You can forgive Eastern York girls’ basketball coach Brad Weaver if he feels his team is a lot like the box of chocolates that was mentioned in the movie "Forrest Gump."
The one that goes "life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get."
A night after playing arguably their worst game of the season against West York, Weaver’s club had to turn around and travel to face York Catholic, which is a traditionally tough place to play.
Like that box of chocolates, the team that played poorly against the Bulldogs Tuesday, Jan. 30, was nowhere to be found on the Irish’s home court Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Led by a career night from sophomore Addison Malone, the Knights rolled to an important 56-40 victory over York Catholic.
“I thought that everyone on the team played well together,” Weaver said.
No one played better than Malone, who poured in a career-best 21 points. That mark bested her previous high of 17 points set earlier in the season against Spring Grove.
“Addy Malone had big night …. 21 points and 10 rebounds,” Weaver said. “She’s really been up and down this season, but she’s just a sophomore. And we just told her to come out and just play basketball and I thought that she played really smart tonight.”
Malone sounded like she and the rest of her teammates got Weaver’s message.
“We know that we needed to wake up,” she said. “We knew that we’re on the bubble for districts and that we needed a win. So we all came out hard.”
While Malone and Eastern played relatively smart basketball, the Irish did themselves few favors in handling the basketball. York Catholic committed nearly 20 turnovers in the setback, which prevented the Irish from getting to the .500 mark for the season. Instead, York Catholic dropped to 9-11.
“It’s frustrating because I know that we’re better than we’ve been showing,” York Catholic coach Kevin Bankos said. “And I know that the kids know that they are better than what they’ve been showing. And some of that’s on me. I’ve got to get into the practice realm and figure out best how to utilize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses.”
Generally, one of the Irish strengths over the years under Bankos has been depth and balance. Against Eastern, however, only two players hit double digits in points (Jania Wright, 13, and Catherine Tillotson, 11).
The Knights weren’t much better in that regard, but Malone and Hannah Myers (19 points) proved to be more than enough to carry the load.
“We need wins,” Weaver said after his team improved to 9-10. “And this was a big one.”
Central York 45, Manheim Township 42: At Central, the Panthers won a showdown of District 3 Class 6-A powers. Central improved to 15-4, while Manheim Township fell to 16-4. Manheim came ranked No. 1 in the latest District 3 6-A power ratings, while Central was No. 4. Teirra Preston led Central with 18 points. Central raced out to a 24-14 halftime edge and then held on.
New Oxford 49, West York 45, OT: At New Oxford, Daelyn Stabler had 18 points and Presley Berryhill added 15 to pace the Colonials to the overtime win. Alayna Harris (14), Makennah Hoffman (13) and Angie Hawkins (10) each reached double digits for West York. The game marked the return of West York head coach James Kunkle to New Oxford, where he was the girls' head coach last year. New Oxford improved to 8-10. West York fell to 11-10.
Harrisburg Christian 36, Christian School of York 23: At Harrisburg, CSY saw its 11-game winning streak ended. The two teams are now tied for the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference lead at 9-1. CSY fell to 14-3 overall, Harrisburg Christian improved to 10-2. The loss avenged Harrisburg Christian's loss to CSY on Dec. 22, 39-31. Claire Harbaugh had 12 points to lead CSY.
Muhlenberg 51, York High 31: At York, Jae Fitch scored nine points for York High in a losing cause.
Dallastown 60, Spring Grove 43: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats trailed 29-27 at halftime but dominated the second half, 33-14. Will Barton's 18 points paced Dallastown, while Braden Caldwell added 11. Drew Gordon and Elijah Taylor had 11 points each for Spring Grove. Dallastown improved to 12-8 overall and 6-7 in York-Adams Division I.
Harrisburg Christian 56, Christian School of York 50: At Harrisburg, Tate Pendell poured in 28 points and Alex Pantelac added 10 in a losing effort for CSY. Pendell scored his 1,000th point on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first quarter. Pendell finished with five 3-pointers.
Susquehannock 69, Hanover 47: At Glen Rock, Hunter Sentz had 18 points to lead the Warriors. Jordan McMillion, Will Ogude and Jake Mahan each added 10 points for the winners.
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