DALLASTOWN — For some reason, West York girls’ basketball coach Darrell Wildasin wasn’t worried when one of his standout players, Angie Hawkins, was lying down near midcourt.
Injuries haven’t been especially kind for the Bulldogs this year. Freshman star Mackenna Hoffman separated her shoulder in a loss to Susquehannock a month ago, ending her season.
Then at the end of practice Monday, another injury caused Wildasin to scramble to replace freshman standout Alayna Harris in the lineup.
All of that, however, didn’t worry Wildasin when Hawkins needed medical help during his team's contest at Dallastown in a York-Adams League crossover game on Tuesday.
He figured — and rightly so — that she would be OK.
Fortunately for him, she was a little better than that.
The junior scored 10 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help the Bulldogs (11-4 overall) rally from a seven-point deficit in the third period en route to a 47-43 overtime triumph over the Wildcats (7-8).
“I wasn’t worried,” Wildasin said. “She’s a little over-dramatic sometimes. But she’s a tough girl.”
Moments after leaving the court on her own power, Hawkins was back at it. With her team trailing the Wildcats 25-18, they needed her.
Hawkins helped get the ball inside on a couple occasions to her team’s emerging one-two inside duo of Paige Weekly and Catie McCarty. A feed to McCarty, who finished with 10 points, tied the score at 27-27 late in the third.
Hawkins, however, was the on the receiving end of one of the game’s biggest plays near the end of regulation. Trailing 36-34, Weekly dribbled into the lane before finding Hawkins underneath for the game-tying basket with 4.5 seconds left.
That assist was arguably way more important than the big numbers that Weekly put up. The junior scored a team-high 17 points to go with game-high 17 rebounds.
“Big night for Paige,” Wildasin said in a bit of an understatement.
Had a couple plays went the other way, it would have very likely been Dallastown’s Julia Sutton getting the attention. The Wildcat junior finished with a game-high 19 points, that included four 3-pointers as well as a perfect 7-for-7 performance from the foul line.
“She’s a good player,” Dallastown coach Jay Rexroth said. “I thought she was really clutch tonight.”
Sutton calmly drilled a 3-pointer just seconds after the Bulldogs extended the lead to 45-40 with just under a minute remaining. Her team, however, was unable to convert with a chance to tie before the Bulldogs put the ball in Hawkins’ hands with the game on the line.
A couple of quick fouls sent Hawkins, the team’s best free throw shooter, to the line with 7.7 seconds left. You don’t have to remind Wildasin about his team and free throws. Entering the night at nearly 45 percent as a team at the line, West York was just 2 of 8 in the first half.
So, of course, Hawkins hit both to pretty much seal the victory.
“We work very, very hard on free throws,” Hawkins said after her team finished 6 of 12 at the line. “And we actually accomplished our goal. We made all of our free throws (four) in the second half, which is really good for us. And that’s what we needed at the end of the game.”
York Catholic 75, Fairfield 53: At York Catholic, Melik Martin scored a team-high 20 points and D’Andre Davis added 15 more as the Irish protected home court. Trystan Griffith scored a game-high 21 points for Fairfield to lead all scorers. York Catholic improved to 14-1 overall and 8-0 in York-Adams Division III.
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