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Central York boys' basketball defeated Governor Mifflin, 56-46 on Friday to advance to the District 3 Class 6-A semifinals. York Dispatch

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With a week off between the York-Adams League title game and his team’s first District 3 playoff contest, Kevin Schieler focused on keeping the Central York players’ energy up during their layoff.

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Early in Central York’s meeting with 10th-seeded Governor Mifflin (15-11), it looked like the second-seeded Panthers were still on their first-round bye.

The Mustangs opened the game on a 7-1 spurt, which forced Schieler to take a timeout and change the intensity level his team was playing at.

“We just told them to wake up,” Schieler said. “We had a lack of focus. I just think we had to wake up a little bit.”

That timeout hit the Panthers like a shot of espresso. 

Central York (22-3) unleashed a 25-2 run that ran through the middle of the second quarter, led by senior Gabe Guidinger, who poured in 13 of his game-high 19 points before halftime.

The tremendous turnaround following the timeout created enough separation between the teams that Central never trailed by less than 10 points en route to a 56-46 victory.

“We came out expecting to punch them in the mouth without much effort, but they showed us that they’re a solid team,” Guidinger said. “So, we just had to come out and re-focus.”

Big first half: Central York extended a 10-point lead after the first eight minutes to 17 as it headed into the locker room. The Panthers held the Mustangs to five points in the second quarter and got a pair of big 3-pointers from guards Trey Sweigart and Mitch Saxton.

After halftime, it looked like both teams needed a wake-up call once again. Each squad managed just seven points, but the Panthers’ 17-point lead carried into the final eight minutes.

Governor Mifflin battled back late, but didn’t have the perimeter shooting necessary to complete the comeback. Bryce Harman and Gregory Suber each had 13 to lead the Mustangs in points.

Staying focused: Guidinger was the only Panther in double figures with 19, while Sweigart and Saxton added nine and eight points, respectively. 

Turnovers and fouls allowed Governor Mifflin to get back into the game late and Schieler said that part of his plan in practice this weekend will be to prepare the players better for the pressure that comes in the clutch, final moments of the game.

“We gotta make sure we’re not letting the game take over our emotions and we’re keeping everything balanced and in check so next time around we can execute a little bit better,” Schieler said.

From the start: Central York’s next opponent will be No. 3 seed Reading (17-7). Reading advanced on Friday night with a 50-47 win over No. 11 seed Harrisburg. Tuesday's game will tip off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Central.

Guidinger and Schieler both said that the team can’t afford to spot any more teams early leads if it hopes to continue advancing in the playoffs.

Whatever woke up the Panthers after Schieler’s timeout early against Governor Mifflin will need to be there again on Tuesday if the Panthers want to achieve their goals and reach at least one more title game this season.

“That little run we went on in the first and second quarter there was us doing the little things right in our game plan,” Schieler said. “We just gotta make sure we do that from the start on Tuesday night.” 

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Delone Catholic 62, Susquenita 30: At McSherrystown, the Squirettes had no trouble in their District 3 Class 3-A semifinal.

Brooke Lawyer led top-seeded Delone with 21 points and eight rebounds. The Squirettes improved to 23-1, while fourth-seeded Susquenita fell to 20-6.

Delone advances to the district title game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Hershey's Giant Center against No. 2 seed Trinity (19-5), which rolled in its semifinal vs. No. 3 seed Pequea Valley (21-7), 58-43.

Delone dominated Trinity during the regular season, 58-39. Trinity, however, dominated Delone in last year's District 3 3-A final, 44-33.

Gettysburg 48, York Suburban 29: At Gettysburg, the Warriors beat visiting York Suburban for a third time this season to advance to the District 3 Class 5-A semifinals.

Cheyenne Proctor (14), Camryn Felix (12) and Anne Bair (12) each reached double digits for Gettysburg. Alyssa Dougherty’s eight points paced Suburban.

No. 2 seed Gettysburg improved to 24-3. No. 7 seed Suburban fell to 16-8.

The Warriors will face another York-Adams rival (West York) in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gettysburg. West York and Gettysburg split their regular-season contests and also shared the York-Adams Division II crown.

In consolation action at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Suburban (16-8) will travel to sixth-seeded Lower Dauphin (15-7).

West York 54, Lower Dauphin 48: At West York, the Bulldogs punched their District 3 Class 5-A semifinal ticket by beating Lower Dauphin.

The third-seeded Bulldogs are now 21-4.

Twin Valley 73, Spring Grove 28: At Twin Valley, the fifth-seeded Rockets were no match for the fourth-seeded home team in a District 3 Class 5-A quarterfinal.

Ella Kale’s 10 points led the Rockets.

Spring Grove dropped into the consolation bracket. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Rockets will play host to Berks Catholic (16-10). Spring Grove is now 17-7. Twin Valley improved to 20-6.

Berks Catholic dropped into the consolation bracket with a 52-32 loss to No. 1 seed Mechanicsburg (23-2).

Eastern York 59, Wyomissing 27: At Wrightsville, the third-seeded Golden Knights cruised to the District 3 Class 4-A semifinals with a win vs. sixth-seeded Wyomissing.

Victoria Zerbe (14), Lilyana Campbell (11), Addison Malone (10) and Mara Weaver (10) each hit double digits for Eastern. Both teams are now 17-7.

Eastern will travel to second-seeded Northern Lebanon (21-3) for its semifinal contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Northern Lebanon triumphed Friday over seventh-seeded Bishop McDevitt, 60-45. McDevitt fell to 11-10.

Susquehanna Twp. 67, Bermudian Springs 63: At Susquehanna Twp., the fifth-seeded Eagles fell to fourth-seeded Susquehanna Twp. in a District 3 Class 4-A quarterfinal.

Bermudian fell to 18-6. Susquehanna Twp. improved to 18-5.

Bailey Oehmig (21), Hannah Chenault (15), Lillian Peters (12) and Skyler West (10) each reached double digits for the Eagles.

Bermudian drops into consolation action at 7 p.m. Tuesday in York Springs vs. No. 8 seed Fleetwood, which dropped its quarterfinal on Friday vs. No. 1  seed Lancaster Catholic, 57-27. Lancaster Catholic improved to 23-3.

Christian School of York 38, New Covenant Christian 16: At York, CSY improved to 23-2 overall with a District 3 Class 1-A quarterfinal win.

The Defenders have won 22 straight games. No. 10 seed New Covenant fell to 10-11.

CSY will next play host to No. 3 seed Greenwood at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals. Greenwood (19-6) advanced to the semifinals with a 49-19 win vs. No. 6 seed Halifax, which dropped to 12-11.

Reach Rob Rose at rrose@yorkdispatch.com.

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