The West York girls' basketball team utilized a stout defensive effort in the second half to defeat Gettysburg, 43-28. Check out the story at yorkdispatch.com/sports. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
The West York girls’ basketball team showed the program’s future how to battle through adversity Tuesday night.
With the Bulldogs hosting a Youth Night, West York came out sluggish in a turnover-prone first half before righting the ship in time to claim a 43-28 victory against Gettysburg.
The win moves West York to 6-3 for the season and improves its York-Adams Division II record to 3-1. It was also a key triumph in that it helped break a second-place tie with Warriors, who are now 4-5, with a 2-2 D-II mark. Susquehannock leads the division at 3-0.
“We just had to regroup and go back to our key points on how to stop Gettysburg, and we did that in the second half,” West York head coach Jim Kunkle said. “The first half, they beat us on the boards 16-9 and we had seven unforced turnovers. … But, I’m very proud of them in the second half ... gave up six points in the whole second half.”
One of the main reasons for the West York win was a stout defensive effort in that second half. The Bulldogs would only allow three points each in the third and fourth quarters. Also of note was the fact that the three points the Warriors put on the board in the final seven minutes came at the free throw line.
When things finally got going offensively for the Bulldogs, it would be sophomores Alyssa Zorbaugh and Alayna Harris who pushed West York in the right direction.
Trailing 22-17 at halftime, Harris scored six of her 10 points and Zorbaugh would record four of her game-high 13 to account for all 10 West York points in the third quarter. Makennah Hoffman added 10 points on the night for the 'Dogs.
In a way, Tuesday’s victory was exactly what Kunkle was looking for.
“I think they’re reacting well,” Kunkle said to his team having to fight for victories early in the year. “I’d rather have close games anyway. We will benefit in the long run from them.”
Things didn’t look good initially for a West York side that only hit three of 13 shots from the floor and turned the ball over four times during a slow first quarter.
However, the early signs that defense could get the Bulldogs through their funk were evident in the underneath play of Paige Weekly. The senior blocked four shots during the opening quarter, and five of her six swats came in the first half.
She would also add four points and six rebounds to her totals. In addition, her ability to open the lane by dragging defenders away from the basket opened things up for Zorbaugh and Harris in the second half.
After being down 12-6 after one quarter, the Bulldogs' first signs of offensive life came in a 7-0 run that saw them take their first lead of the game with 5:02 left before halftime. Zorbaugh punctuated that run with three straight points.
Gettysburg received a team-high 12 points from Alana Bortner. The Warriors also got 10 points from Cheyenne Proctor, who knocked down three 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs will now only see their home gym during practice for a two-week stretch that sees West York on the road for six straight games starting with Friday’s trip to Northeastern.
“This will be a good test for us, especially with a lot of divisional games,” Kunkle said of the stretch. “We can’t take any team lightly, I think Division II is any team can beat any other team on a given night.”
Delone Catholic 62, Eastern York 49: At McSherrystown, the Squirettes won behind 14 points from Dee McCormick and 11 from Riley Vingsen. Eastern got 14 points from Mara Weaver, 13 from Cassidy Arnold and 10 from Hannah Myers. The Squirettes trailed 25-23 at halftime, but used a 23-6 third-quarter surge to take control. Delone also had a big edge at the foul line, going 15 for 19, while Eastern was 8 for 22. Delone improved to 8-1. Eastern fell to 4-4.
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