DALLASTOWN — An ACL injury forced New Oxford's Haley Still to watch the 2015-16 high school basketball season from the sideline.
Still returned this season, and she and her teammates achieved a preseason goal by playing in the York-Adams Tournament championship game.
The Lady Colonials will take on Central York at 7 p.m. Thursday at York College's Wolf Gymnasium.
"It's awesome," Still said after New Oxford punched its ticket to the final with a 57-40 victory over rival Delone Catholic on Tuesday night. "Being out my junior year, and getting to play my senior year, one last drive with the girls I've been playing with since third grade, I'm just excited."
Still played a major role in giving her team an opportunity to win its first York-Adams Tournament title. She scored a game-high 16 points in Thursday's contest, with 12 of the points coming on 3-point shots.
Still was one of three Colonials to finish in double figures. Kaelyn Long supplied 15 points and Haley Luckabaugh had 12. Luckabaugh knocked down three 3-point shots.
Knocking down a bunch of threes wasn't something New Oxford coach James Kunkle was expecting when his team took the floor. When the Colonials found room behind the arc, however, they were on target.
"I thought coming in that Dallastown had some tight rims," Kunkle said. "It just went our way. We just wanted to be patient. We said we could shoot as long as our feet were set."
Still scored nine points (three 3-pointers) and Luckabaugh had five to help New Oxford (19-5) open an 18-8 lead after the first quarter. The Colonials added eight straight points to start the second quarter for a run of 16 unanswered points. New Oxford took a commanding 36-21 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Delone wasn't finished, though. The Squirettes scored the first eight points of the third quarter to shave the deficit to seven.
Enter Still, who drilled a 3-point shot from the right wing at the 6:00 mark to start a run of nine straight Lady Colonials' points. Delone didn't seriously challenge the rest of the way.
"They came out really strong to start the third quarter, and we just had to keep our composure," Still said. "We knew what we were capable of, and we weren't going to give up."
The Colonials kept their composure and earned a coveted spot in the final.
"It was our goal to get to York College, and we knew we had the team to get there," Kunkle said. "For a second-year coach coming in with a group of girls like this is awesome. It's great for them."
New Oxford will now try to solve the Central puzzle. The Colonials suffered two losses to the Panthers in the regular season, both by at least 25 points.
Madison Clabaugh led Delone Catholic (18-6) with 14 points, and Ashlyn Miller contributed 12 points for the Squirettes.
Arlington Baptist 76, Red Lion Christian 30: Red Lion Christian suffered a 76-30 loss at Arlington Baptist. Brennan Warner had nine points for RLC, while Myles Willard added eight.
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