Myers made the switch to point guard and lifted the Golden Knights to YAIAA Division II title contention with a fast start this season. Tenacious on the boards and relentless with the ball in her hands, she averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals per game. She knocked down almost half of her team's 3s, draining 23 of them. She ranked fourth in the league in scoring, and she will enter her senior season with 905 career points.
Lancaster Catholic's late run dooms Eastern York girls
Daryl Simione, For GameTimePA.com11:44 p.m. ET Feb. 24, 2017
LANCASTER — Eastern York had heart, hustle and momentum working in its favor through 28 minutes.
But it was the final four minutes of the game when No. 4-seeded Lancaster Catholic pulled out a 67-49 victory in a District 3 Class 4A quarterfinal Friday.
The Crusaders went on a 17-1 game-ending run to seal the win. Eastern York junior Hannah Myers was plagued by foul trouble and that factored in the game being transformed from a one-score game into a lopsided, and deceiving, final score.
The loss drops the Golden Knights (14-10) into a consolation game opposite Berks Catholic (14-12) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hershey High School with a berth in the state tournament on the line.
“Our sights are still on making the state tournament," Eastern York's Brad Weaver said. "We want all these big experiences, and we’re going to work really hard in the offseason to get back to districts (next year) and win these types of hostile games.”
The Crusaders (20-5) received a game-high 26 points from sophomore Kiki Jefferson. They seemed poised to run away with things early, having forced Eastern York into 11 first-quarter turnovers and building a 27-14 lead midway through the second quarter.
Myers, who was relegated to the bench with two fouls in the opening stanza, re-entered with 3:56 on the first-half clock and promptly led the Knights on a crusade of their own, using a 15-3 run to get within 33-31 at the break.
“This is the first year that these players have been in these kinds of environments,” Weaver said. “(YAIAA) playoffs… Lancaster Catholic … this is hostile here, the fans are yelling at our girls … they’re not used to that. I think they just calmed themselves down a little bit. We hit some shots and got some confidence.”
Cassidy Arnold led the way in the first half with nine points and four rebounds, and she finished with 13 points. Strong minutes from Brooke Lacesa also contributed to the second-quarter effort.
Eastern York took its only lead of the game with 2:12 left in the third quarter on a Myers’ steal and layup, while Amanda Galentine’s steal and pass to Katie Lehman for another bucket provided the Knights with a 43-40 lead.
But Myers (10 points, 10 rebounds) was whistled for two quick fouls, and Jefferson stole back-to-back passes to create four points and a 44-43 lead after three.
Myers reentered with 6:37 left in the fourth and found Lacesa for an easy layup, closing to within 50-48. With 3:59 left to play, however, Myers fouled out as Jefferson took a charge underneath the basket.
“I told the girls, you played really hard,” Weaver said. “We just came up a little short.”
Merchandiser Pics - Dover
Eastern's Cassidy Arnold puts defensive pressure on the ball during a Division II game with visiting Dover on February 3.
Amanda Galentine pushes the ball upcourt for the Golden Knights during their Division II battle with Dover on February 3.
Katie Lehman handles the ball for the Knights during a Division II matchup with Dover at Eastern on February 3.
Eastern's Hannah Myers hits a short jumper in the paint for two of her team-high 17 points in February 3rd's Division II contest with visiting Dover.
Eastern's Addison Malone fights through a Dover double-team during a Division II pairing in Wrightsville on February 3.
The Knights' Addison Malone establishes position under the glass during Eastern's Division II battle with visiting Dover on February 3.
York-Adams sends 24 teams to District 3 tourney
Jessica Sprenkle , jsprenkle@GameTimePA.comPublished 7:41 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2017 | Updated 15 hours ago
Three York County basketball teams earned top seeds in their brackets for the upcoming District 3 tournament, leading the York-Adams contingent of 24 teams into the postseason.
The Northeastern boys took the top spot in the Class 5A bracket, and York Country Day is No. 1 in the 1A bracket. On the girls' side, York Catholic is No. 1 in Class 3A.
Of the 24 qualifiers from York and Adams counties, 22 of them are from the YAIAA. The total includes 12 boys' teams and 12 girls' teams.
Despite the PIAA's expansion from four to six classifications, there are actually fewer playoff spots available this year. In the past, 60 boys' teams and 60 girls' teams reached the district tournament. This year, that number is 58.
Here's a look at the first-round matchups. Start times will be announced Monday.
No. 9 Central York (15-7) travels to No. 8 Cedar Crest (15-7) in the first round on Feb. 21.
No. 12 Dallastown (14-8) snags the final spot in the tourney. The Wildcats open on the road at No. 5 Carlisle (14-7) on Feb. 21.
No. 1 Northeastern (20-2) opens at home against No. 16 Exeter Township (11-11) in the first round Feb. 20.
No. 4 Spring Grove (17-5) hosts YAIAA Division I foe No. 13 New Oxford (11-10) on Feb. 20.
No. 14 Dover (14-8) travels to No. 3 Palmyra (19-3) on Feb. 20.
No. 5 Eastern York (14-8) gets a first-round bye. The Golden Knights will open in the quarterfinals on the road at No. 4 Middletown (18-4) on Feb. 23.
No. 6 Littlestown (15-7) also gets a first-round bye. The Thunderbolts also hit the road for a quarterfinal opener at No. 3 Bishop McDevitt (16-6) on Feb. 23.
No. 9 Biglerville (13-9) travels to No. 8 Schuylkill Valley (14-8) for a first-round game Feb. 20.
No. 2 York Catholic (20-1) moves right into the semifinals courtesy of a first-round bye in the quarterfinals. The Fighting Irish play the winner of Lancaster Mennonite vs. Delone Catholic. The semifinal is Feb. 23.
No. 6 Delone Catholic (12-10) opens on the road against No. 3 Lancaster Mennonite (20-2) in the quarterfinals on Feb. 20.
No. 1 York Country Day (16-4) has a first-round bye, then hosts No. 8 High Point Baptist Academy (11-6) in the quarterfinals Feb. 23.
No. 4 Central York (20-2)gets a bye into the quarterfinals. On Feb. 23, the Panthers host the winner of the first-round game between Cedar Cliff (17-5) and Wilson (12-9).
No. 11 Dallastown (12-10) will travel to No. 6 Governor Mifflin (16-6) for a first-round game Feb. 20.
No. 2 Susquehannock (19-3) hosts No. 15 Mechanicsburg (11-11) in the first round Feb. 21.
No. 3 New Oxford (17-5) hosts No. 14 Muhlenberg (14-7) in the first round Feb. 21.
No. 7 Dover (17-5) also earned a home game, hosting No. 10 Fleetwood (17-4).
No. 9 West York (15-7) will hit the road to play No. 8 Greencastle-Antrim (18-4).
No. 5 Eastern York (14-8) gets a bye into the quarterfinals. There, the Knights will travel to No. 4 Lancaster Catholic (18-3) on Feb. 24.
No. 6 York Suburban (13-9) also skips into the quarters. The Trojans travel to No. 3 Bishop McDevitt (18-4) on Feb. 24.
