GIRLS' HOOPS: West York cruises
WRIGHTSVILLE — Life was good for West York girls’ basketball coach Darrell Wildasin a year ago.
He had two prolific scorers that could carry the team, to go along with a solid cast of role players.
The Bulldogs, however, are still trying to find their identity just a little past the midway point of this regular season.
But, an effort like the one they put forth Tuesday night against York-Adams League Division II rival Eastern York is an excellent blueprint for success.
The reigning York-Adams champs used a very effective half-court trap that resulted in nine Golden Knight turnovers in the first quarter. Most of those miscues resulted in Bulldog points and the visitors raced out to a 14-point edge.
The pressure set the tone for the contest, providing Wildasin's team an ample cushion en route to a 59-35 victory.
“The first half was a very good half,” Wildasin said of his team’s 32-16 lead at the break. “Our defense set the tone and we talked about that and having our defense create some offense for us.”
Olivia Sollberger scored eight of her 16 points in the first period, while fellow senior Morgan Bamberger poured in 12 of her game-high 18 points in the half to lead the Bulldogs (9-5 overall, 6-2 in Division II).
Wildasin is quite aware that the loss of his two 1,000-point scorers from last year (Kari Lankford and Emily Wood) has opened up an opportunity for girls to step up. Sollberger and Bamberger were role players a year ago. They’ve so far combined to average just under 20 points a contest this season.
Getting nearly double that output on Tuesday gave Wildasin a good feeling.
“We struggled down here last year,” he said. “So I wasn’t feeling all warm and fuzzy coming down here again. But we were pumped up a little bit and they (Sollberger and Bamberger) came out and played well.”
The Knights (5-9, 4-5) fought the Bulldogs pretty hard in their first encounter last month, a 61-51 setback. But they just never could get in a groove, despite holding an edge in rebounding (42-39). But 22 turnovers and a 12-for-27 effort at the foul line proved to be major obstacles for Coach Cheryl Land’s young squad.
“It’s frustrating, because we knew (the pressure) was coming,” she said of her team that starts a freshman, a junior and three sophomores. “Obviously we didn’t handle that pressure too well. We are a bit dysfunctional. We got to the foul line and shot like under 50 percent. We have a lot of work to do.”
The Knights were led by Hannah Myers, who tallied 10 points. Brooke LeCesa and Cassidy Arnold were solid on the boards, with Arnold collecting a game-high 11 rebounds. LeCesa finished with 10.
Red Lion 52, New Oxford 48 (OT): At New Oxford, the Lions overcame a 23-13 halftime deficit to record the OT win. Courtney Dimoff poured in 24 points to lead Red Lion, including 22 in the second-half comeback. She had five 3-pointers. Natalie Reba added 11 for the winners. Breanne Sauter led New Oxford with 20 points, while Kaelyn Long added 11. Red Lion improved to 15-1 overall and 8-0 in York-Adams Division I. New Oxford fell to 9-7 and 4-4.
Central York 44, South Western 39: At Hanover, the visitors jumped out to 40-21 lead after three quarters and held off an 18-4 South Western surge in the final period. Lydia Shellenberger and Emma Saxton each had 10 points for the winners, while Sarah Sepic added nine. Jacey Shipley led South Western with 16 points, while Taylor Geiman collected 11 points. Central improved to 13-2 overall and 6-2 in York-Adams Division I.
York Suburban 42, Kennard-Dale 31: At York Suburban, Parker Faircloth-Henise poured in a game-high 18 points and teammate Molly Day added 16 as the Trojans triumphed. Suburban improved to 13-2 overall and 8-1 in York-Adams Division II.
York Catholic 50, Littlestown 13: At York Catholic, the Irish spread the scoring around while cruising to victory, with 11 different players scoring at least one point. Kate Bauhof’s game-high 13 points led the way for York Catholic, which moved to 11-4 overall and 7-1 in York-Adams Division III.
Dallastown 61, Spring Grove 38: At Spring Grove, a trio of Wildcats scored in double figures to help the guests cruise to victory. Julia Sutton poured in a game-high 17 points, while teammates Sabrina Stough (15) and Sam Miller (10) completed the group.
Dover 37, Northeastern 24: At Dover, Rayah Fink scored a game-high 15 points and Rajah Fink added 12 more to the Eagles’ victorious effort. The Bobcats were led by 12 points from Jordyn Kloster.
Christian School of York 39, New Covenant Christian 12: At New Covenant Christian, Kaitlyn Hess led the Crusaders to the easy win with 10 points.
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