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York Suburban coasts past York High

RYAN VANDERSLOOT
The York Dispatch

The York Suburban girls’ basketball team may not play the prettiest game on most nights.

Spectacular individual moves, jaw-dropping outside shots and flashy passes are few and far between.

It’s not really their style.

But, what fits the Trojans style is in how they play extremely effective team defense.

That certainly is a major reason for their success so far this season.

The Suburban blueprint for carving up opponents was in effect Monday as it hosted an up-and-coming York High squad in a York-Adams League inter-divisional clash.

Coach Jess Barley’s crew frustrated the Bearcats offensively with a zone defense that forced shots from the perimeter. And the few times that the visitors were able to get into the lane, they were there to force off-balance shots while cleaning up the misses off the glass.

The result was a near masterful 50-38 victory over York High that improved the home team’s record on the season to an impressive 12-2.

“The girls did a nice job of executing,” Barley said of her team, which held York to just 15-of-59 shooting (25.4 percent).

The home team, however, did have its own issues with a York defense that forced 24 turnovers for the contest. But, when they did find their 1-2 combo of Molly Day and Parker Faircloth-Henise, the Trojans found ways to score.

Day finished with 10 points, nearly all of which came on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting night at the free throw line. Day also tallied a handful of assists, most of which went to Faircloth-Henise, who led her team with 15 points.

“I’m glad they’re on my team,” Barley said with a laugh. “But, they are really tough matchups because of their size. Molly is so versatile in that she can also step out and shoot the ball and handle the ball too.”

A bonus for Barley’s team, which sits in the middle of the pack in the Y-A League in scoring at just over 40 points per game, was in getting 12 points from guard Georgia Dumars. The junior knocked down 4-of-6 shots for the night from the floor.

“She’s doing her job,” Barley said. “She can be deadly from the 3-point line.”

With York High pressing throughout the final quarter, the Trojans held it at bay at the one place they’ve had the most trouble all season – the free throw line. Suburban connected on 13-of-17 attempts for the contest, which is a stark contrast to their 50.4 percent average heading into the night.

“Clutch,” Barley said of her team’s effort at the line. “But, trust me, we’re working at that 50 percent thing.”

The setback was certainly a disappointment for Bearcats coach Larry Corbin. Corbin has led his team to the most wins in a season (eight) in over a decade. They were coming off a week in which they knocked off Central York and Littlestown while pushing Red Lion to what would have been a season-defining upset.

Instead of building on that momentum, York High had trouble with the Trojan defense. Corbin’s squad tallied just 14 points by halftime.

“I think that our energy level was really low all game,” he said. “I’m really disappointed with where we were as a team today.”

The Bearcats picked things up in the second half behind their standout Chyna Steele, who finished with a game-high 17 points. Steele got the ball into the paint that forced the zone to collapse and free up teammates.

Unfortunately for Corbin’s crew, which fell to 8-7 on the campaign, a lot of those shots just didn’t fall.

“I told (our girls) that (Suburban) is a very good team,” Corbin said. “They’re a tough team. But we just didn’t respond well.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Red Lion Christian 52, TEACH 23: At Red Lion, the Lady Swordsmen held TEACH to single-digit scoring in every quarter en route to the blowout victory. RLC got 13-point performances from Liz Baker, Allie Damiano and Destiny Hollingshead. With the victory, the Lady Swordsmen improve to 8-2 on the season.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Red Lion 55, Greencastle-Antrim 48: At Greencastle, the visiting Lions used a big fourth quarter to turn a one-point advantage into a seven point victory. Red Lion outscored Greencastle in three of the four quarters, a major reason why it erased a four-point halftime deficit and came away with the win. Wyatt Tyson led all scorers in the game with 25 points, while Ryan Schreckengost added 11 for the Lions.

Red Lion Christian 69, TEACH 58: At Red Lion, the Swordsmen started fast with a 22-point first quarter and finished even stronger, posting 23 points in the final frame to earn the home win over TEACH. John Keenen had a monster game for RLC, securing a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Zach Fahs recorded 17 points for the Swordsmen, while Robert Englestad and Tate Pendell each finished with near double-doubles. Englestad recorded nine points and 10 rebounds, while Pendell finished with eight points and 13 assists. RLC is now 8-3 on the year.

— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com