While York Catholic girls’ basketball senior Kate Bauhof won’t suit up for the Irish this season, Bauhof’s teammates seemed to channel their inner Bauhof late in the game against rival Delone Catholic on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
A big 3-pointer? Check, courtesy of Cat Tillotson.
Clutch free throws? Check, courtesy of Abby Pilkey.
A key rebound? Check, courtesy of Katy Rader.
Taking care of the ball with the lead? Check, courtesy of Gina Citrone.
Bauhof, known over the previous three years for doing all of the above, may not have been on the court physically, but the way her team played in the biggest game of its season, it certainly felt like she had her fingers all over it.
After Pilkey calmly sank two free throws with 3.3 seconds left to send the game into overtime, Tillotson splashed a big 3-pointer that put the Irish up by five in the extra session. The Squirettes, gunning for sole possession of the York-Adams League Division III title, could not recover, and York Catholic pulled off a 48-42 upset.
As a result, Delone and York Catholic will share the Division III title with 11-1 records.
The news wasn’t all bad for the Squirettes. They won the coin toss with the Irish before the contest, meaning they will be the No. 1 seed in this upcoming weekend’s league playoffs.
“This is huge for us,” said Pilkey, who scored 12 points, sharing team-high honors with Jania Wright. “We were 0-10 in all of the big games up to this point this year, but coach kept saying to look forward to February. February is when the games start to count and this is when we needed it the most.”
The fact that the Irish were in a position to have to rally over the final 30 seconds of the contest was emotional for the YC girls, who were up by as many as five points with five minutes left. That lead was trimmed to three with just under three minutes left, but it certainly appeared as if Pilkey and her teammates had things in control.
Leading by two with just more than 30 seconds left, Pilkey had a chance to put the game away with a layin. The Irish senior, however, went up too strong, giving the Squirettes possession of the ball down 36-34. Delone raced the ball down the court before Brooke Lawyer connected on a big 3-pointer to put her team ahead 37-36 with 20.2 seconds left.
“I’m left-handed and I missed two left-handed layups bad,” Pilkey said. “And that was already in my head, but I went down the court and saw Brooke wide open and I tried to pick her up but she hits the 3. So I’m just thinking, ‘don’t cry, don’t cry.’”
The 6-foot senior center, however, redeemed herself moments later. After a timeout with nine seconds left, Pilkey had a chance to tie it up with a layin attempt. While the shot didn’t go, Pilkey did draw the foul to give herself a shot at the free throw line.
When Bauhof is on the court, she’s typically the go-to person in late-game situations, since she’s more than an 80 percent free throw shooter. Without Bauhof, that honor goes to Pilkey, who entered the night a 78 percent free throw shooter.
While free throws are never automatic, Pilkey sank both to send the game into an extra session.
“My foul shots are either on or off so I was just hoping,” she said. “Just like those missed layups. But I just said, ‘I want it, I want it’ and I just got the ball and shot it with confidence.”
In overtime, the Squirettes had a chance to take the lead but Maddie Clabaugh, who led the visitors with 12 points, came up empty on a pair of free-throw attempts. Rader grabbed the board and was fouled before hitting two free throws. Seconds later, Tillotson drained a shot from beyond the arc to stretch the lead to five with 2:17 left.
Things didn’t get better for the visitors, who turned the ball over twice in the final 60 seconds to help set the stage for York Catholic’s victory.
“This was just huge for us,” York Catholic coach Kevin Bankos said. “We have a saying that ‘it’s all practice until February.’"
Delone was looking to finally sweep the regular-season slate against their parochial rival. Instead they will have to share it once more with the Irish.
“I give them all of the credit in the world for what they did,” Delone coach Gerry Eckenrode said. “But we really had a lack of execution tonight and I’m disappointed with our temperament during the game. We kind of just panicked and I’m disappointed with that.”
League pairings: The league playoff pairings have been set. The quarterfinals are Saturday.
Dallastown faces Kennard-Dale at 7:30 p.m. at Dover.
Delone faces Dover at 7:30 p.m. at Dallastown.
Central York faces York Catholic at 6 p.m. at Dover.
Susquehannock faces Spring Grove at 6 p.m. Dallastown.
Dallastown 48, South Western 39: At Hanover, Dallastown earned a share of the York-Adams Division I crown. The Wildcats improved to 16-6 overall and finished 10-2 in the division, good for a tie with Central. Julia Sutton and Claire Teyral each had 14 points to pace Dallastown, while Aniya Matthews added 13. Dallastown also sewed up the No. 1 seed from D-I for the upcoming league playoffs.
Susquehannock 39, Kennard-Dale 35: At Glen Rock, Jaden Walker (15 points) and Anna Mahan (14 points) powered the York-Adams Division II champion Warriors. Megan Halczuk (12 points) and Lexie Kopko (11 points) led K-D. Susquehannock improved to 19-3 overall and 12-2 in the division. K-D fell to 13-9, 8-6.
Christian School of York 31, New Covenant 25: At New Covenant, the Lady Crusaders improved to 16-4. CSY's Kendis Butler sealed the deal with four free throws in the last 16 seconds of the game. Butler finished with 21 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, when she went 5 for 5 from the line.
Eastern York 42, Gettysburg 33: At Wrightsville, Hannah Myers (13 points), Addy Malone (11) and Morgan Winter (11) each hit double digits for the Golden Knights.
Dover 48, York Suburban 46: At Suburban, Rajah Fink scored 18 points and got double-digit support from Ashley Goebeler, who had 12 points. Ali Reinecker paced Suburban with 20 points, while Kiyanna Dowling added 13 points. Dover improved to 13-9 overall and finished 9-5 in York-Adams Division II. Suburban dropped to 13-9 and 7-7.
West York 68, Northeastern 44: At West York, the Bulldogs cruised behind 21 points from Makennah Hoffman and 13 from Alyssa Zorbaugh. West York improved to 13-9 overall and finished 8-6 in York-Adams Division II.
Central York 47, New Oxford 36: At New Oxford, Nikson Valencik (18 points), Teirra Preston (15 points) and Sarah Sepic (10 points) powered Central to the win. The win allowed the Panthers to sew up a share of the York-Adams Division I crown. Central improved to 17-4 overall and finished 10-2 in D-I.
Red Lion 64, York High 34: At Red Lion, Kayla Johnson pumped in 17 points and Asia Eames added 14 to lead the Lions. Naomi Gonzalez led York with 11 points.
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