There's still plenty of drama left in York-Adams League girls' basketball title races
- The York-Adams girls' basketball titles in D-I and D-II are still up in the air.
- Central York can clinch the outright D-I title with a win Monday vs. Spring Grove.
- Gettysburg and West York are tied for the D-II lead at 12-1. Each has one game left.
There's no uncertainty left in the chase for the York-Adams League boys' basketball division championships.
On the girls' side, however, there's still plenty of drama left.
The final night of regularly-scheduled league games was Friday, but because of some postponements, there are still several pivotal girls' contests set for early this week.
In the Division I girls' race, Central York (17-3 overall, 10-1 in D-I) can capture the outright division championship with a home win Monday against Spring Grove. That is, however, hardly a slam-dunk outcome. Just last week, the Panthers were forced to the wire before subduing the Rockets, 49-47.
Spring Grove has been playing well of late, winning 10 of its last 12 games. That surge has coincided with the return of one of the Rockets' better players (Ellie Glass) from a knee injury.
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With a win, the Rockets (15-5 overall) would tie Dallastown (14-7 overall) for third place in the final D-I standings at 8-4. That is key, since only the top three teams from D-I will qualify for the upcoming Y-A playoffs. With a Spring Grove win Monday, that third spot would likely have to be decided with a play-in game on Wednesday, because none of the other league tiebreakers (head-to-head games or record vs. other D-I foes, from top to bottom) would break the tie. Dallastown and Spring Grove split during the regular season.
The Red Lion girls will be more than a little interested in the outcome of Monday's Spring Grove-Central game. If the Rockets can beat the Panthers, the Lady Lions (18-4, 10-2) will share the division crown with Central. A coin toss will determine the top D-I seed for the league playoffs.
D-II girls' race also undecided: The D-II girls' race is also still undecided. Gettysburg (19-2 overall) and West York (18-3 overall) are tied for the division lead at 12-1.
Gettysburg plays host to York Suburban (14-6, 8-5) on Tuesday, while West York is at Kennard-Dale (12-9, 4-9) that same night.
A Suburban win vs. Gettysburg would allow the Trojans to finish tied for third in the division with Eastern York (16-6 overall) at 9-5 and would earn Suburban a Y-A playoff berth because Suburban, under that scenario, would split with Gettysburg in the regular season, while Eastern has lost twice to Gettysburg. A Gettysburg win over Suburban gives Eastern the third-place spot in D-II. Eastern and Suburban split in the regular season.
If both Gettysburg and West York win, a coin toss will determine the top seed from D-II for the league playoffs.
Delone finished unbeaten regular season: The D-III girls' title has been decided. Delone Catholic has finished a dominant season at 22-0 overall and 12-0 in D-III.
The Squirettes, the defending PIAA Class 3-A state champions, are ranked No. 1 in the state this season in 3-A. All but one of Delone's wins have come by at least double digits. The Squirettes' closest win was an eight-point decision over Pennridge, a 6-A school from District 1.
Bermudian Springs (18-3 overall) finished second in D-III at 10-2. The Eagles do have an intriguing nonleague match on Tuesday at Spring Grove.
York Catholic (12-10 overall) took third in D-III at 8-4.
Colonials, Panthers to share D-I boys' crown: New Oxford (19-3 overall) and Central York (18-3 overall) will be forced to share the D-I boys' championship at 12-2.
Central will have the top seed from D-I for the Y-A playoffs because it beat York High twice, while New Oxford split with York High.
York High has locked up third place in the division and a Y-A playoff berth at 14-6 overall and 9-4 in D-I. The Bearcats finish their D-I schedule at South Western on Monday.
Gettysburg boys can finish off unbeaten season: The Gettysburg boys (20-0 overall) finished unbeaten in D-II at 12-0 en route to that division championship. It was the Warriors' first-ever Y-A division championship in boys' basketball.
The Warriors can finish an unbeaten regular season with nonleague home wins this week vs. Cedar Cliff (12-7) and Greencastle (2-17).
York Suburban (15-5 overall) finished second in D-II at 9-3. The Trojans have a tough nonleague contest on Tuesday at home vs. a Red Lion team that has been playing better of late.
Eastern York (14-8 overall) and West York (12-9 overall) finish tied for third in D-II at 7-5. The Golden Knights finished the season on a six-game win streak. Eastern and West York split during the regular season, but West York won the tiebreaker for a league playoff berth because it split with Suburban, while Eastern lost both of its games vs. Suburban.
Littlestown takes D-III boys' crown: Littlestown (18-3) cruised to the D-III boys' crown at 13-1.
York Catholic (10-12 overall) is currently second at 10-4 in the division, but Hanover (11-9 overall) can tie the Fighting Irish with wins over York Tech on Monday and Biglerville on Tuesday. Hanover and York Catholic split in the regular season,
If Hanover wins both of its remaining games, it will garner a league playoff berth because Hanover split vs. Littlestown, while York Catholic lost twice to Littlestown. If Hanover loses either of its remaining games, the Irish will make the league playoffs.
The eighth spot in the league playoffs goes to the third-place team from Division II or Division III with the best District 3 power rating. Under all of the scenarios on both the boys' and girls' sides, that berth would go to the third-place team from D-II.
The York-Adams boys' playoffs start Friday with quarterfinal action. The girls' quarterfinals are set for Saturday.
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