MANCHESTER – Susquehannock girls’ basketball coach Dave Schreiner likes to remind his team before every game that they will be playing a very talented opponent.
While that may be a bit of an exaggeration on some nights, it looks like that statement may more accurately apply to his own side.
After another impressive victory Tuesday evening, it appears that his Warriors may be the ones who are the best team on the court for nearly every contest.
Susquehannock wore down a game Northeastern side throughout the night by holding the Bobcats to just 11 points after the intermission. Led by a balanced output that included four players in double figures, the Warriors cruised past Northeastern 63-37 in the York-Adams Division II opener for both teams.
“I told the kids before the game that they (Northeastern) are the best team that we’re going to play all year,” Schreiner said.
The Bobcats (1-2 overall, 0-1 Division II) certainly hope that will eventually be true. One thing is certain, however. Northeastern forward Jordyn Kloster will be one of the best players the Warriors will see all season. The Bobcats' senior scored a game-high 29 points to go along with a game-high 14 rebounds.
“We said that if she gets 40, as long as everyone else doesn’t score, that we’re still in pretty good shape,” Schreiner said. “But we have to play better defense than that whenever we face somebody who has the ability to score likes she does. I tell the kids that nothing replaces good defense. Talent doesn’t replace it. Nothing does.”
The Warriors (3-0, 1-0) were able to wear down the home team by utilizing full-court pressure trapping throughout the night. After nearly every made basket, Schreiner was imploring his team to go “all-in,” his code word to press. Northeastern did a decent job of handling the pressure in the first half, but did turn the ball over 13 times for the contest.
And even with a tough night shooting the ball (26 of 55, 47 percent), the Warriors were able to rack up points by hitting the glass with a vengeance. Schreiner’s side held a 42-31 edge on the boards, with Anna Mahan collecting 11 rebounds to go with 10 points. Tyler Williams proved to be as much of a handful for the Bobcats. She finished with a team-high 19 points to go with eight rebounds.
Mahan and Williams, however, were far from the only ones standing out. Jayla Galbreath came off the bench to score 10 points, while Ashley Stone finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
“We have a really good nucleus of kids,” Schreiner said. “Jayla comes in, hits some shots and plays great defense. Taylor (Tannura) and Ashley had a good game and Kelsey McCullough did a nice job playing defense.”
Eastern York 39, Dover 35: At Dover, the Golden Knights used a balanced scoring attack, with each starter scoring six points or more, to defeat their hosts. Leading the way was Brooke Lacesa with nine points. The Eagles were led by a game-high 15 points from Julie Fox and 11 points from Rajah Fink.
Red Lion 52, Dallastown 32: At Red Lion, Amy Maciejewski (12) and Courtney Dimoff (11) each scored in double digits for the victorious hosts. A 22-9 advantage for Red Lion in the third quarter helped put the game away. Julia Sutton led Dallastown with six points.
York Suburban 41, Gettysburg 26: At Suburban, the Trojans never allowed double digits in any quarter. Parker Faircloth-Henise led Suburban with 10 points.The Warriors were led by Dyetche Johnson's 13 points.
Central York 72, Spring Grove 24: At Spring Grove, Madyson Williams did all her damage in the first half, scoring a game-high 14 points for the Panthers. Emma Saxton (12) and Teirra Preston (10) were also in double figures for the victors. The Rockets were led by 10 points from Abbie Marquette.
West York 54, Kennard-Dale 26: At West York, Morgan Bamberger led all scorers with 13 points, including a trio of buckets from beyond the arc, as the Bulldogs cruised. Angie Hawkins added nine points. Emily Freese was the Rams' leading scorer with nine points.
South Western 43, York High 39: At York, despite scoring just six points in the final quarter, the Mustangs held off the Bearcats' late-game surge. Taylor Geiman dropped a team-high 20 points, while Jacey Shipley added 11. York High got a team-high 15 points from Chyna Steele.
Red Lion Christian (girls) 71, Heritage Christian Academy 35: At Heritage, Liz Baker had a team-high 20 points to pace RLC, while Destiny Hollingshead (18), Tabitha Garner (13) and Jasmine Warner (10) also scored in double digits. RLC is now 4-0.
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