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Although her role may be different at times, former York Catholic standout Karli McFatridge seems right at home on the court for the York College women's basketball team.

The 5-foot-7 sophomore started her collegiate career at Juniata College, where she appeared in 20 games, averaging 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman. She moved to York this season and has played key minutes in a variety of positions for the Spartans, averaging 4.8 points.

McFatridge had seven points as the Spartans remained unbeaten with their win over McDaniel on November 26. She played some point guard in that game when York's Aja Wallpher was sidelined with an injury.

Spartans' coach Betsy Witman knows that McFatridge is more accustomed to playing shooting guard or small forward, but knows the young player can run the point, making a successful York squad even deeper.

"I am not a true point guard," McFatridge said. "I only played the 2 or 3 coming into this year, but coach kind of challenged me and thought I could handle the ball pretty well ... I think the hardest transition for me is being the vocal leader and bringing the whole team together and getting everyone on the same page.

"I have always played with a point guard that does that (remember she was teammates with Kady Schrann in high school), so I never had to do that. That is the biggest challenge for me."

Of course, being close to home helps McFatridge feel comfortable at York. But she also gets to play alongside former York Catholic teammate Brittany Hicks, who is an all-conference senior with the Spartans.

"My family is here, my friends and everything," McFatridge said. "I always came to watch the York College team play because of Brittany being on the team, so I am very familiar with how they play. With Brittany being here, it was kind of a comfort level and she got me a little bit acclimated. The rest of the team is great. They have been so welcoming. It's been fun."

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