SPRING GROVE — It may not have been a perfect performance by his Dallastown girls’ basketball squad on Wednesday, Jan 10, but Wildcat head coach Jay Rexroth will certainly take it.
Squaring off against one of the York-Adams League Division I co-leaders in host Spring Grove, the Wildcats willed their way past the Rockets.
Racing out to an early nine-point lead just minutes into the showdown, the visitors never gave Spring Grove much of a chance. Led by a big night from senior Julia Sutton (18 points, seven assists), the Wildcats took complete control of the game in the third period.
By the time it was over, the ‘Cats walked off the court in a three-way tie for first in the division after a convincing 64-45 triumph.
Dallastown improved to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the division. The Rockets dropped to 9-2 and 4-1, to fall into a tie with the Wildcats and the Central York Panthers (8-3, 4-1), who were upset by South Western (7-4, 3-2) Wednesday.
A smile was brought to Rexroth’s face after finding out the Mustangs downed the Panthers, 52-45. The Dallastown coach, however, came back to Earth after assessing his team’s performance.
“I thought we played well,” Rexroth said. “I don’t think we played great. We had 11 turnovers in the first half, which is highly uncharacteristic of us. And I thought we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds, which is something I think we really need to clean up.”
The offensive rebounds and turnovers, however, only caused Rexroth’s club some concern in the second quarter. A 17-10 advantage after a period was cut to 23-21 late in the first half. Coincidentally or not, Sutton was held scoreless in that stanza.
Things changed quickly after the intermission. Sutton kicked things up a gear. The senior poured in 12 of her game-high 18 points in that period and the 'Cats stretched a five-point lead at the break to 15 (46-34) after three quarters.
“She came alive in the third quarter,” Spring Grove coach Holly Strait said.
“She played really well,” Rexroth added. “I thought her transition was really good. She did a really good job of passing the ball.”
Many of Sutton’s assists went inside to Dallastown's twin towers, 6-foot, 3-inch sophomore Aniya Matthews and 6-foot senior Samantha Miller. Matthews finished with 15 points while Miller chipped in 11.
Rexroth, however, dished out his biggest praise for Lily Jamison, who scored 14 points. Those points were just icing on the cake for Rexroth, who relies on Jamison to take on the opponent’s top scoring threat most nights.
Wednesday that turned out to be Spring Grove’s Haley Wagman. The Rocket standout entered the night averaging 14.8 points a contest, but the sophomore was held to five, three of which came on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Dallastown’s subs.
“I thought that Lily did an unbelievable job tonight,” Rexroth said. “And some of it was a team effort because they (the Rockets) do a lot of ball-screening and switching.”
Lexi Hoffman picked up some of the slack for Wagman. The sophomore led the Rockets with 11 points.
“Haley executed her drive pretty well, but her shots just wouldn’t fall,” Strait said. “But it wasn’t just (Haley). We all struggled tonight.”
Eastern York 51, West York 49: At Wrightsville, Eastern used a 15-9 advantage in the fourth quarter to grab the tight win. Cass Arnold (14 points), Addy Malone (12) and Hannah Myers (11) each reached double digits for the winners. Angie Hawkins (16) paced West York.
Susquehannock 54, Gettysburg 38: At Glen Rock, Anna Mahan pumped in 19 points, while Jaden Walker added 14 and Jayla Galbreath chipped in 13 to lead Susquehannock. The Warriors trailed 27-23 at halftime, but used an 18-2 third-quarter surge to take control.
South Western 52, Central York 45: At Hanover, the Mustangs handed the Panthers their first York-Adams Division I loss. Madi Weisensale had 18 points for the winners, while Taylor Geiman and Ali St. Rose each had 10. Sarah Sepic led Central with 15 points, while Nikson Valencik added 14. Central fell to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the division. South Western improved to 7-4 and 3-2.
New Oxford 50, Red Lion 28: At New Oxford, Presley Berryhill's 25 points powered the Colonials. Alleney Klunk had 11 points for Red Lion and Kayla Johnson added 10.
Berks Catholic 56, York Catholic 44: At Reading, Abby Pilkey had 13 points in a losing cause for the Irish. Katy Rader added 10.
York Suburban 35, Kennard-Dale 33: At Suburban, Ali Reinecker's 20 points accounted for nearly 60 percent of Suburban's offense. Lexie Kopko had 15 points for K-D.
Dover 64, Northeastern 42: At Dover, Rajah Fink poured in 32 points in a strong effort for the Eagles. Fink, the leading scorer in the York-Adams League, had missed Dover's previous game for unknown reasons. Jordyn Jennings had 14 points for Northeastern.
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