No. 1 York Catholic (17-5) gets a first-round bye right into the semis on Feb. 24. That's when the Fighting Irish take on the winner of a quarterfinal between Hanover and Pequea Valley.
No. 2 Delone Catholic (17-5) also gets a free ride into the semis on Feb. 24. They'll take on the Middletown-Tulpehocken winner.
No. 4 Hanover (12-10) opens at home against No. 5 Pequea Valley (9-13) on Feb. 21.
No. 5 Christian School of York (16-4) has a first-round bye then travels to No. 4 Lebanon Catholic (16-6) in the quarterfinals Feb. 24.
York Catholic scratches out win over Eastern York
Teddy Feinberg , tfeinberg@GameTimePA.comPublished 8:08 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2017 | Updated 11 hours ago
York Catholic head coach Kevin Bankos isn't apologizing for winning ugly in the postseason.
All the Irish are concerned with is advancing, which they did Friday in a 68-54 win against Eastern York in the YAIAA girls' basketball tournament quarterfinals at Dallastown High School.
York Catholic next will face Central York, which beat Dover, 56-40, in Friday's quarterfinal. The semifinals will be played Tuesday at Dallastown.
Friday's game wasn't exactly a work of art, with the two teams combining for 45 fouls (24 on Eastern, 21 on York Catholic). Star players Kate Bauhof and Hannah Myers each fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
The Irish were powered by a 10-1 run to start the game and took a 27-15 lead into halftime. But Eastern York tried to climb back into the contest on multiple occasions, pulling to within six point at 46-40 entering the fourth quarter.
In the end, however, the deficit proved to be insurmountable.
"This time of the year, it's all about win and move on. It's not about style points or anything else," Bankos said. "We've won a lot of ugly games this year, so it's not a surprise."
Bauhof led the Irish with 30 points. Jania Wright added 16 including four 3-pointers in the first half. Gina Citrone scored 10 and Abby Pilkey provided a presence inside with eight points.
Myers led Eastern York with 25 points. Katie Lehman added 15 for the Golden Knights.
3 Eastern York Grads having a great season - Liz Myers, Krissy Pennell and Haley Nalls
Myers Reaches 1,000-Point Mark
1/28/2017 4:31:00 PM
Box ScoreSHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Lindsey Overbey scored a game-high 20 points to lead Concord (3-15, 2-12 MEC) to a 67-58 win over Shepherd (9-13, 6-8 MEC) in MEC women's basketball action at the Butcher Center on Saturday. Senior forward Liz Myers (York, Pa./Eastern York) reached to 1,000-point mark for her career for the Rams.
Overbey hit on 7-of-11 field goals with a 3-of-4 effort from three-point range. She was 3-of-4 from the foul line.
Myers (1,001) scored nine points to go over the 1,000-point mark. She also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Eastern York grad Pennell leads NCAA D-III in assists
Posted February 9, 2017 in Girls Basketball
Eastern York High School graduate Krissy Pennell is enjoying a senior season to remember for the Lancaster Bible College women's basketball team. The 5-foot, 3-inch Pennell is averaging 8.5 assists per game, which leads all of NCAA Division III. She's also averaging 13.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. The Chargers are 16-5 overall and 15-1 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. The Chargers lead the NEAC South Division.
Nalls name PSUAC player of the week
Posted Jan 20, 2017
Sophomore Haley Nalls (York, Pa.) was named player of the week on Tuesday by the Penn State University Athletic Conference. Nalls helped lead Hazleton to a 2-0 weekend against Penn State Fayette and Central Penn College. The sophomore scored a season high 28 points in Friday night's thrilling 81-78 PSUAC victory, adding a team best, 10 rebounds. Nalls followed that performance with another double-double on Saturday morning, touting 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in Hazleton's 83-46 non-conference win over Central Penn.
For the season, Nalls is averaging 15 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Records: Fighting Irish are 17-4, 12-0 YAIAA Division III. Golden Knights are 14-8, 10-4 YAIAA Division II. Site and time: 6 p.m. Friday at Dallastown
York Catholic's Kate Bauhof drives against Eastern York's Cassidy Arnold in the second half of a YAIAA girls' basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at Eastern York. York Catholic defeated Eastern York 74-56. (Photo: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record)
These two teams just met on Feb. 1, with the Irish prevailing, 74-56. While York Catholic's Kate Bauhof and Eastern York's Hannah Myers both scored 33 points that night, the Irish got much more from their supporting cast with three other players scoring at least eight points.
Will the Golden Knights get more from their role players this time? They'll need to if they want to win. Myers (17.3 points per game) has carried Eastern York all season, but Bauhof (18.0 points per game) is a more than worthy foil, which means secondary stars could once again decided this one. If Cassidy Arnold and Brooke Lacesa both have good games and Eastern can neutralize Irish forward Abbey Pilkey, the Knights will have a shot.
Central York vs. Dover
Records: Panthers are 20-2, 11-1 YAIAA Division I. Eagles are 17-5, 10-4 YAIAA Divison II. Site and time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dallastown
Few teams in the YAIAA have been as entertaining as Dover this season. The Eagles have a lethal duo in sisters Rajah (18.9 points-per-game) and Rayah Fink (14.2) and finished the regular season with impressive wins over Eastern York and South Western. They'd be a tough matchup for a number of teams.
But beating the league's top team in Central York will be far from easy. The Panthers are loaded, with senior shooting guard Emma Saxton (14.7 points-per-game) leading a lineup that also features point guard Katie Fabbri and forward Nikson Valencik. Central York has also been dominating its opponents, with its last five wins coming by at least 20 points. That includes a 25-point win over New Oxford, which beat Dover by 14 last week. The Eagles will have to play their best to make it a game.
Records: Wildcats are 12-10, 10-2 YAIAA Division I. Squirettes are 17-5, 10-2 YAIAA Division III. Site and time: 6 p.m. Friday at Dover
It's a shame Delone Catholic isn't healthy entering the postseason. The Squirettes have played the entire season without top reserve Riley Vingsen, and have been without their best player Jill Novak since Dec. 20. Both players suffered ACL injuries. Still, Delone Catholic has enjoyed another strong season and has one of the best front courts in the league.
Beating Dallastown, however, will take a strong effort from the Squirettes. The Wildcats might not have an impressive overall record, but they have beaten Central York and New Oxford this season and enter the tournament on a roll. They also have the height to deal with Delone forwards Bradi Zumbrum and Catie Apgar, and they've got a pair of guards in Julia Sutton and Sabria Royal who can cause matchup problems. But Delone is a well-coached team and plays every opponent tough, so it will likely be a good game.
Records: Warriors are 18-3, 13-1 YAIAA Division II. New Oxford is 17-5, 9-3 YAIAA Division I. Site and time: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dover
This might be the marquee first-round matchup, with both teams having been among the league's elite this season. While some expected Susquehannock to take a step back this season, the Warriors have done the opposite. With a deep lineup and plenty of shooting ability, Susquehannock looks like a legitimate title contender.
But can you really write off New Oxford? The Colonials looked shaky at the end of January — losing three games in a row to Dallastown, Central York and Boyertown — but they still have a senior-heavy lineup led by star forward Kaelyn Long. Both teams have a number of shooters, so this game could come down to which team is hitting its shots.
