The Delone Catholic girls' basketball team ran into a buzzsaw Friday night when it faced Dallastown in the first round of the YAIAA tournament at Dover High School.
The Wildcats exploded for eight 3-pointers, five in the first half, and defeated the Squirettes, 68-46.
Dallastown will oppose Dover in Tuesday's semifinal round at 6:30 p.m. at Central York High School.
Dallastown head coach Mary Manlove emphasized two goals as her team prepared to face Delone -- stop Maddie Comly and take care of the basketball.
After 32 minutes, the Wildcats had done exactly what their coach asked. They committed only eight turnovers, three in the second half, and held Comly to 12 points, with all but three coming when the game was already out of reach.
"I thought our girls did a great job tonight," Manlove said. "We have been working all throughout the season to get our defense to the way it is, and then the rest of the tema did a great job to help and recover quickly. Everyone was focused for four quarters on what they had to do defensively to get stops."
The unenviable task of stopping Comly rested on the shoulders of Shannon Thomas and Alex Lehman.
"I thought they both did an incredible job of breathing down her throat without fouling," Manlove said. "As a team, we did a great job of staying focused and playing for four straight quarters. The kids paid attention to the scouting report and played each quarter like it was 0-0."
Dallastown (17-6) is all too familiar with the impact of turning the ball over, especially when the game matters. The Wildcats lost to Red Lion by one, West York by one, Dover by three and York Catholic by six.
However, the Wildcats' efficiency from behind the arc has been a point of emphasis all season long.
"Throughout the season we have found out what a good 3-pointer was for us and when a good time to shoot it is," Manlove said. "They know who the shooters are, and they are picking their spots smarter."
"We have two rules for when they shoot a 3, and they are following the rules, and it is working," Manlove added.
Midway through the second quarter, Dallastown held on to a two-point lead after Delone's Mary Gingrow drained a jumper to make the score 18-16.
Dallastown then went on a 15-1 run, with three baskets from 3-point range, to close out the half.
"We quit scoring, and they made shots," Delone (17-6) head coach Gerry Eckenrode said. "I thought we were doing OK, and then they started draining 3s."
Dallastown took a 16-point lead into the half and never looked back. It extended the lead to 21 points midway through the third quarter. Delone went on a run to cut the lead to 11. Shannon Thomas' 3 as time expired in the third extended the lead to 15, and Delone got no closer.
"Usually after a loss, I can say our kids should have done this or should have done that or tried harder," Eckenrode said. "Today I can't say that. I just think we got beat by a better team.
"No one that we played all year has shot the ball like that. They shot the ball outstanding. I don't think anyone would have beaten them. I don't think our kids played bad. (Dallastown) just played at an A-plus-plus level."
In addition to holding on to the ball, Dallastown also outrebounded Delone 28-12. The Wildcats were led by Shae Grim's game-high 21 points.
The Squirettes were led by Gingrow's 14 points.
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DELONE CATHOLIC 46
Madelyn Comly 4 2-5 12, Mary Gingrich 5 3-6 14, Thomas 0 1-2 1, Abbey Sponseller 4 2-2 11, Ball 2 0-0 6, Shipley 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 8-15 46.
Jenna Jackson 5 0-2 14, Lehman 1 0-1 4, Shannon Thomas 4 1-3 11, Shae Grim 6 7-8 21, McGowan 2 2-4 6, Amari Johnson 3 4-6 10, Butler 0 2-4 2.Totals 22 16-28 68.
Delone Catholic 12 5 17 12 -- 46
Dallastown 16 17 16 19 -- 68
3-point goals -- Delone Catholic 6 (Comly, 2, Gingrich, Sponseller, Ball 2, ); Dallastown (Jackson 4, Thomas 2, Grim 2).