GLEN ROCK — After the top two teams in York-Adams Division II — Susquehannock and West York — battled it out on the court Tuesday night, one thing became pretty clear about the division.
It will be a grind.
That was evident when the Warriors and Bulldogs competed in their first showdown of the season in Glen Rock.
Both entered unbeaten in the division.
And while it wasn’t pretty — a combined 39 turnovers between the two — Susquehannock and Coach Dave Schreiner will live with the result after earning a hard-fought 40-35 victory.
After leading throughout the first half, the home team had to rally from a four-point hole early in the final stanza. Behind a defense that forced turnovers on three consecutive possessions, the Warriors were able to complete a satisfying comeback.
Susquehannock improved to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the division, but many of those victories have been nail-biters. West York dropped to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the division.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Schreiner said. “But I know that every team that we play is going to be tough. We’re not just going to run people off the court.”
While the Warriors did not run the Bulldogs off the court, they did cause some serious trouble in the fourth period. That was the key to their success Tuesday.
“The whole game we were thinking about putting the press on, but I just kept thinking that we needed a couple more points,” Schreiner said. “And then finally we got that opportunity in the fourth quarter and made it work a little bit.”
Trailing 24-20, the Warriors went on a 9-0 run. After Katie Tallman drew the Bulldogs within 29-27 with 4 minutes, 45 seconds left on a 3-point play, the hosts extended their lead to 35-27 with just under three minutes left.
That cushion was just big enough to survive a late West York rally. The Bulldogs used a 7-2 spurt to draw within four (39-35) with 14.5 seconds left. But Schreiner’s club was able to hold off the visitors behind a solid effort at the line by Taylor Tannura. Entering the contest with a free throw percentage of just more than 50, Tannura knocked down four straight from the line.
Tannura (nine points) didn’t want to over think things when she stepped to the stripe.
“I feel some pressure,” Tannura said. “But I just try to block everybody out and just focus on shooting.”
While Schreiner and company can at least take solace in winning despite not playing pretty, the Bulldogs and Coach Darrell Wildasin will kick themselves for letting this one slip away. The setback marked the second one in the a row for the Bulldogs, who also dropped a contest Saturday against York Catholic.
All Wildasin could do afterward is lament a poor stretch of play that allowed the Warriors to go on that pivotal 9-0 run.
“We had about a minute-and-a-half, two-minute spurt there where they broke us down,” Wildasin said. “Some costly turnovers and some lapses defensively. And it bit us.”
The Bulldogs won’t have time to think about the loss too long. They have to get ready for a tough Trinity squad on the road Wednesday.
Ashley Stone led the Warriors with 11 points, the only player to reach double figures for either side. Teammate Tyler Williams finished with nine points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds.
West York was led by Morgan Bamberger’s nine points, while Tallman finished with eight.
York High 66, Dallastown 51: At York, the Bearcats’ surprising turnaround continued with the easy win over the Wildcats. Chyna Steele continued her hot season, dropping a game-high 23 points for York High. Jasmine Beistline, who’s been the Bearcats’ second-best scoring option this year, was the only other player in double digits, finishing with 15. Lily Jamison led Dallastown with 15 points, 11 of which came from the free throw line. Julia Sutton added 11 for the Wildcats.
Kennard-Dale 47, Northeastern 29: At Fawn Grove, Abby Pilkey led the Rams to the divisional victory by scoring a team-high 15 points. Teammate Sarah Pilkey knocked in 10 points. For the Bobcats, Jordyn Kloster scored a game-high 20 points.
New Oxford 67, Spring Grove 44: At New Oxford, the Colonials raced out to a 20-3 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back. Kaelyn Long scored a game-high 17 points, Haley Luckabaugh added 16 and Breanne Sauter dropped 10 for New Oxford. Ashton Ball scored a team-high 16 points for Spring Grove, while Morgan Hagerman added 15.
York Suburban 47, Eastern 40: At Wrightsville, Molly Day led the Trojans to the divisional victory by scoring a game-high 14 points. Teammate Ali Reinecker knocked in 13 points. For the Golden Knights, Catherine Tillotson scored a team-high 11 points, while Hannah Myers knocked in 10 points.
York Catholic 34, Hanover 26: At York Catholic, the home team used a 13-6 fourth-quarter surge to pull away in a defensive struggle. Katy Rader's 12 points paced the Lady Irish.
Gettysburg 39, Dover 37 (OT): At Gettysburg, the Warriors scored the lone two points in the overtime period and captured the divisional victory. Hailey Bortner led the home team with a game-high 14 points. For the Eagles, Rajah Fink scored a team-high 12 points.
Red Lion 37, South Western 22: At Hanover, the Lady Lions held the Mustangs to just five points in the second half, using that defense to pull away and earn the road victory. Red Lion trailed at the half, 17-11. Courtney Dimoff led all scorers with 15 points. She was the only player in the game to reach double digits. Taylor Geiman led South Western with eight points.
Red Lion Christian 47, Blue Mountain Christian 40: At Blue Mountain Christian, Liz Baker led the Swordsmen to the road victory by scoring 12 points, while grabbing 12 rebounds. Also for RLC, Destiny Hollingshead knocked in 12 points, while Allie Damiano picked up 10 assists. RLC is now 7-0.
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