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GIRLS' HOOPS: Delone outlasts Irish

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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It has been a while since the last time the Delone Catholic girls’ basketball team won a game at York Catholic.

Coach Kevin Bankos led his York Catholic girls' team to York-Adams Division III and District 3 Class 3-A titles this season.

More than a decade, to be exact.

Standout Delone teams that featured NCAA Division I standouts such as Sierra Moore and Maddie Comly were never able to accomplish the feat.

But behind the strong play of seniors Katie Laughman and Ally Shipley, the Squirettes finally ended their drought Tuesday evening. Laughman poured in a game-high 20 points while Shipley chipped in 13 to help Delone pull out a thrilling 53-49 victory over the Fighting Irish in overtime.

The victory broke a deadlock between the two teams atop the York-Adams Division III standings. Delone improved to 6-0 in the division while York Catholic dropped to 5-1.

“Katie has been doing it ever since Jill (Novak) and Ally went down early in the year (with injuries), she’s been our leading scorer,” Delone coach Gerry Eckenrode said. “She’s a tremendous athlete, bar none.”

A standout for the school’s volleyball team, Laughman lit up the score sheet in key moments all night long. Her layup early in the overtime put her side ahead for good (46-44). She knocked down 8 of 14 attempts for the game. Those are numbers that you’d expect from a player the caliber of Moore or Comly, which surprised even Eckenrode.

“Absolutely not,” he said, when asked if he expected to get 20 from his senior guard.

Delone (10-2 overall) was able to finally end its long drought with a combination of good plays and good fortune. Eckenrode’s side quickly extended a 25-20 lead at the intermission into a 12-point cushion after a Shipley jumper midway through the third quarter.

While it's not much of a surprise that the Irish rallied back to make it a game, the fact that this year’s team — with a roster full of freshmen and sophomores — did so could be a defining moment for Coach Kevin Bankos’ club. Bankos employed a full-court press shortly after Shipley’s basket that resulted in a 14-2 run that actually allowed the home team to take a 36-34 lead into the final quarter.

“We caused some turnovers,” Bankos said. “(Delone is) a little bit in the same boat that we are with some inexperienced kids out there. They were down (12) and fought and came back. It was just a fun game to watch.”

The fun extended all the way to a last-second shot by Jania Wright that rimmed out as the final horn in regulation sounded. Much to the dismay of Eckenrode, a foul was whistled on the shot that allowed Wright an opportunity to win the game for her side. Trailing by a point (42-41), Wright was able to make the first of two attempts to even up the game. Her second shot rimmed out, sending the contest into a four-minute overtime period.

Despite dropping the contest, Bankos was encouraged with some of the things he saw in the rivalry contest. With leading scorer Kate Bauhof held to just eight points (five of which came in the overtime period), the Irish (8-4) were able to get some scoring from other sources. Emily Laslo led York Catholic with 13 points, while Gina Citrone added 12 more.

“We grew up a little bit today, which was exciting to see,” he said. “We made a lot of mental mistakes, missed foul shots. But overall I was proud of them.”

GIRLS' GAMES

York High 54, Central York 53: At York, the Bearcats erased an eight-point deficit in the final quarter to earn the big Y-A League Division I victory. Jasmine Beistline stole the show for York High, scoring a team-high 18 points, while Chyna Steele finished with 13 and Madey-Zania Redman had 12. Central York got a game-high 20 points from Emma Saxton, while Sarah Sepic finished with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. York High improved to 7-5 overall and 3-3 in Division I. Central fell to 10-2 and 4-2.

York Suburban 37, West York 28: At York Suburban, Parker Faircloth-Henise was the lone scorer in double digits for the victorious Trojans with 10 points. Liv Sollberger was West York’s leading scorer, also with 10 points. The hosts were able to secure a 17-0 edge in free throws attempted, converting on nine. Suburban improved to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in York-Adams Division II. West York fell to 7-5 and 4-2.

Susquehannock 54, Dover 21: At Dover, the Warriors held the Eagles to just nine first-half point to take a commanding (23-9) lead and never looked back. Ashley Stone led the Warriors with 18 points. Teammate Jaden Walker knocked in 10 points. Susquehannock improved to 7-0 in York-Adams Division II and 10-2 overall.

Gettysburg 38, Northeastern 36: At Manchester, the Bobcats trailed by six at the end of the third quarter (28-22) but came up just short in the comeback attempt. Jordyn Kloster led the Bobcats with 27 points, including four from behind the arc. Northeastern was just 5 for 16 from the charity stripe.

Red Lion 58, Spring Grove 30:  At Spring Grove, Courtney Dimoff poured in a game-high 19 points to lead the Lions. No one else hit double digits. Red Lion improved to 12-0 overall and 6-0 in York-Adams Division I.

New Oxford 54, Dallastown 39: At Dallastown, Hayley Luckabaugh led all New Oxford scorers with 17 points, while Kaelyn Long added 14 and Breanne Sauter chimed in with 12. For Dallastown, Julia Sutton wound up with a game-high 19 points.

Eastern York 69, Kennard-Dale 58: At Fawn Grove, the Golden Knights dominated the second half, outscoring the Rams by 14, to erase a three-point halftime deficit. Cassidy Arnold and Hannah Myers scored 19 points each for Eastern, while Kylah Bartch added 10. For K-D, Sara Pilkey had 18 points, while Morgan Anderson dropped in 17.

Christian School of York 59, Hershey Christian 19: At York, the Crusaders raced out to a 21-2 advantage after the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. Mekenzie Smith was the only CSY player to reach double figures with 13 points. Eight other players found the score sheet for the home team.

Arlington Baptist School 47, Red Lion Christian 41: At Red Lion, the Lady Swordsmen were tied with Arlington Baptist heading into the final quarter, but were outscored 16-10 and suffered their first loss. Three RLC players scored in double figures, with Liz Baker and Destiny Hollingshead each finishing with 12 points and Allie Damiano adding 10. RLC is now 7-1.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.