Eastern York girl wins play-of-week honors
Jim Seip , jseip@GameTimePA.comPublished 2:54 a.m. ET Feb. 4, 2017 | Updated 21 hours ago
Eastern York's Brooke Lacesa won play-of-the-week honors for her drive through the lane for a score. Her play garnered more than 225 votes.
The YAIAA play-of-the-week contest will continue, but in the coming days it will be limited to the YAIAA Tournament play-of-the-week. The league tournament kicks off with girls' basketball quarterfinals Friday and boys' quarterfinals Saturday. The league tournament's play-of-the-week contest will be published online Saturday, Feb. 18.
Readers are encouraged to send any video submissions to email@example.com or tag him on Twitter @JimSeip by 10 p.m. Friday.
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Vote: YAIAA hoops play of the week Jan. 28-Feb. 3 (Poll Closed)
Girls' basketball Friday's quarterfinals At Dallastown York Catholic vs. Eastern York, 6 p.m. Central York vs. Dover or Littlestown, 7:30 p.m. At Dover Dallastown vs. Delone Catholic, 6 p.m. Susquehannock vs. New Oxford, 7:30 p.m.
Boys' basketball Saturday's quarterfinals At West York York Catholic vs. Eastern York, 6 p.m. Northeastern vs. Kennard-Dale or Littlestown, 7:30 p.m. At Red Lion Spring Grove vs. Delone Catholic, 6 p.m. Dover vs. Central York, 7:30 p.m.
District Power Rankings Basketball - Girls as of 2017-02-04 11:24 am
Katie Lehman, Eastern York: all five Eastern players touch the ball and Lehman hits 3-pointer.
YAIAA tournament: Who made the cut?
GameTimePA.com staffPublished 4:52 p.m. ET Feb. 3, 2017 | Updated 14 hours ago
Friday night update
The fields for the YAIAA basketball tournaments have largely been set, although there's still a smidge of uncertainty left.
Eight teams total get into each tournament. The top three teams from Division I and the top two teams from divisions II and III get automatic bids.
The eighth spot in each bracket will be filled by the third-place from divisions II or III that has the better District 3 power ranking at noon Wednesday.
So the first seven spots are set, but the final team won't be announced until Wednesday at noon.
Division I: Northeastern, Spring Grove and Central York are in. Note: Northeastern won the Division I title outright with its win coupled with Spring Grove's loss to Central York.
Division II: Dover and Eastern York are in.
Division III: York Catholic and Delone Catholic are in.
Wild card: Kennard-Dale and Littlestown will go down to District 3 rankings on Wednesday.
Division I: Central York, Dallastown and New Oxford are in. Note: Central York clinched the YAIAA Division I title outright with its win coupled with Dallastown's loss.
Division II: Susquehannock, Eastern York are in.
Division III: York Catholic, Delone Catholic are in.
Wild card: Dover and Littlestown will go down to District 3 rankings on Wednesday.
Friday's original report
Who's in, who's out of the YAIAA basketball tournaments?
That's the question going into tonight's games.
The top-three teams from Division I go to the tournament. Then the top-two teams from divisions II and III get automatic bids while a wildcard team gets in as the No. 8 seed.
We give you the rundown going into tonight's games:
Division I boys and girls pretty much set
On the boys' side of the equation, the lineup currently goes as follows: Spring Grove, Northeastern and Central York. Spring Grove will be crowned division champs tonight with a win over Central York. Northeastern will be champion with a win over New Oxford and a Spring Grove loss. If Spring Grove and Northeastern both lose, the Bobcats are the champs.
Any way you slice it, Central York will finish third.
As for the girls: Central York wins the division tonight with a win over Spring Grove. Dallastown will finish no worse than second while New Oxford is slated as the No. 3 team.
Division II is anything but set
For the boys, Dover is divisional champs. Cut and dry. But then it could get funky.
If Eastern York wins or West York loses, the Golden Knights are the No. 2 team. West York would finish second, however, with a win over Kennard-Dale tonight and an Eastern York loss.
If Kennard-Dale beats West York, the Rams are the No. 3 team in division.
As for the girls' side of the equation: Susquehannock has the division title in the bag and Eastern York has clinched second place. That's official.
Third place is a jump ball, however. Dover is currently in the driver's seat, but a West York win tonight over Kennard-Dale and a Dover loss to Eastern York would put the Bulldogs in the final slot. Stay tuned.
Familiar faces at top of YAIAA Division III
For the girls it's set: York Catholic No. 1, Delone Catholic No. 2 and Littlestown No. 3. Done deal.
On the boys' side, York Catholic has clinched the top spot. If Littlestown beats the Irish tonight, the Thunderbolts are No. 2.
If Delone Catholic wins over Bermudian Springs and Littlestown loses, then second place is the Squires' spot. If both teams lose, Delone finishes second as well.
What about tiebreakers?
That will be determined Wednesday when the District 3 power ratings come out — the third-place finisher from divisions II and III with the top power rating will get the final playoff spot.
On the boys' side, Eastern York (currently a .639 power rating), West York (.533) and Littlestown (.590) all figure to be in the mix depending on how things shake out tonight.
On the girls' side of the equation, the same can be said for Dover (.676), West York (.661) and Littlestown (.538).
(Photo: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record)
Bauhof, Myers match wits, but York Catholic prevails vs. Eastern
Staff reportPublished 10:28 p.m. ET Feb. 1, 2017 | Updated 7 hours ago
York Catholic's Kate Bauhof and Eastern York's Hannah Myers went toe-to-toe, each scoring 33 points on Wednesday night, but the rest of the Fighting Irish chipped in to earn a 74-56 victory.
Bauhof and Myers both shot well from deep, too. Bauhof sank five of her team's eight 3-pointers on the night. Myers hit all three of the Golden Knight's 3-pointers.
Six other York Catholic players scored, led by Abby Pilkey's 14 points. Jania Wright and Katy Radar chipped in eight points apiece. The Irish built a 20-9 lead after the first quarter, then outgained the Golden Knights by 10 points in the fourth quarter to salt the game away.
Eastern's Cass Arnold scored 11 points, but she and Myers were the only two to score more than four points.
PREP: Bauhof leads York Catholic girls to win
RYAN VANDERSLOOT, 505-5403/@yaiaascoresPublished 11:15 p.m. ET Feb. 1, 2017 | Updated 8:32 a.m. ET Feb. 2, 2017
(Photo: The York Disaptch)
Kate Bauhof poured in 33 points to lead York Catholic to a girls' basketball win over Eastern York.
Junior Hannah Myers matched Bauhoff with 33 points for Eastern York.
The Irish and Knights will square off again next week in the York-Adams League Tournament.
WRIGHTSVILLE — There’s no question that the York Catholic girls’ basketball program is one of the best throughout District 3 over the past 15 years.
The evidence is clear from the banners commemorating District 3 and PIAA titles inside of the Fighting Irish gym.
Winning that much for that long has sometimes skewed expectations from fans and parents. Winning is a given, but doing so while dominating is something fans have come to expect.
