HOOPS: Lion girls grab share of crown
RED LION — Everyone can pretty much relate to the experience of warming up the car on a cold morning. It takes a little bit for it to heat up, but when it gets going, things are normal.
That can also be said of the Red Lion girls’ basketball team.
Playing after a lengthy layoff because of the recent winter storm that hit the area, the Lions were cold early Wednesday evening when they hosted South Western in a York-Adams Division I battle. But when the home team started to warm up, there was little the over-matched Mustangs could do about it.
After Red Lion managed just two points in the first period, Courtney Dimoff found her touch. The Lions’ senior leader scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the second quarter to help the home team earn a 40-22 victory.
Dimoff’s team improved to 10-0 in the division (18-1 overall), assuring the Lions of at least a share of the Division I title for the first time since the 2011-2012 season.
“We still had two days of practice, but without going to school I think that helped our slow start,” said Dimoff, who was in eighth grade the last time Red Lion won a division title. “But we worked our way out of it.”
The Mustangs scored the game’s first four points to jump ahead early. Red Lion didn’t get on the board until 2:19 remained in the period on a pair of Natalie Reba free throws.
The score heading into the second stanza was an unsightly 4-2, but it didn’t stay that way for long. Red Lion used a 6-0 run to begin the quarter to take the lead for good. After the visitors drew within 8-6 on a basket from Jacey Shipley, the Lions extended their lead shortly after when Amy Maciejewski (nine points) drained a 3-pointer with just over three minutes left in the half.
Dimoff did her best to keep the Mustangs at bay after that. The league’s top 3-point shooter sank a pair of 3-pointers, the last of which helped her side take a 20-13 advantage into the intermission.
“We like to feed off of each other,” Dimoff said. “Once one of us starts hitting some shots we all usually just feed off of that.”
The Mustangs wish they could have said the same thing. While freshman sensation Taylor Geiman did her best to keep her team in it (eight points, 13 rebounds), her teammates converted on just 5-of-31 attempts (16 percent).
“I thought we competed well,” said South Western coach Kevin Klunk, whose team dropped to 9-9 overall and 4-7 in the division. “I thought we made the right plays, but we just didn’t finish jump shots or finish layups. Everything is a lot better when the ball goes through the hoop.”
The Lions struggled early on the boards, but quickly turned things around after the first quarter. They held an impressive 39-27 edge in rebounding.
While the victory and division title are nice accomplishments for the home team, Coach Don Dimoff would have liked to see his team play closer to its potential.
“It was slow,” he said. “And, obviously, a little sloppy. I think both teams probably expected it a little bit, but I was more disappointed because I think we got out-worked a little bit. They came out to play. They played hard and they’re well-coached and they out-worked us and that frustrated me.”
Red Lion, which has locked down league and District 3 playoff berths already, finishes up the regular season with division games against Spring Grove and Central York, as well as a non-league contest against West Perry.
The Mustangs, however, will likely need to win out to make the district playoffs. Their remaining tilts include Northeastern (4-13), Dover (4-14) and New Oxford (10-8).
“We want to control our own destiny,” Klunk said. “And we know that if we take care of business that we’re in.”
York Suburban 51, Eastern York 40: At Suburban, Molly Day scored 16 for the winners, including a 14-for-14 effort at the foul line. Ali Reinecker added 11 for the Trojans. Brooke LaCesa and Hannah Myers each had 13 points for Eastern. Suburban improved to 16-3 overall and 11-2 in York-Adams Division II.
York Catholic 62, Hanover 28: At Hanover, Katie Bauhof poured in 19 points to lead York Catholic, while Jania Wright added 12. Kelsey Staub's 11 points paced Hanover. The Irish improved to 15-4 overall 10-1 in York-Adams Division III.
Dover 45, Gettysburg 35: At Dover, Rajah Fink led all scorers with 16 points as the hosts held off the Warriors. Gettysburg was led by 11 points from Cierra Brown.
New Oxford 61, Spring Grove 37: At Spring Grove, Kaelyn Long poured in 20 points to power the Colonials. Morgan Hagerman had 13 points for Spring Grove.
Eastern York 58, York Suburban 47: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights outscored the visitors 21-13 in the final quarter to pull away. Broguen Nicholas led the Knights with 21 points. Jared Achterburg knocked in 16 for Eastern, while Jarad Woods scored 12. For the Trojans, Torrey Thomas scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers. Eastern improved to 10-3 in York-Adams Division II and 15-4 overall.
York Catholic 64, Bermudian Springs 34: At York Catholic, D'Andre Davis led the Irish with 15 points. Bermudian’s leading scorer was Quinton Nace with 12 points. York Catholic improved to 14-4 overall and 12-0 in York-Adams Division III.
Red Lion 73, South Western 43: At South Western, Gary Hunt led the Lions with 21 points, nailing five 3-pointers. Teammate Ken Boyd-Gillespie added 10 points for Red Lion. South Western was led by an 11-point performance from Job Brown.
Gettysburg 58, Dover 44: At Gettysburg, Ravaughn Dillard led the Warriors with 21 points. Teammate Marquise Eckhart knocked in 15 points. For the Eagles, Najah Fink scored 13 points, while Jerry O'Neal scored 11 and Keith Davis knocked in 10.
Spring Grove 61, New Oxford 44: At New Oxford, Darin Gordon led the Rockets with 18 points. Teammate Eli Brooks knocked in 13 points. For the Colonials, Devon Duvall scored 11 points. Spring Grove improved to 9-2 in York-Adams Division I and 15-2 overall.
York Country Day 70, High Point Baptist 53: At York, the Greyhounds improved to 14-0 behind 26 points from DeAireus Brown and 24 from Jordan Ray. YCD trailed 17-16 after the first quarter, but used a 25-6 second-quarter surge to break the game open.
Hershey Christian 47, Christian School of York 37: At Hummelstown, Jesse Brittell led the Crusaders with 12 points.
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