GIRLS' HOOPS: Susquehannock triumphs
GLEN ROCK — Susquehannock's Ashley Stone was relatively quiet at the offensive end of the floor during the first three quarters of Wednesday's clash with York Suburban.
Stone had just four points at halftime and seven through three quarters. The 5-foot, 11-inch senior came alive, though, in the fourth quarter. She connected for nine points, including two 3-point shots, and the Warriors used a stronger closing kick to earn a 51-45 victory in a clash of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in York-Adams Division II.
Susquehannock outscored Suburban, 18-13, in the final eight minutes to improve its division record to 11-0 (16-2 overall). Suburban (14-3, 9-2) lost for just the second time in division outings, both to Susquehannock.
Stone knocked down her 3-point shots after teammate Tyler Williams closed the third quarter by connecting on a 3-point buzzer beater to give her team a 33-32 edge heading into the final quarter.
"Her (Williams) shooting a three really got us pumped up," Stone said. "I was a lot more confident in that fourth quarter, and that really helped."
Warriors' head coach Dave Schreiner said Stone gives his team "that other dimension."
"She can score, she can handle the basketball and she rebounds a bit," he said.
Stone (16 points) was one of three Susquehannock players to reach double figures. Anna Mahan delivered 12 points and Williams supplied 11.
The balanced scoring certainly helped, but Schreiner pointed to his team's defensive play as the key to the outcome.
"I thought tonight we played our best defense of the year," he said. "I thought our pressure was the difference. "They almost played five people the whole game. We kind of wore them down."
Olivia Gettle led the Trojans with 12 points, and Molly Day added 10. Suburban pulled to within one point early in the fourth quarter, but it couldn't draw even or grab the lead. Trojans' head coach Jess Barley praised her team's effort, but felt the defense wasn't good enough to deliver a victory.
"We gave up 51 points, and they had three girls in double figures. That's not us," she said.
Susquehannock went to a delay game at the midway point of the last quarter and drained time off the clock on each possession.
"I thought 'let's make them come out and foul, and we'll be in the one and one,'" Schreiner said. "I coached in Maryland, where there's a 30-second clock. There's no shot clock here. I tell the kids, 'it's our sixth man.'"
The game was played on Hoops for Hope Night, when the money raised is used to help fund research into finding a cure for gastric cancer. The night is an extremely emotional one for Schreiner, who lost a loved one to the disease.
"Three years ago, we started this when my sister, who was nine years younger than me, passed away," he said. "I told the kids in the locker room before the game, 'Hoops for Hope is a great thing, but we're here to win a basketball game.' I want them to be successful. It's about the kids."
Central York 46, Dallastown 26: At Central, the Panthers led by just four at the half (22-18), but outscored the Wildcats (18-3) in the third quarter to pull away for good. Emma Saxton led the Panthers with 13 points. Teammate Nykkoya Stanton knocked in 11. For the Wildcats, Julia Sutton scored 11 points. Central improved to 8-2 in York-Adams Division I and 16-2 overall.
Eastern York 43, Northeastern 38: At Manchester, Hannah Myers scored 16 points, while Cassidy Arnold added 12 and Brooke LaCesa chipped in 11 to lead Eastern. Jordyn Kloster paced Northeastern with 19, while Kendra Meyer added 11.
West York 50, Dover 32: At Dover, Morgan Bamberger scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs. Teammate Katherine Tallman added 10 more points. Dover was led by a game-high 17-point effort from Rajah Fink. West York improved to 12-5 overall and 8-2 in York-Adams Division II.
York High 59, New Oxford 55: At York, only four players scored points for the Bearcats, but led by a game-high 23 points from Madey-Zania Redman, it would be all the scorers they needed. Chyna Steele finished with 16 points for York and DeJanay Givens had 15.The Colonials were led by a 17-point effort from Kaelyn Long and 12 points from Breanne Sauter. York High improved to 11-7 overall and 5-4 in York-Adams Division I.
Kennard-Dale 42, Gettysburg 41: At Gettysburg, Emily Freese scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead K-D to the narrow win. Hanna James scored 14 to lead Gettysburg.
South Western 59, Spring Grove 31: At Hanover, Taylor Geiman led South Western with 19 points, while Madison Wisensale added 14, 12 of which came off of 3-pointers. Missy Katz had 13 points for Spring Grove.
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