Winning consistently, however, is not easy, and doing it while being compared to the other great York Catholic teams is even harder.
Which brings us to this year’s team. Coming off its first non-District 3 title season in more than a decade, the Irish are still racking up the Ws this year. They had a chance to pick up another one Wednesday when they faced Eastern York.
At times it wasn’t pretty, but the Irish proved that they still know how to do one thing — win. In an up-and-down battle, the York Catholic girls were able to sustain more highs than lows in a 74-56 triumph.
“You never know how the game is going to flow,” coach Kevin Bankos said after his team improved to 16-4. “They pressured us and we panicked, but we made a recovery. This gym and this team … they’re hard to beat, so I’m happy with the win.”
Junior Kate Bauhof led the Irish with 33 points. The one true consistent scorer for the Irish all season, Bauhof was able to pile up the points —18 of which came in the fourth quarter after Eastern drew to within six points. She did it despite a box-and-one defense employed against her for much of the contest.
What worries York Catholic fans is that no one else really is a consistent threat to reach double figures. Abby Pilkey and Jania Wright both average less than nine points a game and only one other player (Gina Citrone) is above five points per game.
“Come playoff time everyone has one or two (great) kids,” Bankos said. “And a lot of times those cancel out and it comes down to who is your No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8? And can they win the game against the other team’s No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8?”
It should come as a good sign for the Irish and their fans that Pilkey poured in 14 points, while reserve Katy Rader matched Wright with eight points.
Bankos, however, pointed to another key reserve.
“Kara Duchek doesn’t get to play a lot and we tell her that she has to be ready,” he said. “She doesn’t do a lot of flashy stuff, but she’s fast on defense and she hit a three there right before the half.”
While the Irish are getting contributions from their role players, the Knights (14-7) are still looking for a consistent presence behind standout Hannah Myers. Their junior leader matched Bauhof with 33 points, but only one of her teammates (Cassidy Arnold, 11) was able to score more than four points.
“Offensively it has to be everyone moving in a motion offense,” Eastern coach Brad Weaver said. “And we stood around a lot. I think we played hard, but I think we need to play a lot smarter.”
The good news/bad news for both teams is that Wednesday’s showdown is just a prelude to their inevitable playoff pairing in next week’s York-Adams League Tournament. Eastern has already secured the No. 2 seed from Division II, which means the Golden Knights will face York Catholic, the No. 1 seed from Division III, when the league playoffs begin Feb. 10.
“We have to go back to the drawing board,” Weaver said. “I thought the plan to go box-and-one on Bauhof was successful at times, but it didn’t quite play out the way we wanted it to. I thought in the second half that our pressure traps were working. But we have a week to come up with a new plan and maybe try some other stuff that we have.”
Bankos figures that every team from here on out will make stopping Bauhof priority No. 1.
“We’re probably going to see (junk defenses) the rest of the year,” he said. “It’s just the way it’s going to be against us, but I’m glad that we had some other kids that stepped up tonight when they had to. They hit some key shots at key times.”
West York comes together to topple Eastern York
Sean Naylor, For GameTimePA.comPublished 10:23 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017 | Updated 7 hours ago
It hasn't been easy for the West York Bulldogs.
Injuries have plagued the team throughout the 2017 season. Inside the locker room, the girls knew that they haven't reached their full potential yet.
On Tuesday night against Eastern York, that changed.
Led by Angie Hawkins' 15 points, West York came away with a 51-44 victory over the Golden Knights.
West York is now 14-7 on the year and 8-5 in YAIAA Division II play while Eastern is 14-6, 10-3.
"We got what we needed tonight," said Bulldogs head coach Darrell Wildasin. "We've been working hard in practice ... We just keep practicing and trying to get better."
Early in the game, Hawkins took control — scoring nine of the team's 12 first quarter points.
The momentum carried over for West York. The Bulldogs outscored Eastern York 14-13 in the second quarter to hold a six point lead., 26-20, at the break.
The Golden Knights trailed the Bulldogs by four points a number of times in the second half but couldn't make the necessary stop at the other end. That was also in large part due to West York's consistency at the free throw line.
The Bulldogs made 10 of their 18 free throw attempts in the third and fourth quarters combined. Paige Weekly knocked down seven of them.
Eastern York made just 10 of 30 free throws in the contest.
"You need to make free throws in order to play," Weekly said. "They're important for us."
Merchandiser Pics - Central and Gettysburg
Eastern's AJ Waltemyer challenges the shot by the Panthers' Allie Godfrey during last Monday's interdivision game at Central York.
The Knights' Cassidy Arnold puts defensive pressure on Central York's Emma Saxton during an interdivision matchup at Central last Monday.
Eastern's Katie Lehman maneuvers against the Panthers' Allison Wagner during last Monday's interdivision contest at Central York.
The Knights' Brooke Lacesa looks to put a rebound back up against Central York's Nikson Valencik during last Monday's interdivision battle at Central.
Eastern's Hannah Myers scores in front of the Panthers' Allison Wagner for two of her team-high 22 points in the Golden Knights' division-crossover battle at Central York last Monday.
Eastern's Addison Malone finishes off a fast break in front of Central York's Taylor Marley during last Monday's division-crossover meeting at Central.
Megan Myers drops in a free throw for the Golden Knights during their division-crossover game at Central York last Monday.
Eastern's Cassidy Arnola, right, and Hannah Myers double-team Gettysburg's Alana Bortner during last Tuesday's Division II contest in Wrightsville.
Eastern's Amanda Galentine challenges the outlet pass by Gettysburg's Briana Crushong during a Division II game at Eastern last Tuesday
The Knights' Katie Lehman puts defensive pressure on Gettysburg's Alana Bortner during a Division II matchup at Eastern last Tuesday.
Brooke Lacesa leads a fast break for the Golden Knights during their Division II battle with Gettysburg last Tuesday at Eastern
Eastern's Hannah Myers is fouled by Gettysburg's Briana Crushong as she takes the ball to the basket in last Tuesday's Division II pairing in Wrightsville.
Golden Knights Addison Malon, right, and Hannah Myers battle for the ball during Eastern's Division II clash with visiting Gettysburg last Tuesday
Eastern's Morgan Winter reaches for the rebound during the Golden Knights' Division II meeting with Gettysburg last Tuesday in Wrightsville.
Which girls' hoops teams are lining up for districts?
Teddy Feinberg , tfeinberg@GameTimePA.comPublished 6:36 p.m. ET Jan. 22, 2017 | Updated 4:51 p.m. ET Jan. 24, 2017
Eastern York, Susquehannock hanging tough
Eastern York, currently ranked No. 5, has had a good year to this point against a number of good Class 5A teams in YAIAA Division II. But the Golden Knights can also be a tough team to figure. One thing is certain: They need Hannah Myers to stay out of foul trouble to remain a threat.
Case in point: On Wednesday, Myers was held to two points, and a 27-point loss to Susquehannock followed suit.
York Suburban, meanwhile, is currently seeded No. 6. And while the Trojans haven't been an overwhelming success this year with an 8-7 record, Jess Barley is going to have her team prepared to play every night.
