Strong closing surge lifts York College women into MAC Commonwealth basketball semifinals

York College's Kayla Ferris, seen here in a file photo, had 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks on Wednesday in a win over Lebanon Valley. She finished 6 for 11 from the field.

A strong closing surge carried the York College women’s basketball team to a playoff triumph on Wednesday night.

The Spartans trailed 29-22 early in the third quarter against Lebanon Valley College in a Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Division quarterfinal at Wolf Gym inside the Grumbacher Center.

From that point, however, the Spartans turned the tables, outscoring LVC 28-15 for the remainder of the game to earn the victory and capture a tournament semifinal berth.

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Kayla Ferris stuffed the stat sheet for York with 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks. She finished 6 for 11 from the field.

Savannah Wilson added 13 points for York. Sophomore Alyssa Hocker enjoyed a career game, pouring in 10 points and grabbing a career-high tying six rebounds in a career-high 21 minutes of play. Hocker finished 4 of 6 from the floor, including a pair of pivotal third-quarter 3-pointers.

No. 3 seed York improved to 20-5, while No. 6 seed LVC finished at 11-15. York went 3-0 vs. LVC this season.

The Spartans picked up their 20th win for the sixth time under head coach Betsy Witman. York's last 20-win season came during the 2015-16 season when York went 20-7. 

The Spartans held the Dutchmen to 30.2% shooting from the floor. York, meanwhile, went 8 for 15 (53.3%) from 3-point range, its highest percentage of the year. LVC struggled from distance, making 4 of 27 from long range (14.8%)

Friday night at 7 p.m., the Spartans will travel to Widener (18-6) for a semifinal contest. Both York and Widener finished 13-3 in MAC Commonwealth regular-season action, but Widener won the playoff tiebreaker to win the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

York split its two games against Widener this season, winning 60-54 at Widener and falling 76-54 at York. The Spartans will enter Friday’s game with a 10-0 mark on the road.

Widener earned its semifinal berth with an 73-58 home victory over No. 7 seed Eastern on Wednesday. Eastern finished 8-18.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ydsports.