Will Division I teams continue dominance in York-Adams League tournament semifinals?
- Division I teams went 6-0 in the York-Adams quarterfinals between both tournaments.
- They won by an average of 19.67 points and make up six of the final eight teams.
- The Gettysburg girls and Littlestown boys are the only two non-D-I teams remaining.
The quarterfinals of the York-Adams League boys’ and girls’ basketball playoffs can be summarized in three words: Division I dominance.
D-I teams went 6-0 between Friday’s girls’ games and Saturday’s boys’ games. The closest girls’ game was a nine-point win by Spring Grove over Kennard-Dale, while the closest boys’ game was a 10-point New Oxford win over Eastern York.
On average, D-I teams defeated their foes by 19.67 points in the quarterfinals.
Will the semifinals feature more D-I schools flexing their high-enrollment muscles?
Here’s a preview of the four Y-A League tournament semifinal games. The girls’ games will be played on Tuesday at Dallastown High School, and the boys’ contests are on Wednesday at Red Lion High School.
Because of Tuesday's iffy forecast, the girls' semifinals could be postponed. The league will make a decision about those games on Tuesday morning.
South Western (16-5, D-I No. 2) vs. Spring Grove (17-6, D-I No. 3), 6 p.m.: The Rockets are expecting to get Ellie Glass back from a head injury for the semifinal game against the Mustangs.
Glass, the team’s point guard and second-leading scorer at 10.7 points per game, has missed the last three games, including Spring Grove’s 47-38 win over D-II champion Kennard Dale in the quarterfinals.
South Western throttled York Catholic 53-20 last Friday, scoring 20 points in the third quarter and holding the Irish to fewer than seven in each period.
The two squads split their regular-season contests, with the home team winning both times. Spring Grove defeated South Western 51-38 in the first match-up, and the Mustangs topped the Rockets 58-56 earlier this month — a game Glass didn’t play in.
Dallastown (20-2, D-I No. 1) vs. Gettysburg (19-4, D-II No. 2), 7:30 p.m.: The Wildcats haven’t lost since a 39-36 overtime defeat against South Western on Dec. 22.
They’ve won 16 straight games, including a 42-29 triumph over Susquehannock in the quarterfinals. Dallastown shot 53 percent in the victory and held the Warriors to fewer than 10 points in every quarter.
Gettysburg downed D-III champion Delone Catholic, which went undefeated in division play, 54-47 last Friday. Anne Bair and Cheyenne Proctor, two of the highest-scoring players in the Y-A League, both scored 17 points for the Warriors.
Dallastown and Gettysburg haven’t played this season, though they share common opponents in Susquehannock and New Oxford. Gettysburg went 2-0 against Susquehannock, winning by six and 20 points, respectively, and topped New Oxford 47-40 early in the season. The Wildcats are 2-0 against New Oxford, winning by double digits in both games. Dallastown beat Susquehannock by two points.
Central York (17-5, D-I No. 2) vs. New Oxford (17-5, D-I No. 3), 6 p.m.: These two teams ended in a tie for second place in D-I at 11-3.
They will be able to settle the argument about which team deserves second-place honors — and possibly earn a third match-up against York High in the final — in the semifinals.
The Panthers entered the tournament as one of the hottest teams, and following their 74-43 win over York Tech in the quarterfinals, the Panthers have won 10 of their last 11 games. Central is also 2-0 against New Oxford this season, defeating the Colonials 77-59 in December and 66-61 in January.
New Oxford, meanwhile, handed York High one of its two D-I losses and leads the league in 3-pointers at 148 (6.7 per game) and is the only non-D-III team to allow fewer than 50 points per game at 49.8. The Colonials are coming off a 54-44 win over D-II champion Eastern York in the quarterfinals.
York High (18-3, D-I No. 1) vs. Littlestown (22-1, D-III No. 1), 7:30 p.m.: Both teams had large single-quarter outputs on Saturday at Central York High School.
The Bearcats went on a 28-7 run in the second quarter to silence Dover en route to a 75-53 victory. A few hours earlier, the Thunderbolts defeated West York 73-63 following a 26-8 run in the third quarter.
To continue the similarities between the two squads, arguably the two best players in the Y-A League will play in this match-up. Littlestown’s Logan Collins is scoring 22.7 points per game, while York High’s Clovis Gallon Jr. is averaging 20 a game. Collins is second in the league in points per game, while Gallon Jr. is sixth.
In the quarterfinals, both players also played like two of the top players in the league. Collins scored 25 points and Gallon Jr. tallied 26. Both had terrific nights from behind the arc, as well, knocking down five 3-pointers apiece. Gallon Jr. also rocked the rim twice on dunks that kept momentum solidly on York High’s side.
The two teams haven’t played this season and their only common opponent is Spring Grove. Littlestown defeated the Rockets 75-46 in mid-January. York High, meanwhile, topped the Rockets twice by an average margin of 48.5 points.
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