Meanwhile, the teams at the top of this classification are legitimate. Northern Lebanon (15-1 record, No. 1 seed) is outstanding, Bishop McDevitt (13-3, No. 2) is solid and Lancaster Catholic (12-2, No. 3) is a traditional power.
Ten teams total make up the tournament bracket.
Early prediction: Can Eastern and York Suburban compete? Certainly. Their best shot against the top-three teams in the district bracket, however, would be against McDevitt. Northern Lebanon and Lancaster Catholic are going to provide problems for whoever they face.
Eastern York, Susquehannock girls gear up for showdown
Teddy Feinberg , tfeinberg@GameTimePA.comPublished 5:06 p.m. ET Jan. 17, 2017 | Updated 7:15 p.m. ET Jan. 17, 2017
Eastern York junior Hannah Myers comes from a family of 11, but she has managed to stand out for the Golden Knights by helping them to a 5-0 start to the 2016-17 season. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The second half of the season is here, and Eastern York and Susquehannock find themselves atop the YAIAA Division II girls' basketball standings.
The two teams play a big game Wednesday to see who can gain the upper hand. Each squad enters deadlocked with 7-1 divisional marks.
"I always tell the kids before each game that it's the biggest one of the season," said Susquehannock head coach Dave Schreiner. "Wednesday), it really is. It determines who takes over the driver's seat. At least for this week."
In the teams' first meeting of the season, Eastern came out on top, 49-44, on the Golden Knights' home court. Wednesday's contest tips off at 7:30 p.m. at Susquehannock High School.
The Golden Knights realize that Susquehannock will enter the game with revenge on its mind.
"You use different things to motivate your team. When you don't win the first time, the nice thing is you get your second chance," said Eastern York head coach Brad Weaver, putting himself in the shoes of the opposition. "That's something we'll have to be ready for, from the beginning of the game."
The Warriors are a talented team, headlined by senior forward Tyler Williams, junior guard Taylor Tannura and sophomore guard Jaden Walker. They're also the defending YAIAA Division II champions and have won nine of 10 games to stand at 11-3 overall.
"The first time around, I thought we should have won," Schreiner said, hearkening back to the first meeting against Eastern. "We've changed some things this game."
Schreiner said the main point of emphasis entering Wednesday's contest is halfcourt defense.
Cassidy Arnold and the Eastern York Golden Knights won their first meeting of the season vs. Susquehannock. What's in store for Round 2? (Photo: Chris Dunn/GameTimePA.com)
Eastern York, on the other hand, came from out of nowhere under first year coach Brad Weaver to zip out to an 8-0 start. While the team has dropped four of its last seven games, it still features standout junior Hannah Myers, who averages 17 points per game and stars as a do-it-all player for the Golden Knights.
Eastern York is looking to right the ship, however, after surrendering a whopping 95 points in a Monday night loss to Central York to fall to 11-4 overall.
"Offensively we were fine," Weaver said of the 95-60 defeat. "Defensively, they pretty much did what they wanted."
Weaver added he believes his team's in store for a bounce-back performance. He also emphasized the nature of the season's second half.
"Everyone knows everyone," Weaver said. "Everyone has scouted everyone's players. Everyone knows the tendencies of each team."
Said Schreiner in that regard: "Now it's about execution. Everyone has seen us on film 20 times. There's no secrets. It's about players executing, and playing better than the person who's across the ball from you."
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Who: Eastern York (11-4 overall, 7-1 in YAIAA Division II) vs. Susquehannock (11-3, 7-1) What: YAIAA Division II girls' basketball game Where: Susquehannock High School When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
GIRLS' HOOPS: Central York explodes for 95 in victory
Central York's Teirra Preston takes the ball to the net against Eastern York on Monday night. Preston scored 23 points for the Panthers in a 95-60 win. Dawn J. Sagert photo
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RYAN VANDERSLOOT | 505-5403/@yaiaascores10:58 p.m. ET Jan. 16, 2017
EMIGSVILLE — It’s safe to say that the Central York girls’ basketball team wasn’t feeling too great Friday evening.
Entering the final quarter with a seemingly comfortable 11-point lead on Dallastown, the Panthers suffered an unlikely melt down. The Wildcats outscored Central 18-6 in the final frame to claim a one-point upset victory.
Since then, the Panthers have been on a bit of a mission.
Unfortunately, the Eastern York girls were smack in the way of the inspired Panthers Monday evening.
Still smoldering after Friday’s collapse, the Central York girls came out against the Golden Knights like the team that many believe them to be — the best in the York-Adams League. There was little that the visitors could do to stop them.
Leading from almost the tip, the Panthers blitzed Eastern 26-10 over the opening period. Things didn’t drop off much from there. The home team stormed past the Golden Knights, 95-60.
“Offensively, I think we performed very well tonight,” said Central York coach Scott Wisner, whose team improved to 13-2 overall. “We got balanced scoring, and I think that we looked for everybody on the court. We ran the floor well, so our transition got us some easy baskets. So the offensive end was fantastic.”
There were two big keys to the Central surge Monday. One was the all-around terrific play of senior Emma Saxton, who poured in 20 points. The other was the dominating play inside of junior Teirra Preston, who led all scorers with 23 points.
Eastern York's Amanda Galentine, left, works to get around Central York's Teirra Preston on Monday night. Central York would win the game 95-60. Preston scored 23 points. Dawn J. Sagert photo
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Saxton was able to find Preston open under the basket a handful of times throughout the evening. With Central boasting a number of talented scorers outside, Preston’s emergence inside really makes life difficult on opponents.
“I’ve watched a lot of tape and I think they’re the best team in the county,” Eastern York coach Brad Weaver said. “We tried a bunch of different defenses against them and there was a point where three or four possessions the ball didn’t hit the ground. They just pass it that quick.”
This is the same Eastern side that really put the clamps on the one-two duo of Dover’s Rayah and Rajah Fink a week ago. Monday, all that Weaver could do was throw up his hands in the air trying to devise ways to put a damper on an explosive Central outfit.
It wasn’t just Saxton and Preston, either. In total, there were seven different Panther players who scored at least six points.
Saxton, however, stood out in Weaver’s mind.
Eastern York's Brooke LaCesa, right, looks to get around Central York's Nikson Valencik on Monday night. The Panthers rolled to a 95-60 win. Dawn J. Sagert photo
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“From all of the good teams that we’ve played so far this year, I haven’t seen anyone as good as her,” he said after his team dropped to 11-4. “She’s the best player by far with just how smart she plays. She works the ball and they got everything they wanted.”
Weaver is hoping that the final score will serve as a reminder to his team that they have to play hard and smart over a full 32 minutes against playoff-caliber competition.
“I told them to look at the scoreboard and take a mental picture of it,” he said. “Because I don’t want them to ever forget that score.”
While Wisner’s side was all smiles, the veteran coach was not really buying into the hype surrounding his team. For all of the team's positives, he remains focused on the areas he feels needs improvement — namely the 60 under the Eastern name on the scoreboard.
“The scoreboard looks like we dominated, but we’re not going to score 95 points consistently,” he said. “That’s an aberration and that’s why we have to do a better job on the defensive end. Those are things we have to keep working through.”
