The Susquehannock girls’ basketball team has already made a few statements this season en route to a 7-1 overall record overall, including a 3-0 mark in York-Adams Division II.
The best, however, may still be around the corner for coach Dave Schreiner and his crew.
After handing rival Kennard-Dale its first loss last week, the Warriors are atop the D-II standings with Gettysburg at the Christmas league break.
Schreiner, who is in his 34th year of coaching both boys and girls, including stints in Wisconsin, Maryland and Pennsylvania, knows that his team’s potential has yet to even be scratched. As the second half of the season kicks into gear, and as the calendar moves into January, the veteran coach is hoping to see more of that potential. The end goal is a long postseason run.
“Besides Jayla (Galbreath) and Jaden (Walker), we’re young,” Schreiner said before Thursday’s 62-55 first-round win over York Catholic at the Central York Holiday Tournament. “We have Kelsie (Gemmill), and Katelyn Duvall is coming around. And Tyler Elliott is a freshman and we have Melanie Tomasic, who’s a junior. They’re all helping out.”
Depth a key: Having depth outside of the Galbreath and Walker, who are both closing in on 1,000 points for their careers, is something that all parties involved in the Warrior program are eager to see come to fruition.
“I think that we’re very versatile,” Walker said. “We have a lot of talented girls on our team and we all work really hard.”
Depth is something that Schreiner has already seen tested this year. In the finals at the tip-off tournament at South Western, the Warriors were unable to show much depth against Kennard-Dale when both Galbreath and Gemmill got into foul trouble in a 53-42 setback.
Fast forward to last Friday when Schreiner and his team scored an impressive 56-37 triumph over the Rams when foul trouble was not a problem.
“If we can stay out of foul trouble, I think that we can compete with pretty much everyone in this league,” Schreiner said.
Approaching milestones: While Schreiner isn’t much for keeping track of milestones — he may be close to or already over 500 career victories as a coach — the countdowns for both Galbreath and Walker are imminent.
According to records kept at The York Dispatch, Walker is 42 points away from 1,000, while Galbreath is 80 points away. Walker had 17 points Thursday night, while Galbreath had eight. Duvall led Susquehannock with 18 points.
To their credit, neither girl is giving much thought to trying to achieve their milestone quickly.
“We’re both just out here trying to play the game,” said Galbreath, who is averaging 14.6 points per game. “I know it will happen for both of us, but we’re just focused on helping our team be the best that it can be.”
While Walker, who is leading the Y-A League in scoring at 17.9 points per game, isn’t pressing either, the circumstances of her reaching the milestone are a little more complicated.
That’s because her parents ping-pong back and forth between Glen Rock and Florida, where her younger brother, Jarace, is now playing basketball.
“With her brother playing in Florida and them kind of going back and forth, we kind of want her parents to know when it might happen,” Schreiner said. “Because we don’t want them to be caught up in Florida when Jaden’s going to reach 1,000.”
Sam Bulik had 18 points to lead York Catholic, while Katy Rader added 10 points.
In Friday's title game, Susquehannock will face Cedar Cliff (6-2), which earned a 41-38 win over the host school. Katie Berman (11) and Katie Fabbri (10) combined for 21 Central points.
Central (5-3) will face York Catholic (4-3) in the consolation game.
Eastern York 46, Spring Grove 38: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights won their own holiday tournament behind 23 points from Cassidy Arnold, accounting for half of Eastern's total. Addison Malone added 10 points for Eastern. Spring Grove was paced by Ellie Glass and Haley Wagman with 11 points each. Eastern is now 3-5, while Spring Grove fell to 5-2.
Manheim Twp. 42, West York 37: The Bulldogs lost to the host school in first-round holiday tournament action. West York led 19-12 at halftime, but couldn't hold on. No one for West York scored more than seven points. West York (3-5) will face Palmyra in Friday's consolation. Palmyra lost to Central Dauphin in the other first-round contest, 45-36.
Northeastern 68, Columbia 54: The Bobcats earned a berth in the title game of their own tournament behind 23 points apiece from Jordan Jennings and Logan Jennings. Northeastern (2-6) will face Elizabethtown in the title game. E-Town earned a 48-31 win over West Perry in the other first-round contest.
York Suburban 34, Manheim Central 28: The Trojans moved to the championship game of their own holiday tournament. Alyssa Hocker scored 18 points to account for more than half of Suburban's total. Suburban (3-4) will face South Western in Friday's final. The Mustangs (6-2) beat Donegal, 48-40, in the other first-round game.Hanover 39, York Country Day 36: At the Hanover Tournament, the Nighthawks earned the first-round win behind 12 points from Tianna Gray. No one for YCD hit double digits.
Kennard-Dale 54, Hanover 50: The Rams advanced to the championship game of the holiday tournament in Hanover behind 25 points from Carter Day. Wyatt McCleary added 10 points for K-D (4-4), which will play Camp Hill (5-1) in Friday's title game. Camp Hill beat Columbia, 76-61. Hanover (2-7) will meet Columbia (3-6) in the consolation game.
Northeastern 73, Ephrata 52: The Bobcats rolled into the title game of the holiday tournament at West York behind 21 points from Brandon Michael, 18 points from Nate Wilson and 14 points from Andrew Brodbeck. Northeastern improved to 7-1 and will face West York (7-0) in Friday's much-anticipated final. West York won the other first-round game over Conrad Weiser, 67-46.
West York 67, Conrad Weiser 46: Alex McClellan (14), Gabe Mummert (14), Jared Shearer (12) and Kelvin Matthews (11) each reached double digits in points to pace a balanced Bulldogs attack.
Red Lion 37, York Catholic 28: In a defensive struggle at Red Lion, the host team advanced to the championship game of the Robert Griffith Classic to benefit Special Olympics. Red Lion was without its leading scorer, 6-foot-5 sophomore Davante Dennis, who recently suffered a broken hand. Phil Douglass and Zach Mentzer each had nine points to lead Red Lion (4-3). Eric Phelps had 12 points for York Catholic (2-6). Red Lion will face Bethlehem Catholic (5-2) in Friday's final. Bethlehem Catholic beat York Suburban in the other first-round game, 76-51. Suburban fell to 3-5.
Bethlehem Catholic 76, York Suburban 51: Anthony Brown had 14 points and Alex Fuhrman added 10 in a losing cause for Suburban.
New Oxford 49, Dover 41: At New Oxford, Victor Dorm scored 24 of Dover's 41 points in a first-round holiday tournament loss to the Colonials. Waynesboro beat Bermudian Springs 60-30 in the other first-round contest. Dover (5-4) will meet Bermudian (0-7) in Friday's consolation game, while New Oxford (6-2) and Waynesboro (6-1) square off tor the title.
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