DOVER — Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Wednesday’s clash of girls’ basketball unbeatens is that it happened in December.
If the play on the court says anything about what is to come, however, the York Catholic-Dover showdown may well be a preview of another to come in the York-Adams League Tournament.
While that is way too early to be determined, the action at Dover High School Wednesday was well worth the price of admission. The top players on both sides took turns leading their respective teams in a back-and-forth battle. After York Catholic standout Kate Bauhof connected on a 3-pointer to give her team the lead heading into the fourth quarter, however, Dover’s Rajah Fink made sure her team had the final word.
Fink poured in 11 of her team-high 25 points in the final period as the Eagles blitzed the Fighting Irish 21-10 in the final eight minutes en route to a thrilling 72-62 triumph.
Dover improved to 6-0, while York Catholic fell to 3-1.
“This was so much fun,” Fink said.
For the junior, it was her first taste of a big-game atmosphere during her high school career. If Wednesday’s contest was any indicator, she’s ready for more to come.
“Rajah is like a bull in a china shop,” Dover coach Kevin Glover said. “The type of game that Rajah plays … she’s a beast.”
While Fink rallied her team late, she was by no means the only player to do so. Bauhof scored 19 of her game-high 28 points in the first half to help the Irish claim a 34-30 advantage at the intermission.
“Bauhof is a player,” Glover said. “Sometimes you have to make sure you keep four or even six eyes on her at all times. She has tremendous range and she’ll just fire the ball. And she can shoot really good off of her back foot, and that’s something that a lot of defensive players are not ready for. She’s a really great player.”
When the Eagles switched to a 2-3 zone to try to contain Bauhof, her teammate, Jania Wright, stepped up. The Irish junior scored 13 of her 18 points after the break.
Despite the one-two combo of Bauhof and Wright, the Eagles were able to more than hold their own against one of the league’s premier programs. Fink’s older sister, Rayah, finished with 22 points, while outside specialist Alaina Reaver chipped in 10 points, as the Eagles set a season-high in points scored.
“When you’re playing a team like York Catholic, you just have to swing with them,” Glover said. “And we came up on the winning side of it.”
One thing that the Eagles found out about themselves Wednesday is that they are capable of overcoming foul issues. Rayah Fink and Gabby Coley collected their fourth fouls in the third quarter, which put more pressure on Rajah to carry the team while they both sat on the bench.
By the time the horn sounded to conclude Wednesday’s contest, a sense of relief finally came over Rajah Fink.
“Thank goodness it’s over,” Rajah said, with a smile. “It definitely felt satisfying because we’ve worked hard. We didn’t have a practice (Tuesday) because we had a game and we had to try to gain our focus back tonight.”
While the victory is, without a doubt, the biggest one that the Fink sisters have been able to enjoy in their high school careers so far, it doesn’t sound as if they’ll let it get to their heads.
“We’ve already worked hard,” Rajah said. “But we just got to keep working hard if we want to keep getting better.”
Christian School of York 47, Conestoga Christian 21: At Conestoga Christian, Kendis Butler led the Crusaders with 18 points, including three from behind the arc. Teammate Mekenzie Smith knocked in 15 points.
Central York 65, Northeastern 11: At Manchester, the Panthers led by 35 points at halftime, en route to a huge win. Eleven different players scored for Central, led by Teirra Preston’s 13 points.
Eastern York 63, Hanover 15: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights were helped by five forfeits. In competed bouts, Thomas Paulson (132), Dylon Prugar (145), Troy Staats (152), Beshoy Salama (160) and Jahshim Snyder (182) won by pins for Eastern. Hanover got pins from Coleman Weaver (120) and Anthony Shindledecker (220).
South Western 65, West York 18: At Hanover, of the 12 bouts contested, 11 ended in pins. Ethan Wolford (106), John Keating (120), Chase Mowery (126), Jordan Shepard (145), Ethan Baney (152), Cavin Sullivan (160), Cole Stremmel (182) and Nate VanCampen (195) secured pins for South Western. West York’s three bout wins were all by pins, too, with Nathan Townsley (113), Giovanni Giambanco (132) and Claudio Cruz (170) securing six points each.
Gettysburg 53, Susquehannock 21: At Glen Rock, the Adams County Warriors recorded bonus points in all eight bouts that wrestlers competed in and won, securing the road win over the York County Warriors. John Halbrendt (120), Garrett Young (132), Dan Ziegler (145) and Joseph Pecaitis (152) scored pins for Gettysburg. Susquehannock got a run of pins in succession from Jack Allred (195), Lee Cook (220) and Andrew Senft (285).
Central York 7, Annville-Cleona 1: At Klick Lewis Arena, the Panthers dominated the Dutchmen in a game between two of the top four teams in Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League Tier 2. Central scored the game’s first six goals. Luke Rohrbaugh and Cody Rumsey each had two goals for the Panthers, while Rumsey also added an assist. Anthony Tranchitella had a three-assist night. Central moves to 6-4 overall and sits at 12 points, just one point behind A-C (6-4-1) for third place.
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