Hannah Myers led the Knights with 22 points while Addison Malone chipped in 10.
GIRLS' HOOPS: Eastern York nips Dover in D-II showdown
RYAN VANDERSLOOT, 505-5403/@yaiaascoresPublished 10:52 p.m. ET Jan. 11, 2017 | Updated 11 hours ago
(Photo: The York Dispatch)
Eastern York edge Dover in a battle of York-Adams Division II girls' basketball leaders Wednesday.
Hannah Myers scored 15 points and Katie Lehman added 12 points for the Golden Knights.
Gabby Coley finished with a game-high 18 points, while Alaina Reaver chipped in 14 for Dover.
DOVER — In a match-up featuring two of the best girls’ basketball teams in the York-Adams League Wednesday evening, it was a lesser-heralded sophomore who stole the show.
With Eastern York playing a triangle-and-two defense on Dover standouts Rayah and Rajah Fink, and the Eagles doing something similar with Golden Knight standout Hannah Myers, there was ample opportunity for role players on both sides to step up.
Fortunately for Eastern coach Brad Weaver, one of his came through in a big way. Katie Lehman, who entered the night having scored just 49 points all season, poured in 12 off of four big 3-pointers.
Lehman’s contributions, however, were not limited to just scoring. Despite giving up several inches while guarding Rayah Fink, Lehman held the Dover senior scoreless.
Her contributions were not lost on her coach after the Golden Knights left Dover High School with a 53-50 triumph.
Eastern improved to 10-2 overall and 6-1 in Division II to remain tied atop the division. The Knights entered the night in a three-way tie along with Dover, who fell to 11-2 and 5-2, and Susquehannock (10-3, 6-1), which kept pace after beating Northeastern.
“Katie Lehman just did a fantastic job tonight,” Weaver said.
That was perhaps a bit of an understatement. Rayah Fink entered the night averaging 17 points per game, but the Dover senior got into some foul trouble and never found much open space against Lehman.
“We don’t have any seniors, so I wanted to step up to the challenge,” said Lehman, who was all smiles after earning a double hot dog topped completely with sauerkraut after the game. “I just face-guarded her and didn’t let her out of my sight.”
While Lehman’s defense was definitely important, so too was her scoring. She knocked down back-to-back 3s late in the first half that stretched a 21-17 lead to 27-17.
Those points proved essential because Myers, who entered the night averaging 18.8 points a game, was held in check. The Eastern junior still led her team with 15 points, with 11 of them coming in the second half.
Rajah Fink, a junior who led the team in scoring coming in at 19.0 points per game, wasn’t able to find her rhythm until late. The younger Fink scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter to help her team remain within striking distance. She twice drove the length of the floor for lay-ins, the second of which pulled her team to within 52-50 with 14.5 seconds left.
After Myers missed a pair of free throw attempts with 8.6 seconds left, Fink grabbed the rebound. She headed up the court and tried to find a teammate in the lane, but her pass was too long, creating a turnover.
Fink had one last attempt to tie it on a buzzer beater, but her shot was wide right as the horn sounded.
“Our execution and our focus was off tonight,” Dover coach Kevin Glover said. “We come into games expecting a junk defense. Every game. It took us a while to execute our offense against that and we … just didn’t stick to our game.”
With the Fink sisters held more than 20 points below their combined average, the Dover role players stepped up, too. Gabby Coley finished with a game-high 18 points, while Alaina Reaver chipped in 14.
While Weaver and his team will definitely enjoy the victory, the future is challenging. After playing Northeastern (1-13) Friday, the Knights will travel to both Division I-leading Central York and Susquehannock next week.
“We have to take it one game at a time,” Weaver said. “I think I may have been a little guilty of that the night we played (and lost to) Gettysburg. I was maybe looking ahead a little to Delone. So we’re not looking ahead anymore.”
Eastern York grabs big YAIAA road win
Teddy Feinberg , tfeinberg@GameTimePA.comPublished 9:38 p.m. ET Jan. 11, 2017 | Updated 5 hours ago
It certainly wasn't the prettiest game of the high school girls' basketball season, although the Eastern York Golden Knights weren't apologizing after grabbing a big YAIAA victory on the road.
In a hard fought affair, Eastern York knocked off Dover 53-50 to move in front of the Eagles in the YAIAA Division II standings. Each team entered Wednesday's game with a 5-1 record in league play and were in a three-way tie with Susquehannock for first pace.
The Warriors were also winners Wednesday, taking down Northeastern 67-34, meaning Eastern York and Susquehannock remained deadlocked atop the division while Dover is now a game back.
Eastern plays again Friday at home against Northeastern, while Dover takes the court at West York and Susquehannock visits York Suburban.
"It was huge," Eastern York junior Hannah Myers said of the victory. "We played with so much energy. We worked the ball. We played really well as a team tonight. ... As long as we play as a team — fundamentally. mentally — we usually do OK."
It wasn't exactly a work of art — a fast-paced game that saw both teams play hard, and plenty of whistles blown on both sides of the ball.
Nevertheless, it was the Golden Knights who came out on top between two teams having strong, if not surprising seasons.
Eastern York, under the guidance of first year coach Brad Weaver, got off to an 8-0 start before losing three of their last four games including Monday's 57-38 defeat to Susquehanna Township.
The Eagles have been an upstart team under a first-year head coach of their own, Kevin Glover.
"I thought they did a good job in a hostile environment," Weaver said of his team's performance. "I've been preparing my girls that this was going to be a tough game. I've watched a lot of tape on Dover. I respect them tremendously."
The two teams combined to commit 37 fouls (Dover had 23) and shoot 43 free throw attempts, and the crowd for each side was animated as whistles were blown early and often.
"I think they tried hard to keep it even, because both teams were going so hard," Myers said. "It was a big game for both of us. I mean, it's hard mentally to keep yourself in the game when you pick up three fouls in the third quarter. ... It's really hard to keep a clear head. But I think it also gives teams different looks when you have to play with different players and rely on different people to step up."
Eastern's mission was clear from the get-go: Neutralize the standout sister combination of Rayah and Rajah Fink and make the Eagles' supporting cast step up.
The Golden Knights came out in a triangle-and-two defense, according to Weaver, which forced the ball out of the Finks' hands.
In turn, Gabrielle Coley (18 points) and Alaina Reaver (14 points) stepped up to have solid games for the Eagles.
But the strategy also seemed to flummox Dover, and Rayah Fink fell victim to foul trouble — she had three fouls at halftime and was whistled for her fourth right at the outset of the third quarter and was forced to sit out the entire period. She finished the game with zero points.
"My team started to collapse a little bit. I was too," said Rajah Fink. "We've got to stay and play through it."
Said Myers, "That was huge. I can only imagine how much frustration (Rayah Fink) was going through. For us as a team....We just thought OK, they have one less person. And we just did our best to try and exploit it."
Despite that fact, the Eagles found themselves down just 30-26 at halftime and had opportunities down the stretch of the game to either tie the score or take the lead, yet couldn't get over the hump.
"We had four chances under the last minute-and-a-half," Glover said. "Blew a wide-open layup. That changes things."
