West York clinched a spot in the Lower Dauphin Holiday Tournament championship game with a 41-40 victory against the host team, rallying from an 11-point deficit early in the game. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The West York girls' basketball team shut down Greencastle-Antrim after halftime on Wednesday, giving up just seven points after the break to earn a 51-24 victory and win Lower Dauphin's holiday tournament.
Tasked with covering Greencastle star Jenay Faulkner, West York's Angie Hawkins excelled, holding Faulkner to just five points a night after she put up 23.
"Our plan was if (Faulkner) put it on the floor, we wanted to trap her," head coach Darrell Wildasin said. "It was really hard for her to get to the basket."
The Bulldogs held a 19-17 lead at halftime before going on a tear in the third quarter.
"We just picked it up defensively, got a little more pressure on them: No second shots," Wildasin said. "We started pushing the ball on offense and started to execute offensively."
The Bulldogs have excelled at making halftime adjustments. Wildasin said that while he tries to prepare his team for what to expect from their opponent, "Sometimes they need to see it for themselves to believe it."
Wildasin said Catie McCarty was outstanding on both offense and defense in both of West York's tournament games. Wednesday against Greencastle, the Bulldogs used a balanced offensive attack that saw all five starters score at least six points.
Next up for the Bulldogs? Enjoying a day off by going to watch No. 1 Connecticut take on No. 4 Maryland in women's basketball Thursday night in College Park.
In other tournament action Wednesday night:
The Northeastern boys remained undefeated, winning the East Pennsboro tournament. The Bobcats beat the tourney hosts, 62-43.
The Eastern York girls held off a late Spring Grove rally to win their own tournament and remain undefeated.
The New Oxford boys won their own tournament, too, overcoming a slow start against Hershey.
The New Oxford girls suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 53-38 decision to Northern Lebanon in the championship game of Lebanon's tournament. The Colonials fell into a 20-7 hold after one quarter and couldn't dig out of it.
West York's Kenton Meckley sank a half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 54-53 victory against Elizabethtown in the first round of the Bears' tournament. West York will play Bishop McDevitt in the championship game Thursday.
The Kennard-Dale boys advanced to their own tournament championship by beating Tulpehocken, 68-35. The Rams will take on Columbia on Thursday for the title.