With the York-Adams League girls’ basketball playoffs now concluded, after Central York’s 65-50 victory last Thursday against New Oxford, the attention now switches to the upcoming District 3 tournament.
While the pressure of the league playoffs is higher than it was during the regular season, it only increases now that the district playoffs are upon us.
There are 12 teams from the York-Adams area that qualified for district play. Of those 12, half of them will participate in a win-or-go-home contests the next time they take the court.
The good news is that most of those teams are expected to advance.
Susquehannock (19-4) and New Oxford (19-6) are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively, in the Class 5-A bracket, which begins play Tuesday. Both the Warriors, who play host to No. 15 Mechanicsburg (11-11), and Colonials, who play host to No. 14 Muhlenberg (14-8), are favorites to claim victories.
Dover (17-6), the No. 7 seed, also will play at home game against No. 10 Fleetwood. Fellow Division II rival West York (15-7), the No. 9 seed, will travel to face No. 8 Greencastle-Antrim (18-5), a team the Bulldogs soundly defeated, 52-24, back on Dec. 28.
Hanover (12-10), the No. 4 seed, also earned a home contest for its Class 3-A clash against No. 5 Pequea Valley (9-13) Tuesday.
A strong case could be made that all five of those clubs will advance. The final team in question, Dallastown (12-11), will have a much tougher task in the Class 6-A bracket.
The Wildcats, the No. 11 seed, will travel to take on No. 6 Governor Mifflin (16-7) Monday evening. That showdown will be a rematch of the first game of the season between those two teams. The Mustangs scored a 52-42 victory back in early December at the Hempfield Tip-Off Tournament.
For the other six teams the situation is not quite as dire.
Central (23-2) is the No. 4 seed in the Class 6-A bracket. The York-Adams champion will square off against the winner of the first-round clash between No. 5 Cedar Cliff (17-5), a team they defeated 66-37 on Dec. 28, and No. 12 Wilson (14-10) Thursday at home.
In Class 4-A, both Eastern York (14-9) and York Suburban (13-9) earned byes in the quarterfinals of the 10-team bracket. Both teams also are well aware of who they will face come Friday. The Knights, the No. 5 seed, will travel to No. 4 Lancaster Catholic (19-5), while the Trojans, the No. 6 seed, will hit the road against No. 3 Bishop McDevitt (19-4).
Both York Catholic (18-6) and Delone Catholic (18-6) earned byes into the semifinals in Class 3-A. The top-seeded Irish will get the winner of the Hanover/Pequea Valley contest while the No. 2 seeded Squirettes will take on the winner of the No. 3 Middletown (10-12) vs. No. 6 Tulpehocken (10-12) battle. Both semifinals are scheduled for Friday at South Western High School.
Finally in Class 1-A, No. 5 seeded Christian School of York (19-4) will take on No. 4 Lebanon Catholic (17-7) in the quarterfinals Friday at Lancaster Catholic. This clash will mark the third year in a row that these two have battled one another in the District 3 playoffs. The Beavers won both of those match-ups decisively.
Stats update: Dover’s Rajah Fink continues to lead the league in scoring average heading into District 3 play. The junior guard is putting up an even 19 points per contest this season for the Eagles. She’s also just 60 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
York Catholic standout Kate Bauhof is second in the league in scoring at 18.5 points a game, while York High’s Madey-Zania Redman is third at 18.2. Eastern York junior Hannah Myers, who is over 850 points for her career, is fourth at 17.7 points per game, while New Oxford’s Kaelyn Long averages 16.0 points a contest.
Family affair: It's been well documented that Central York senior standout Emma Saxton now has something in common with her older brother Sam — namely a York-Adams playoff title.
The Panthers' family connections don't end there, however. Allison Wagner has enjoyed the same experience with both of her brothers, Tyler and Jared, were also on the same title team with Sam Saxton,
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