Myers led the Golden Knights with 15 points, and was followed by Brooke Lacesa's 13 and Katie Lehman's 12.
Weaver was quick to give credit to Lehman, pointing to her four 3-pointers and solid defensive effort on Rayah Fink.
"Katie played big tonight," the head coach said. "Kate really stepped up for us."
Said Glover, "We'll see them the second time around."
The Eagles and Golden Knights play again Feb. 3, which marks the regular season finale, at Eastern York High School.
Eastern girls shake it off to beat West York
Ryan Dixon, For GameTimePA.com11:29 p.m. ET Jan. 6, 2017
The Eastern York girls' basketball team was on quite a roll to wrap up the 2016 portion of its schedule, ending the calendar year on an eight-game win streak.
When the calendar turned to 2017, it appeared the Golden Knights' winning ways didn't make the leap to the new year. Already this week, Eastern dropped games to Gettysburg and Delone Catholic, before playing West York on Friday night.
Eastern led at the end of the first three quarters, but the Bulldogs grabbed their first lead of the contest with 6:13 to play and pushed the margin to four points with less than five minutes to play,
But the Golden Knights hung around.
And although free-throw shooting was a weakness earlier in the week, Eastern converted eight of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull out the 55-49 victory. The Knights outscored the Bulldogs over the final 3:18 to collect their first win of 2017.
"We had a rough week," Eastern head coach Brad Weaver said. "We definitely underestimated Gettysburg on Tuesday. They played a great game. We missed 19 foul shots. When you miss 19 foul shots and 12 layups, its going to be hard to win."
As Weaver alluded, the foul shots haven't been falling. In the losses to Gettysburg and Delone Catholic, the Golden Knights converted a combined 23-of-54 attempts.
"We haven't played a complete game yet," Weaver said. "When we make our layups and foul shots, I don't know what will happen because we are playing good defense."
Friday night, Eastern was 20-of-31 at the line, with Hannah Myers converting 11-of-15 of her attempts. Myers led all scorers with 25 points.
"We got our first two losses this week and it woke us up a lot," Myers said. "We didn't want to lose that bond that led to a lot of our success. We just wanted to play together as a team."
With no seniors on the team, Eastern (9-2, 5-1 YAIAA Division II) is untested, Weaver said.
"Until this year they really haven't been in a big game," Weaver said. "There is a method to finishing a game and I thought we finished well tonight.
"They are tough girls. We had a rough week and some teams would've just given up, so I'm proud to finish up the week this way."
While Myers led the Golden Knights' offensive attack, she got help from Cassidy Arnold, who scored six of her 13 points in the third quarter, and Katie Lehman who drilled three first quarter 3-pointers.
"We told Hannah that teams will be doubling her and the need to kick it to the open shooter. We have girls that can shoot," Weaver said.
West York (3-3 Division II, 8-3 overall) trailed by as many as nine but battled the entire game. The Bulldogs were led by the trio of Alayna Harris (12 points), Angie Hawkins (11) and Catie McCarty (10).
Eastern York girls edge Spring Grove to win title
RYAN VANDERSLOOT, 505-5403/@yaiaascores11:23 p.m. EST December 28, 2016
WRIGHTSVILLE — Eastern York girls’ basketball coach Brad Weaver is probably happy that his team is not scheduled to play Spring Grove again this season.
Despite entering the finals of the Wrightsville Rotary Club Holiday Tournament with just two victories this season, the visiting Rockets have twice given the unbeaten Golden Knights all that they could handle.
Fortunately for Weaver, his squad was more than capable of dealing with everything thrown at them.
Eastern rallied from a 7-3 deficit behind junior standout Hannah Myers. Myers poured in a game-high 18 points to help the Knights improve to 8-0 after surviving another scare from Spring Grove, 43-39.
“I told their coach before the game tonight that by just watching them that I can see how much they’ve grown in just a short time,” Weaver said. “We were worried about their 3-point shooters and our girls didn’t give up one 3-pointer all night and that was the No. 1 key to the game.”
Myers, who was named the tournament’s MVP, scored 16 of her points through the first three periods before sitting out much of the fourth quarter because of foul issues. Without their leader on the floor for much of the final period, the Knights were still able to fend off the Rockets.
“We can handle it without Hannah, but obviously she’s very talented,” Weaver said. “And I told her that when I played I did some of the same stuff. The fouls are sometimes frustration fouls, but at the end of the day she’s very valuable to the team.”
The Rockets were able to keep within striking distance for much of the contest behind the play of Brooklyn Naylor. Naylor finished with 15 points while collecting five blocked shots alone in the second half.
“Brooklyn was a monster,” said Spring Grove coach Holly Strait. “She really was. She’s got the footwork and quickness for that. She took care of things under the basket.”
Maddie Hagerman chipped in nine points in the setback for the Rockets. Both Hagerman and Naylor were named to the all-tournament team.
While the Rockets, who have now given Eastern two of its three closest games of the season so far, were disappointed to not come away with the first-place team trophy, Strait is upbeat about her team, which has just one senior starter.
“I’m very proud of my girls,” Strait said. “It’s looking positive. Each girl knows their role and we have to be willing to accept our role and support the team.”
With Myers in foul trouble, a good deal of the scoring load fell to fellow junior Brooke LaCesa. LaCesa scored seven of her 12 points for the contest in the fourth quarter, which earned Lecesa a spot on the all-tournament team as well.
Eastern, which sits atop the District 3 4-A rankings heading into the new year, will have some time off to get ready for a tough two-week stretch that starts next week. The Knights will face unbeaten Delone, the No. 1 team in the Class 2-A rankings, before getting West York next Friday.
The Bulldogs have rebounded after tough losses to Dover and Susquehannock by winning three straight games. The following week the Knights will square off with a Dover team that has looked impressive so far this season.
“It’s every week,” Weaver said. “It’s going to be good competition, but we have to take it one game at a time.”
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Eastern, Spring Grove girls to play for title
GameTimePA.com staff10:34 p.m. EST December 27, 2016
The Eastern York and Spring Grove girls' basketball teams rolled to double-digit victories Tuesday night to set up an all-YAIAA clash in the final of the Golden Knights' holiday tournament.
The championship match is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Eastern.
In the opener, Spring Grove beat Conrad Weiser, 54-44. The Rockets outscored the Berks County visitors by five points in each of the second and fourth quarters. Maddie Hagerman scored a team-high 15 points for Spring Grove, which also got double-digit scoring from Alexandria Hoffman (14) and Haley Wagman (13).
Playing in the nightcap, the host Golden Knights rolled to a 61-44 victory against Garden Spot. Eastern took a 33-10 lead at halftime and cruised.
New season, new role for Eastern York's Hannah Myers
Jim Seip , jseip@GameTimePA.com4:58 p.m. EST December 22, 2016
Hannah Myers slashed to the hoop only to see her shot swatted out of bounds and bounce off a wall.It didn't matter.The rejection didn't faze Myers.Eastern in-bounded the ball, and Myers drove the lane again. This time she sank her shot.
