GLEN ROCK — There’s a lot to be excited about for the Susquehannock girls’ basketball team.
Guard Jayla Galbreath can knock down shots from outside the arc. Forward Jaden Walker has a nice blend of inside-outside game. So too does Anna Mahan. Tyler Williams has a knack for finding loose balls and rebounds. And Taylor Tannura gives it her all on the defensive end every night.
While each of the Warrior starters are standouts in their own right, they haven’t always played together as a cohesive unit. Despite a terrific season a year ago, coach Dave Schreiner’s crew found out the hard way, come playoff time, that playing as a team is more important than playing great individually.
With that lesson in the back of their heads, the Warriors have grown into a more team-first mentality. And when they play like that, opponents find it very difficult to stop them.
Such was the case Wednesday evening when Susquehannock hosted Eastern York in a battle of York-Adams League Division II co-leaders. Both sides entered the night with identical 7-1 division records, but only one of them would claim sole possession of first place.
That side turned out to be Schreiner’s club, who used a 16-7 edge in the third period to propel them to a convincing 59-32 victory.
“We are just trying to win together as a team,” said Williams, who scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the third. “We know we have to play together.”
While Williams, who finished with nine rebounds, was easy to spot in the third period, Galbreath (19 points) and Walker (14 points) were just effective. That led to an output in the second half in which the Warriors scored more points (37) than the Golden Knights did all night long (32).
“We played together,” Schreiner said, whose team improved to 13-3 overall. “We played at both ends of the court really well and we looked for each other. The kids played really hard.”
Truth be told, it was the home team that was really geared up for Wednesday’s showdown. Their only loss of the season came back in December when the Knights scored a 49-44 triumph. Since then, the Warriors were quietly awaiting a chance to seek some payback.
They were able to do that because of dominating play inside all night long. It didn’t hurt that Eastern standout Hannah Myers, who torched them for 23 points in the first contest, was mired in foul trouble the entire night. Myers finished with a season-low two points on Wednesday.
“We were only down six (22-16) at the half,” said Eastern coach Brad Weaver, whose team dropped to 11-5 overall. “Hannah got into some foul trouble (three fouls in the first half). The plan was to come out and make a run at it right away and it just kind of all fell apart.”
Weaver can thank Williams for that. The senior had a direct hand in nearly all 16 of her team’s points in the third.
The Warrior standout, however, was quick to brush off her individual effort.
“Now I feel that we’re hitting our stride,” said Williams, who missed tying her career-high in points by six (26). “We are really starting to play together and work as one cohesive team.”
The funny thing about the York-Adams League this season is that one week a team is flying high and the next week it can get beat down pretty low. The Knights, who were coming off Monday’s 95-60 loss to Central York, were riding high after knocking off Dover last week.
Just seven days later they are wondering what went wrong.
Schreiner knows that all too well. While his club sits atop the standings at 8-1 now, pivotal showdowns await with games against West York and Dover on the horizon. The Bulldogs played the Warriors to overtime in the first contest. And they’ll be entering Friday’s clash riding a four-game winning streak in addition to getting the return of freshman Mackenna Hoffman back into action.
“I told the kids, ‘Enjoy the win tonight and for a little bit (Thursday),’” Schreiner said. “We have to get back to work. It’s a grind. Friday we’re right back here and then we have Dover next week.”
Brook LaCesa led the Knights with 10 points.
Central York 40, Red Lion 38: At Red Lion, Emma Saxton's layup at the buzzer lifted the Panthers to the win. Saxton finished with 16 points. Sarah Sepic added 13 points. Amy Maciejewski led Red Lion with 13 points, while Kynslee Shepard added 10. Central improved to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in York-Adams Division I.
West York 49, Gettysburg 39: At West York, Catie McCarty poured in 19 points to power West York. Devetche Johnson had 12 points for Gettysburg. West York improved to 12-4 overall and 6-3 in York-Adams Division II.
York Suburban 67, Northeastern 28: At Manchester, Ali Renecker (18) and Parker Faircloth-Henise (17) combined for 35 points to pace Suburban. Amara Bitting had 11 points for Northeastern.
Spring Grove 61, York High 42: At Spring Grove, the Rockets took a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Brooklyn Naylor led the Rockets with17 points. Teammate Ashton Ball knocked in 10 points. For the Bearcats, Bink Redman scored 15 points.
Dover 60, Kennard-Dale 36: At Dover, the Eagles improved to 12-3 overall and 6-3 in York-Adams Division II. No other details were available.
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