GIRLS' HOOPS: Susquehannock, Central to play for title
In a field featuring three York County teams and four strong programs, the Susquehannock and Central York girls' basketball teams booked their spots into Thursday's Central York Holiday Tournament championship game.
The Warriors earned their trip into the title game with a 52-47 win over York Catholic in the first semifinal on Wednesday night, while the host Panthers easily got past Cedar Cliff, 66-37.
With the wins, Susquehannock improved to 7-2 on the season and Central York got to 7-1.
In the first semifinal, the Warriors got a balanced scoring performance from Tyler Williams and Jaden Walker. Williams finished with a team-high 15 points, while Walker poured in 14. Together, they withstood the sharp shooting of Fighting Irish junior Kate Bauhof, who dropped a game-high 24 points for York Catholic (4-2). However, Bauhof was the only member of her team to score in double figures.
In the second game, the host Panthers dominated three quarters of the game and got double-digit scoring performances from three different players. Nikson Valencik led the hosts with 19 points, followed by 15 from Teirra Preston and 12 from Emma Saxton.
The Lady Colts and Fighting Irish will play in the consolation game on Thursday at 6 p.m., followed by the championship game between Susquehannock and Central York.
West York 51, Greencastle 24: The West York girls gave up just seven points in the second half en route to the Lower Dauphin Holiday Tournament title. The Bulldogs led 19-17 at halftime before taking control in the second half. A balanced attack that saw all five West York starters score at least six points. Catie McCarty led the Bulldogs with 14 points, while Paige Weekly added 11.
York Suburban 39, Manheim Central 36: At the York Suburban Tournament, Parker Faircloth-Henise scored 12 points to help her team to the first-round win. Katherine Mooney added 10 points for the Trojans. Suburban will face Cedar Crest in Thursday's final. Cedar Crest beat South Western, 52-34.
Lower Dauphin 40, Dallastown 18: At Hummelstown, the Wildcats lost the consolation game to the host Falcons in the Lower Dauphin Tournament. Dallastown managed just four points in three of the four quarters and made six field goals in the entire game.
Biglerville 42, York Country Day 31: At Biglerville, the Greyhounds led 17-13 at the half, but were unable to hold on at the Canner Round Robin Tournament. Jamiece Malehorn led the Greyhounds with eight points. For the Canners, Liz Burke scored 18 points. Malehorn was also named to the all-tournament team.