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.