For a team that's played in six of the past seven PIAA Class AA state championship games, it's hard to say that York Catholic would be overlooked.

But, after Tuesday's 65-59 win over Susquehannock, the Irish are 17-1 overall, riding a 17-game winning streak, including earning a victory in North Carolina over the weekend.

"I always call it duct tapes and band aids with this team," Irish head coach Kevin Bankos said. "It's a different kid every night. We have a solid rock with Morgan (Klunk), but they are pulling out games. As long as they're understanding what we have to do to win the game, that's what I'm looking for."

On Tuesday, the Irish saw leads as high as 15 points shrink to just four points, but in the end, the Irish closed out yet another win.

"Say what you want, an ugly win or a bad win, a win is a win, especially this time of the year," Bankos said.

With the county and district playoffs just around the corner, the Irish know they will need multiple scoring options to help Klunk -- who led all scorers with 21 points on Tuesday.

Hannah Laslo scored 19 points and Zaenna Echevarria added 15 for the Irish.

"Teams have been trying to stop Morgan all year long, but we're going to need two to three other kids (to contribute) and so far we have (gotten that)," Bankos said.


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Early on, Klunk, Echevarria and Laslo helped the Irish race out to a 10-0 first quarter lead and the home team held a 23-12 advantage after the first quarter.

But, the Warriors (12-6) battled back in the second quarter, closing within 32-28 at halftime as the visitors closed the first half on a 10-1 run.

"It's the little things, we battled back after we dug a hole early," Susquehannock head coach Dave Schreiner said. "We played 10 kids and I thought everybody contributed. We just came up short, but our kids played hard."

The Irish started the third quarter, much like they started the first quarter and the four point lead, quickly became an 11-point lead following a 3-pointer from Echevarria with 5:20 remaining in the third period.

"My role is to score and the help the team with passing," Echevarria said.

Even though the Irish held an 50-39 lead after three quarters, the Warriors kept battling and pulled within five points with 55 seconds to play following Katie Wagner's basket, but that's as close to the lead as the Warriors would get.

"The problem with our team so far is that we haven't won the big game," said Schreiner, who has seen his team lose close games to Dover and West York. "We have four games left, including Dover at home, who is undefeated, who we need to beat. We need to win a big game."

Susquehannock was led by Shannon Druck's 15 points. Makenzie Fancher scored 12 and Wagner added 10.

For York Catholic, as the calendar moves towards February, it's the time of the year they look most forward to.

"I think a lot of people don't think we are going to go as far as we normally do or be as good as we normally are," Echevarria said. "Coach even tells us he thinks we will go as far as past teams, we are just a lot quieter about it."

  

SUSQUEHANNOCK (59)
   Royer 1 0-0 2, Wilson 1 0-0 2, Deter 3 0-0 6, Fancher 5 0-0 12, Murphy 2 0-2 5, Barnhart 1 0-0 2, Stone 0 1-2 1, Voltaggio 2 0-0 4, Druck 3 9-10 15, Wagner 5 0-0 10, Lebo 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 10-14 59.
YORK CATHOLIC (65)
   York 2 1-2 5, Chesko 2 0-2 4, Ressler 0 1-2 1, Morgan Klunk 9 3-5 21, Zaenna Echevarria 7 0-0 15, Laslo 7 5-6 19. Totals 27 10-17 65. 
Susquehannock     12    16    11    20 -- 59
York Catholic   23  9  18  15 -- 65
   3-point goals -- Susquehannock 3 (Francher 2, Murphy); York Catholic 1 (Echevarria).
   JV score -- York Catholic 48, Susquehannock 31.