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Girls' basketball races down to wire

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
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It has been an interesting year so far in York-Adams League girls' basketball, and it appears that the action will only get more intense as the end of the regular season nears.

Here’s a look at where the league stands with just more than a week left in the regular season.

Red Lion's Courtney Dimoff, left, is coming off a big performance over the weekend.

Division I: Red Lion can clinch at least a share of the Division I title with one victory or a Central York defeat. The Lions are 9-0 in the division, while the Panthers sit at 8-2.

Coming into the season, it was pretty clear that those two would be the top two outfits in the division. Neither has disappointed.

Coach Don Dimoff’s Red Lion outfit sports a 17-1 overall record that has them second in the District 3-AAAA power rankings. The Lions are fantastic on both ends of the court, with the club currently sixth overall in the league in scoring offense (49.7 points per game) and third in scoring defense (34.8 ppg).

Dimoff’s team is led by his daughter, Courtney, who averages 14.4 points a game. Courtney Dimoff also leads the league in 3-pointers made with 48 and is second in free throw shooting at 88.9 percent (56-of-63). Amy Maciejewski is second for the team in scoring at 9.3 points a game.

The Panthers are not far behind the Lions in the standings. With an impressive 16-2 record, Coach Scott Wisner’s gang has been tormenting clubs throughout the season. Central, currently fifth in the district AAAA rankings, leads the league in scoring offense at 54.2 points a contest. Wisner’s squad is seventh defensively at 37.4 points per game allowed.

Guard Emma Saxton averages 13.7 points a night for the Panthers. She’s also 10th in the league in free throw shooting at 74.3 percent (55-of-74). Sophomore forward Nikson Valencik averages 9.7 points a game, which is second best on the club.

While those two programs certainly were not underrated in the preseason, the York High girls most certainly were. Everyone knew that they had senior Chyna Steele to lead the way, but what was going to surround her was a mystery.

That question has been answered. While Steele averages 18.0 points per game (second best in the league), she’s received plenty of help from sophomore Jasmine Beistline (11.1 ppg) and senior Mady Redman (9.9 ppg). Those three form the highest-scoring trio in the York-Adams League, a major reason that Coach Larry Corbin’s Bearcats are on the cusp of securing both league and district playoff berths.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us,” said Corbin, who has guided York to a 12-7 overall record, 6-4 in the league. York has played well against the better teams this season, having defeated Central and Boiling Springs (16-1) while falling just short of upending Red Lion.

“I talked to Chyna today and all she said was, ‘I’m ready … we’re ready’,” Corbin said.

The Bearcats have two remaining division games left, one against Central and the other against Dallastown (3-14, 2-8). York is ahead of New Oxford (10-8 overall, 4-5 Division I) in the standings. Corbin’s club would only need to win once to secure a league playoff berth. The Colonials and Bearcats split their season series, but York’s 54-53 victory over the Panthers back on Jan. 5 would break any tie.

Ashley Stone had 17 points Wednesday night for Susquehannock in a losing cause.

Division II: Susquehannock hasn’t dominated the division like they did a few years ago, but that hasn’t stopped Coach Dave Schreiner’s team from racking up the wins. The Warriors are 17-2 overall and have already locked up a share of the division with an undefeated 12-0 record in division play. They are ranked third in District 3-AAA power ratings.

Susquehannock averages 51.3 points a game, fourth-best in the league, while allowing just 36.9 points defensively (sixth best). The duo of Ashley Stone (12.5 ppg) and Tyler Williams (10.1 ppg) have led the way for Schreiner’s club, which has defeated York Suburban twice this season.

The Trojans have been a pleasant surprise so far. While not a team that will kill you offensively shooting the ball, Coach Jess Barley’s club has been downright pesky on the defensive end. Suburban averages 41.9 points a game offensively, which is middle of the pack in the league. Defensively, however, the Trojans are holding teams to just 33.1 points a contest, which is second-best in the league.

The combo of forwards Molly Day (11.6 ppg) and Parker Faircloth-Henise (9.7 ppg) lead Suburban (15-3, 10-2) offensively.

Defending league champion West York currently sits third in the division standings at 8-2 (12-5 overall). The Bulldogs have four games remaining in the division (Susquehannock, Suburban, Gettysburg, Northeastern), so they have a shot at moving up to the No. 2 spot if they win out.

Coach Darrell Wildasin regularly goes seven deep, with each player a threat to score. All seven average at least 4.4 points per game, led by senior Morgan Bamberger at 12.0 points a contest.

Division III: It was not a big secret that the division title would come down to (drum roll please) … either York Catholic or Delone Catholic. While the Irish have had the better of their parochial rivals over the past handful of years, the Squirettes have exacted some revenge this year by beating York Catholic on its home court.

If Coach Gerry Eckenrode’s team (14-4, 10-0) can sweep the Irish this season, it will be the school’s first unshared division title since 2009 (they shared with York Catholic in 2015 and 2010).

Delone, averaging 54.2 points a game offensively (second best in the league), is led in scoring by Ally Shipley (10.8 ppg). Eckenrode’s club, however, relies on a more-balanced approach, with seven other players at more than 4.0 points per game.

Sweeping the Irish (14-4, 9-1) , however, will not be easy. Coach Kevin Bankos’ squad rarely falls twice to the same opponent in the same year. His team, which averages 52.4 points per game (third best in the league), has grown up a bit since that 53-49 loss to Delone back on Jan 5. The Irish and Squirettes are slated to meet Friday night in McSherrystown.

“This game is always important,” Bankos said. “Every year it seems like this game impacts division titles, county seeding and district seeding. This year is no different. But besides all of that, it’s Delone versus York Catholic. Two great programs battling it out again.”

Delone is currently No. 3 in the District 3-AA power ratings, while York Catholic is No. 4.

Kate Bauhof leads Bankos’ club in scoring at 17.7 points per game (third best in the league). Bauhof is also third in the league in free throw shooting at 81.3 percent (52-of-64) and 12th in the league in 3-pointers made (23).

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

Central York's Emma Saxton is a big reason the Panthers have compiled a 16-2 record this season. She's averaging 13.7 points per game.