There’s no doubt that York Catholic girls’ basketball standout Kate Bauhof can score.
She's averaged nearly 20 points a game for her career so far.
Entering Wednesday evening’s clash with parochial rival Delone Catholic, Bauhof was on a bit of a cold spell. She only scored six points in a loss to Cedar Cliff, none of which came after the first quarter.
Everyone figured that spell wouldn’t last. But after going scoreless in the first quarter against the Squirettes, her scoreless streak reached a full four periods.
Then it happened.
Bauhof drained a 3-pointer late in the second quarter. That was just a prelude of what was to come. The junior blistered the visitors for 27 points total, including the go-ahead basket with 2 minutes, 14 seconds left, that lifted the Irish to a thrilling come-from-behind 67-62 triumph.
With those 27 points Wednesday, Bauhof closed to within nine points of 1,000 for her career. She will get her chance to reach that milestone Friday when the Irish (5-3 overall, 4-0 in York-Adams Division III) travel to Biglerville.
“She’s a scorer,” Delone Catholic coach Gerry Eckenrode said of Bauhof. “She’s the best scorer in the league, and I don’t think that anybody is even close.”
It’s not a surprise that York Catholic was able to rally back from a deficit that reached as high as 14 points in the second half behind the play of their superstar. Bauhof sparked the comeback with another 3-pointer midway through the third quarter that brought the Irish within 41-32. Moments later she connected on another one.
“I think (I get going) definitely later in the game, when it’s crunch time," Bauhof said. "But I think the entire team is like that. The fans get into it and I think it just boosts everyone.”
Putting up big numbers, however, is not really Bauhof's primary focus. Getting victories, especially ones such as Wednesday's win against a big rival, are way more important to her.
“I’m just about our team getting better together and just getting far into the postseason. That’s all I want to do,” she said.
Once the momentum got rolling in York’s favor, there was little that Eckenrode and his team could do to stop it. The Irish pressured Delone’s young and relatively inexperienced guards into a handful of turnovers down the stretch while capitalizing on those miscues at the other end the court.
Some of the Delone fans were getting on Eckenrode late in the game to hold the ball, which irked the veteran coach a bit. There’s no doubt that Eckenrode would have liked to do just that, but sometimes it’s easier said than done.
“We have to be better ball-handlers, which we are not,” said Eckenrode, whose team dropped to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the division after their third consecutive loss.
“Just poise and get the ball in and be confident in your ability. They’re still not confident with their ability and until they get over that it’ll be tough. We played in a tough environment here tonight on their floor. It doesn’t look like we work on it every day at practice, but we do.”
While the Irish have a good mix of guard and forward play, the Squirettes are certainly more forward-dominated. Catherine Apgar, a six-plus footer, led her team with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while fellow post players Maddie Clabaugh and Bradi Zumbrum combined for another 13 points.
While the victory was no doubt a relief for the Irish and their head coach, Kevin Bankos, there are certainly things that Bankos and his coaching staff know they need to fix before playoff time comes around.
“I’m happy that we won, but I’m still thinking about all the things that we have not done well yet,” he said. “I didn’t expect to have to coach the passion to get loose balls. I think we got out-hustled in the first half on every loose ball and every rebound. For me, that’s what I’m thinking about.”
Dover 49, Spring Grove 44, OT: At Dover, the Eagles survived a scare to improve to 10-1 overall and 4-1 in York-Adams Division II. No other details were reported.
Cocalico 56, Northeastern 38: At Cocalico, Kendra Meyer scored 13 points and Camryn Maxfield and Amara Bitting added 10 each for Northeastern in a losing cause.
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