It was never a question of if, but a question of when.
Well, when came Friday night.
That's the night that York Catholic standout Kate Bauhof soared past 1,000 points for her career.
After pouring in 27 in a victory over Delone Catholic last Wednesday, Bauhof was just nine points shy of 1,000.
The reigning York-Adams League scoring champion finally got to the milestone Friday on the road at Biglerville. She knocked down a long-range 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the first quarter to get to the mark.
With the Irish leading by double figures at that point, the junior's scoring was done for the night in what was a 63-26 victory. She remained in the contest in the first half, but her primary focus shifted to finding open looks for her teammates.
“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.”
Bauhof becomes the ninth Fighting Irish girls' basketball player to reach the mark. She joins a list of recent additions that includes players such as Amanda Weaver, Megan Stewart, Morgan Klunk and all-time leading scorer Kady Schrann (2,162).
Who's next: New Oxford senior Kaelyn Long is the next closest girls’ player to 1,000 for her career. After pouring in 23 points in Saturday's 60-50 victory over State College, Long is just 69 points shy of the milestone.
Entering the season, Central York senior Emma Saxton was 316 points shy of 1,000 for her career. Through Saturday's contest, Saxton currently sits with 844 career points, putting the Bloomsburg recruit 156 points away from the milestone.
Several other players are within striking distance, especially if they can play deep into the playoffs. Red Lion senior Amy Maciejewski just went over the 700 mark, as did Dover junior Rajah Fink. Eastern York’s Hannah Myers, Central’s Nikson Valencik and Susquehannock’s Tyler Williams are all currently in the 600 range.
Division II race up for grabs: There was some idea that the race for the Division II girls' title would be interesting in the preseason.
But not many expected this. As of Sunday, three teams share the top spot in the standings. Eastern York, Dover and Susquehannock are all 5-1. Gettysburg, who somehow handed the Golden Knights their lone divisional loss of the season last week, and West York are both at 3-3 while York Suburban is 2-4.
Those three, however, won’t be sharing for much longer. Eastern York travels to Dover York for the first of two showdowns this season on Wednesday.
Susquehannock, who fell to Eastern back on Dec. 16, gets a rematch the Knights on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The Warriors, who handed Dover its only defeat in the division so far, square off with the Eagles on Jan. 24.
It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if some upsets pop up along the way. As Gettysburg showed last week, there really are no cupcakes on the Division II schedule this season.
On the horizon: In addition to Wednesday’s showdown in Dover, a couple of other notable clashes are coming up.
Division I leader Central York will take on Eastern York Monday, Jan. 16, in what could be a possible York-Adams League playoff preview. The Panthers are perhaps the most complete team in the league this season, with a solid starting lineup that features strong play both inside and outside.
After an unexpectedly hot 8-0 start to the campaign, the Golden Knights dropped back-to-back contests to Gettysburg and Delone last week. The question is, can Central find a way to bottle up Hannah Myers, who is third in the league in scoring at 18.8 points per game.
The Hanover Hawkettes, at 8-4 overall and 3-2 in Division III, will get a chance to find out where they reside in the divisional hierarchy Friday when they host Delone Catholic (8-3, 4-1). The Squirettes are again finding ways to get it done without the services of Jill Novak, whose season ended last month after another ACL injury. Delone went through a three-game losing streak without Novak until knocking off Eastern last week.
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