 points. York also got 15 points from Dalton Myers and 10 more from Central York grad Jared Wagner.
Trailing by three at halftime, the Spartans used an 8-of-20 performance from beyond the arc in the second half to earn the win.
With the score tied at 46-46, the first of two Mike Frauenheim 3-pointers started a stretch where York knocked down four of seven attempts from distance and took a 58-54 lead midway through the half.
A Blayde Reich 3-pointer, the team's 17th of the night, sealed the outcome by putting York ahead 72-61 with 1:13 left to play.
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