Susquehannock girls’ basketball coach Dave Schreiner is a mathematical person.
He is actually a high school business teacher at Hereford in Maryland by day.
Tuesday night against York-Adams League Division II rival York Suburban, however, his team gave him a lesson fit for English class — "A Tale of Two Cities." Only this basketball novel was a tale of two halves.
Over the first 16 minutes of action, Schreiner’s club didn't look anything like the team that is the preseason favorite to win the division title.
The Warriors trailed by 10 points, they missed shots, they got out-rebounded badly and they generally looked like a shadow of the squad that won its first four games by an average of 26.4 points.
After the intermission, that team disappeared. Scoring the first five points of the second half, the Warriors cut the deficit in half in less than 60 seconds. By the time it was over, it was the Trojans who were wondering which Susquehannock team they really played after the Warriors claimed a 43-31 triumph.
“Our kids got down on each other and they got down on us (coaches) a little bit,” Schreiner said. “And I reminded them that they have to go with the ones that brought you there, and that’s Coach Kyle and I. I made that clear at halftime. If you want to play, you have to do what I ask you to do. And the kids bought into that.”
The mood at the break was anything but festive. Schreiner's club had fallen behind 19-9 after two quarters. The Warriors had converted on just 4 of 26 shots in the half (15.4 percent) while getting beat on the boards by a 22-13 clip.
“We had to get each other pumped up,” Susquehannock senior Ashley Stone said. “We knew that 10 points was nothing. We didn’t come out in the first half and set the tone, and they (Suburban) were just going to keep doing what they did.”
It took all of 48 seconds for the visitors to get back into the game. A basket by Madison Stone was followed by a turnover the resulted in a 3-pointer by Jayden Galbreath.
A Suburban timeout did nothing to halt the tide. Tyler Williams scored right before Galbreath knocked down another triple to even the score.
“We knew they were going to make a run,” Suburban coach Jess Barley said. “We knew we had to be ready for it, but credit to their shooters … they really stepped up.”
Those made baskets allowed the Warriors to crank up their patented full-court pressure, a key element that was missing in the first half. As Schreiner pointed out, you can’t press on made shots if you aren’t making any.
“(Those baskets) got us pumped up,” said Ashley Stone, who led her team with 16 points. “And we came together as a team big-time and that carried on throughout the rest of the game.”
Suburban responded back with a trio of baskets from junior Parker Faircloth-Henise, the last of which put the Trojans ahead 25-22. The home team, however, would only score six more points the rest of the way, which was half of the 12 total points the Trojans tallied after intermission.
Part of the trouble that hounded Barley’s team offensively in the second half was the Warrior zone defense. The Warriors forced Suburban to shoot from outside the paint and Suburban had trouble knocking down shots.
“We have people that can shoot the ball,” Barley said. “We absolutely do, but it’s just a matter of stepping up and knocking down some shots. We’ve had some pretty good games so far this year where our shooters have (done) just that against the zone. Tonight we just didn’t shoot well from behind the arc.”
Another factor was the foul trouble that Suburban’s Molly Day fell into late in the third quarter. Day, who scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first half, picked up her fourth foul and never was much of a factor after that.
Galbreath chipped in 13 points in a reserve role for the Warriors, who improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the division. Faircloth-Henise scored 12 points for the Trojans, who fell to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the division.
OTHER GIRLS' GAMES
Eastern York 63, Northeastern 49: At Wrightsville, the game was tied 38-38 after three quarters before Eastern used a 25-11 fourth-quarter surge to pull away. Hannah Myers poured in 24 points for the winners, while Cassidy Arnold added 12. Northeastern was paced by Jordyn Kloster's 18 points and 15 points from Kendra Meyer.
Central York 59, Dallastown 44: At Dallastown, the Panthers improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in York-Adams Division I. Emma Saxton led Central, posting a 17-point game, while Mady Williams chipped in with 10. For Dallastown, Samantha Miller (16) and Julia Sutton (13) combined to score 29 of the team’s 44 points.
West York 56, Dover 40: At West York, the Bulldogs carried a seven-point advantage into the final quarter, but broke the game open, outscoring the Eagles by nine in the final frame. Katie Tallman led West York with 13 points, while Morgan Bamberger added 11. For Dover, no player registered double figures.
South Western 33, Spring Grove 24: At Spring Grove, the visitors won a low-scoring affair behind 15 points from freshman Taylor Geiman. Spring Grove didn't have anyone with more than six points.
Gettysburg 45, Kennard-Dale 39: At Fawn Grove, Alana Bortner led the Rams with a 14-point night. She knocked down three 3-pointers in the game. Kennard-Dale was led by Megan Halczuk with a game-high 15 points.
New Oxford 67, York High 43: At New Oxford, Kaelyn Long led the Colonials by scoring a game-high 21 points. For the Bearcats, Chyna Steele scored a team-high 17 points, while teammate Garcia Kinard knocked in 12 points.
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