Dallastown tops defending champ in Division I opener; other Tuesday girls' basketball

STEVE HEISER
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Dallastown's D'Shantae Edwards, seen here in a file photo, scored 17 points on Tuesday in a win over Spring Grove.

The Dallastown girls’ basketball team certainly isn’t easing its way into the 2021-2022 season.

So far, however, the Wildcats’ are more than holding their own.

Dallastown’s season started with a match vs. defending District 3 Class 6-A champion Cumberland Valley in the semifinals of Hempfield tip-off tournament. The Wildcats’ earned an impressive 38-37 victory.

That contest was followed by a title-game battle vs. a Hempfield team that is expected to be a contender for the Lancaster-Lebanon League title. Dallastown dropped that decision, 36-29.

Then on Tuesday, the Wildcats opened their York-Adams Division I season with a home game against defending D-I and District 3 5-A champion Spring Grove.

The Wildcats sent the Dallastown fans home happy with a 46-32 triumph. That left Dallastown at 2-1 on the season.

Dallastown jumped out to a 13-2 edge vs. the Rockets after one quarter and never looked back.

D’Shantae Edwards scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats.

The Rockets (1-2) didn’t have anyone score more than seven points against Dallastown’s strong defense.

Spring Grove is trying to replace to two key components from last year’s championship squad: D-I Player of the Year Ella Kale and Laila Campbell, who excelled as a freshman last year. Kale has graduated and Campbell elected not play varsity basketball to concentrate on indoor track. Campbell won two state gold medals last year as a sprinter.

OTHER GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Northeastern 53, South Western 51: At Manchester, Mikayla Coleman broke a 51-51 tie when she connected for a layup as time expired to capture the win for the Bobcats (3-0). Coleman scored a team-high 14 points. Teammate Carolyn Popsichal scored 12 points. For the Mustangs (1-2), Maci Shaffer scored a game-high 17 points, while Madeline Lenker and Grace Thomas each scored 10 points. 

Central York 69, Dover 22: At Central York, Bella Chimienti led the Panthers (2-0) to the Division I victory by scoring a game-high 16 points, including three from behind the arc. Teammate Mackenzie Wright-Rawls knocked in 10 points. Dover is 1-2.

Eastern York 63, Donegal 21: At Donegal, Breana Grimm led the Golden Knights to the road victory by scoring a game-high 24 points, including three from behind the arc. Arianna Seitz knocked in 13 points for Eastern (3-0).

Susquehannock 28, Kennard-Dale 12: At Glen Rock, Evelyn Weldon led the Warriors (3-0) by scoring a game-high 11 points, including three from behind the arc.

Delone Catholic 72, Biglerville 13: At Biglerville, Giana Hoddinott led the Squirettes to the York-Adams Division III victory by scoring a game-high 18 points. Kaitlyn Schwarz added 17 points for Delone (3-0), while Makenna Mummert knocked in 10 points. Biglerville fell to 1-2.

Hanover 56, Littlestown 36: At Hanover, Jaycie Miller led the Hawkettes to the home victory by scoring a team-high 21 points. Riley Stigler scored 12 points for Hanover (3-0), while Reagan Wildasin knocked in 10 points. For the Thunderbolts (1-2), Celli Portillo scored a game-high 21 points.

York Catholic 53, Fairfield 26: At Fairfield, Meredith Smith and Drew Kile each scored a game-high nine points to lead the Irish (2-0) to the D-III victory. Fairfield is 1-2.

York Suburban 48, New Oxford 42: At Suburban, Rilee Gladfelter and Janay Rissmiller each scored 17 points to power the Trojans (3-0) to the D-II victory. Ella Billman had 15 points for the Colonials (0-3), while Kelbie Linebaugh added 11.

Red Lion 44, York High 32: At York, High Bhrooke Axe (15 points) and Grace Masser (13 points) led Red Lion (3-0) to the D-I win. York High fell 0-3.

Gettysburg 47, West York 42: At Gettysburg, Camryn Felix (13) and Anne Bair (12) combined for 25 points to pace the Warriors (3-0). T’azjah Generett (12) and Alainna Hopta (10) each reached double digits in scoring for West York (0-3).

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com or @ydsports. Dave VanO'Linda contributed to this report. Please consider subscribing to support local journalism.