It would have been very easy for the Delone Catholic High girls' basketball team to look past their matchup against Biglerville Monday night and concentrate their efforts on today's matchup against York Catholic that will decide the YAIAA Division IV winner.
The Squirettes did anything but look ahead Monday when they easily dismantled the Canners, 63-38.
"I thought we played really well," Delone head coach Gerry Eckenrode said. "I thought we shot the ball exceptionally well. When we shoot like that, we can play with anyone."
The hot-shooting Squirettes nailed eight threes. Abbey Sponseller opened the game by draining a three and Delone never looked back. Sponseller led the Squirettes with a game-high 19 points.
"We have been working a lot through running our set plays," Sponseller said. "We have really been focusing on our execution, and tonight we got the open look every time and were able to take advantage."
Eckenrode was especially pleased with Sponseller's performance and noted the growth and maturity he has seen from her throughout her senior season.
"(Abbey) is doing a very nice job," he said. "She was very inconsistant her sophomore and junior years. She is playing with more confidence. As a junior, she would go in a shell if she had a bad game. I guess it is just a sign of maturity."
Sponseller was not the only one to have a big night for Delone as four players scored in double digits. Bethany Ball added 13 points and Maddie Comly added 12, including two 3-pointers.
"Bethany, Abbey and Maddie can shoot the three," Eckenrode said. "I wasn't surprised by the eight threes. Tonight, we were put in positions to shoot it and we made them."
Eckenrode also received a double-digit performance from Mary Gingrow, whose sweet jumper led to 11 points.
"Mary doesn't give herself enough credit for the kind of player she can be," Eckenrode said. "She is one of the smartest players we have."
Delone (17-4, 11-1 YAIAA IV) started the game with the hot hand as it scored 22 first-quarter points, including four baskets from behind the arc.
Taking a 22-10 lead into the second quarter, Delone's lead was never in doubt. The Squirettes outrebounded the Canners 29-12 and forced Biglerville into 18 turnovers.
"I thought defensively overall we did a pretty good job," Eckenrode said. "I was very pleased with the effort. The only think we could have done better was we lost Olivaa (Moore) and Rebecca (Isaac) a couple times. I thought our help and recovery tonight was excellent."
Biglerville (13-8, 5-8) was led by Isaac's 15 points.
"This is the way you have to play against good teams," Eckenrode told his team after the game. "You played very well tonight. If you shoot like that and approach the game like that, you can play with anyone."
The Squirettes can now focus their attention on tonight's game.
"It was kind of hard to focus on York Catholic, but yet know that we had to come today ready to play," Sponseller said. "Last time we played Biglerville, they gave us a run. We are definitely really excited about tomorrow night and we want to keep the momentum going."
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DELONE CATHOLIC (63)
Abbey Sponseller 7 1-4 19, Bethany Ball 6 0-0 13, Maddie Comly 5 0-0 12, Mary Gingrow 5 0-0 11, Mall 2 0-1 4, Becker 1 0-0 2, Thomas 1 0-0 2, Ugarte 0 0-0 0, Laughman 0 0-0 0, Shanaghan 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Shipley 0 0-0 0, Durbin 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 1-5 63.
Rebecca Isaac 5 4-6 15, Olivia Moore 4 1-1 12, Camara 1 2-2 5, Trent 2 0-0 4, Freed 0 2-2 2, Baugher 0 0-2 0, Trimmer 0 0-0 0, Starner 0 0-0 0, Wenk 0 0-0 0, Wagner 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 9-13 38.
Delone Catholic 22 16 17 8 -- 63
Biglerville 10 12 8 8 -- 38
3-point goals -- Delone Catholic 8 (Sponseller 4, Comly, Gingrow, Ball); Biglerville 5 (Moore 3, Isaac, Camara).
JV score -- Delone Catholic, 55-34.