High school basketball games in March are normally quite different then they are in December.
That’s something that both coaches from the clash between York-Adams League Division II rivals Susquehannock and York Suburban understand.
The Warriors, a team that won the District 3 Class 5-A title before advancing to the PIAA Class 5-A semifinals last March, and the Trojans, a team that qualified for the PIAA Class 4-A playoffs, certainly expect to see marked improvement as the 2017-18 seasons progresses.
So perhaps the early season clash between a pair of 2-0 teams on Tuesday, Dec. 12, should be taken with a grain of salt, with March still several months away.
Susquehannock may be favored to repeat as York-Adams Division II champion, but the Warriors and coach Dave Schreiner know that doing it again won’t come easy. Schreiner and his crew found that out first hand when the host Trojans gave them all that they could handle.
Leading by six points with under a minute to play in overtime, the visitors gave Suburban an opportunity to come back with a mix of inexperience and poor judgement. The home team, however, was unable to make the Warriors pay the price and Susquehannock hung on in a nail-biter, 47-45.
“Inexperience, and I thought it was a little rugged down the stretch to say the least,” Schreiner said. “We just couldn’t find a way to put it away and we had the opportunities. We made some little mistakes. Just mental errors and I talked about mental errors (after the game).”
Schreiner’s frustration was evident in the extra session. After Taylor Tannura extended the lead to 47-41 with 40.4 seconds left, Suburban’s Katherine Mooney was fouled while converting on a layin. Mooney, however, missed the shot but her teammate Ali Reinecker collected the rebound and was fouled, resulting in two more free throws with 25.6 seconds left. Reinecker converted both to make it a two-point contest.
With no timeouts left, the Warriors were unable to get the ball in-bounds after Reinecker’s shots, resulting in a five-second call. Schreiner could only put his hands on his head in disbelief.
“A lot of mental errors,” he said.
The takeaway from the game for Schreiner, however, is that somehow his team hung on. The Susquehannock defense came up big several times, forcing a turnover with under 20 seconds left that was corralled by Tannura. Suburban had one last chance with 2.7 seconds left, but Reinecker couldn’t get a shot off before time expired.
“But, yeah, there was a lot of things that we did right,” Schreiner said. “We hung in there together and I felt that, while we had some inexperience on the floor, that we had enough.”
Tannura was quite pivotal in the overtime. The senior guard converted on four free throws en route to 11 points. Jaden Walker, who picked up two fouls early in the first half, stayed out of foul trouble in the second half while leading the Warriors with 13 points.
While the Warriors can breathe a sigh of relief, the Trojans found out that they have what it takes to play with just about anyone in what figures to be an ultra-competitive D-II. The Suburban defense was particularly impressive at key times, forcing turnovers. That’s something that coach Jess Barley was proud to see from her team.
“I thought we had some really good chances,” Barley said. “And against a team like Susquehannock, you have to capitalize on those chances. We were one or two shots (away) from pulling out the win, but I am proud of how we played. We were down in the fourth and down in overtime and we showed a lot of mental toughness.”
Mooney led the Trojans with a game-high 16 points, while Kennedy McKee chipped in 11 more for Suburban.
Central York 51, Dallastown 44: At Dallastown, Nikson Valencik collected 18 points and Teirra Prteston chipped in 14 to power the Panthers. Aniya Matthews paced Dallastown with 19 points.
Spring Grove 40, South Western 39 (OT): At Spring Grove, Maddie Hagerman led the Rockets with 12 points, while Lexi Hoffman added 11. For South Western, Taylor Geiman's 19 points led all scorers.
Eastern York 57, Northeastern 39: At Wrightsville, Hannah Myers poured in 23 points and Addy Malone contributed 15 for the Golden Knights. Logan Jennings' 11 points led Northeastern.
New Oxford 68, York High 25: At New Oxford, Morgan Adams' 18 points led the home team to the victory. Teammate Daelyn Stabler knocked in 15 points.
Gettysburg 35, Kennard-Dale 34: At Fawn Grove, the Warriors narrowly prevailed. Alana Bortner scored a team-high 13 points to lead Gettysburg, while Taylor Richardson added 10. Jaedyn McKeon had 13 to lead Kennard-Dale and Megan Halczuk poured in 10.
Red Lion Christian 49, Heritage Christian 10: At Heritage, Destiny Hollingshead poured in 16 points to lead RLC.
Christian School of York 45, Covenant Christian 5: At Covenant Christian, Kendis Butler led the Crusaders with 20 points.
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