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MONDAY GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Delone wins early showdown, York Tech earns breakthrough victory

STEVE HEISER
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For the Delone Catholic girls' basketball team, Monday night was business as usual.

For the York Tech girls, however, Monday night was much more special.

Delone turned up its vaunted defensive pressure in the second half on Monday and the final result was fairly predictable. The Squirettes outscored Bermudian Springs 35-14 in the final two quarters en route to a 63-34 triumph in an early-season showdown of teams who are expected to finish at the top of the York-Adams League Division III standings in 2021.

Tech, meanwhile, got a 34-point outburst from Rylyn Rouse to earn its first girls' basketball win in decades, beating Fairfield, 71-66, in Spry.

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Delone won the D-III crown a year ago and finished 26-1 overall. Bermudian, meanwhile, took second in the division and finished 20-7 overall. Both teams return significant talent this season.

Monday, the Squirettes led 28-20 at halftime and then took complete control in the second half in the D-III opener for both teams. The contest was played in McSherrystown.

Returning all-state performer Giana Hoddinott scored 22 polnts to lead the Squirettes, to go along with nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. No other Delone player reached double digits, but eight other Squirettes did dent the scoring column.

Bailey Oehmig had 13 points in a losing cause for Bermudian.

Delone is now 2-0, while Bermudian fell to 1-1.

Tech, meanwhile, earned a breakthrough victory for its resurrected girls' program.

According to records at The York Dispatch, Tech has not fielded its own girls’ basketball program in the York-Adams League since the 1992-93 season, when the Spartans finished 0-18 overall and 0-16 in Y-A D-II. Before that, Tech last fielded a girls’ team in the 1986-87 season. That team was also winless in league action.

According to Dispatch records, Tech field a Y-A girls’ team from 1975-76 through 1986-87, winning a total of 11 games in Y-A competition during that span. Tech's best-ever season was a 5-17 mark in 1979-1980.

In recent years, York Tech girls had played on a cooperative team with York Country Day.

Tech is playing as an independent program this season and is not part of the York-Adams League. The Spartans plan to join the Y-A League in 2022.

Karrington Brown scored 13 points for Tech on Monday, while Amelia Bernard knocked in 12 points.

For the Green Knights, Breana Valentine scored 26 points, while Maddie Neiderer scored 20 points.

Tech dominated the first and fourth quarters, outscoring Fairfield 20-12 in the first period and 22-14 in the final period. The Spartans trailed 52-49 entering the final eight minutes before rallying for the victory. Rouse scored 14 of her points in the final period.

Both Tech and Fairfield are now 1-1.

OTHER GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Red Lion 68, Northeastern 47: At Manchester, Makiah Shaw, the reigning Y-A D-I Player of the Year, poured in 28 points in the Lions' triumph. Jordyn Jennings had 17 points in a losing cause. Northeastern led 13-12 after one quarter, but Red Lion used a 22-7 second-quarter surge to take control.

Eastern York 56, New Oxford 26: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights defense held the Colonials to just six points for the second half to secure the Y-A cross-over victory. Mara Weaver led the Golden Knights with 14 points, including three from behind the arc. Teammate Victoria Zerbe knocked in 12 points. For the Colonials, Ella Billman scored 13 points. 

Spring Grove 74, Dover 18: At Spring Grove, Ella Kale pumped in 24 points to power the Rockets to the easy win. Laila Campbell (16), Leah Kale (14) and Addyson Wagman (12) also reached double digits for the winners. Spring Grove led 22-3 after one quarter and never looked back.

York Suburban 62, Middletown 33: At Middletown, the Trojans cruised behind a balanced scoring attack that featured four double-digit performers: Maddison Perring (15), Alyssa Dougherty (14), Grace Hare (13) and Janay Rissmiller (12). 

Gettysburg 47, Susquehannock 43: At Glen Rock, Camryn Felix poured in 20 points for the Adams County Warriors, who moved to 2-0. Felix had four 3-pointerrs. Anne Bair added 10 points for the winners. Kaelyn Duvall had six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points for Susquehannock.

York Catholic 53, Littlestown 37: At York, Samantha Bulik (16), Drew Kile (13) and Meredith Smith (12) each hit double digits for the Irish, who outscored Littlestown 30-14 in the second half to break away from a 23-23 halftime tie. 

Biglerville 49, Hanover 41: At Biglerville, Katie Woolson led the Canners to the Y-A D-III victory by scoring  26 points. Teammate Brylee Rogers knocked in 10 points. For the Hawketts, Jaycie Miller scored 13 points.

West York 49, Kennard-Dale 25: At Fawn Grove, the home team hung tough in the first quarter, trailing just 10-9, but the Bulldogs pulled away after that, outscoring K-D 16-9 in the second quarter, 13-6 in the third quarter and 10-1 in the final frame. it was the season opener for West York. K-D fell to 0-2.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.