That's a glimpse at the tenacity in Myers' game. She doesn't give in. Her mother, Tracy Myers, laughed
when asked about it. Call it a pit bull attitude. Perhaps, that tenacity comes from following in the footsteps
of two older sisters who went on to play college basketball. Perhaps, that tenacity comes from being a
middle child in a family with nine children, fighting for recognition or just another chance to get her hands
on the ball. "When we went to tournaments," Tracy Myers said about her younger children, "they were
always tailing along." The exposure to the game has rubbed off. The junior has Eastern York off to a 5-0
start. The Golden Knights now appear to be a team to beat in YAIAA Division II, but it didn't always look
that way. For one, Eastern needed Myers to make a position change in the offseason.
• • •
It all seemed so odd. Eastern York had a surprise shakeup with its girls' basketball program in the offseason, losing its head coach.
In stepped Brad Weaver, and when he looked at the program he knew Myers was a good player. But she
was playing more of a forward or an off guard position last season, and he wanted her to change roles.
"We had a need," Weaver said. "We knew we needed a point guard, and she's the one I looked to. She's
a taller point guard, she can see over the defense."
Eastern York high school's Brooke Lacesa, left, and Hannah Myers puts the pressure on York Suburban's Katherine Mooney during the Knights' 46-36 victory over the Trojans on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. (Photo: Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record)
The transition might sound like a simple matter. It wasn't.
"I was really scared," Myers said. "Growing up, I never liked handling the point, but he worked with me
and helped me to get my touch back."
Myers needed hours of offseason work to fine-tune her game to prepare to be the point guard. She
"Hannah is a fighter," Tracy Myers said. "She knew she just had to do it."
But it was not easy. Even in her time away from Eastern coaches she drilled with Scott Singer, a
basketball development coach at Next Level Basketball Performance Academy, to improve at handling the ball.
"It took a long time," Myers said. "And I'm still learning, too."
Eastern now has options at point guard. Weaver can use Katie Lehman at point or Myers, and Myers has
shown she can play the point at this level.
• • •
An opposing coach noted he had heard Eastern had another Myers girl. And he had heard she might be the best Myers, yet.
That in itself is saying something.
Liz Myers is starting and averaging 10.4 points per game at Shepherd University.
Leah Myers has recovered from a foot injury and is playing at Bloomsburg University.
"Hannah is benefiting because she saw what it takes to be the complete player," Tracy Myers said.
The neat thing about the Myers sisters is each one had a different style of play.
Liz, who stands 5-foot-11, played in the post.
Leah, who stands 5-foot-9, slashed to the hoop.
Hannah does a bit of everything.
Playing the point she can run the floor and slash to the hoop, of course, but she can also be found under
the rim fighting for the ball against the opposition's tallest players.
"She's the one who can always create her own shot, she's a leader and we need her," Weaver said. "She's
very versatile ... she does it all for us."
Eastern York girls stay perfect, now 5-0
The Eastern York girls' basketball team continued its strong start to the season, downing York Suburban 46-36 on Tuesday night.
The game was played at York Suburban High School.
Eastern York is now 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in YAIAA Division II play. The Golden Knights sit tied atop the division standings with Dover.
Entering the season, much of the divisional talk focused on defending champion Susquehannock, York Suburban and West York. Yet the Golden Knights and Eagles have put themselves firmly in the conversation as well.
Tuesday's score was 20-18 at halftime before Eastern outscored Suburban 10-2 in the third quarter to pull away.
Hannah Myers led the way with 21 points for the Golden Knights. Cassidy Arnold backed her up with 12.
Georgia DuMars was the Trojans' leading scorer with 14 points. Ali Reinecker added seven.
York Suburban is now 2-3 on the year and 1-2 in YAIAA Division II play.
Friday's best: Myers leads Eastern York in win
Staff report11:43 p.m. EST December 16, 2016
Hannah Myers scored a game-high 23 points to lead Eastern York to a 49-44 comeback victory against Susquehannock on Friday night at Eastern York High School.
The game featured the top two teams in YAIAA Division II.
Susquehannock (3-1, 1-1) sped to a double-digit lead in the first half, using a zone press to frustrate the Knights (4-0, 2-0). Once the Knights adjusted to the press, Eastern managed to pull within one point at halftime. Myers, who took over as the starting point guard this season, broke out with 10 points in Eastern's pivotal third quarter, when the Knights outscored the Warriors, 17-11.
Susquehannock pulled close in the fourth quarter. Jaden Walker scored a team-high 18 points and Tyler Williams added 11 points.
Eastern girls spread the scoring to rout Northeastern
Ryan Dixon, For GameTimePA.com10:28 p.m. EST December 13, 2016
The Eastern York girls' basketball team got the Brad Weaver era started on the right foot, winning the Spring Grove tip-off tournament by knocking off Carlisle 55-36 on Saturday.
Weaver, who's in his first year coaching girls' basketball at Eastern, admitted being nervous in his debut Friday night and added his team had some pre-game jitters as well. With that being said, the Golden Knights stayed collected to knock off Spring Grove 43-37, then recorded the 19-point win over Carlisle on Saturday to claim the crown.
"This team is very young," Weaver said. "We have some freshmen and a lot of sophomores. But we kept it together."
He then added about Saturday's victory: "Not only did we win, we won by 19 points. Considering how early in the season it is, it was surprising how well they played and executed the gameplan."
Cassidy Arnold scored 19 points in Saturday's win and was named tournament MVP. Hannah Myers, who was named to the All-Tournament first team, added 14 points in the title contest.
The Golden Knights will take the floor again Tuesday at Northeastern.
In just a few days, the 2016-2017 York-Adams League girls' basketball season will begin.
The season is winding down. Routines change, friendships have grown, priorities change. As a player, what should you do now? When practice time comes and there is no practice, what do you do? When there are no games to prepare for, what do you do with your time?
Here are a just a few thoughts I had as to how to recover and prepare for the next season.
1. Take 3 - 4 weeks to relax. It has been a long, physically and mentally draining season. If you want to improve, you have to give yourself a chance to recover.
2. Catch up and get ahead of your schoolwork.
3. Talk to your coach and evaluate your season. Talk about what you did well and what you did not. Determine the areas you need to improve on. Discuss the things you would like to do and how to accomplish them.
4. After taking a month off, start on your off-season workout program. The program should be about 75% skill work and 25% play.
5. Develop your shooting stroke. If you want to become a GREAT shooter and raise your percentage, it MUST happen during the off season. It's just TOO difficult to develop these skills and improve during the season. It must be done during the off season!
6. Start a strength training program. Your objective should be to gain strength from now until the end of the summer.
7. As you enter the summer, add more play to your workout. You should be at about 50% skill work, 50% play. Don't neglect your weight work. Great strength gains can be made during this period.
8. Go to skill development camp. Learn from other coaches, play against different players. The more diverse your summer experience, the better player you will become.
9. When the summer is over, your routine changes. GET AHEAD in the classroom. Once the season starts, it is easy for your schoolwork to slip.
10. Change your workout routine to 25% skill, 75% play.
11. Switch your strength training routine to an endurance and strength maintenance routine.
12. A week before the season, take some time off. Get ready to go.