The scoring remained low as the Susquehannock Warriors and York Suburban Trojans swapped leads in the third quarter of Wednesday’s defensive grudge match.
Then as the seconds ticked away Tyler Williams was fed the ball outside the arc. She fired the ball quickly, watched her shot go in and then jumped ecstatically as she gave the Warriors a 33-32 lead heading into the fourth. The 3-pointer gave Susquehannock the jolt they needed and they come away with a 51-45 win.
“She’s not really one to shoot 3s,” Warriors leading scoring Ashley Stone said about Williams' trifecta. “Her shooting the three really brought us together knowing that any player can play any position on the floor whenever they’re needed. That really got us pumped up and set the tone for the fourth quarter, which helped us win.”
Stone finished the game with 16 points – nine of which came in the fourth quarter – and Williams had 11 points in the victory. Stone hit another shot from beyond the arc to kick off the fourth quarter and push her squad ahead by four. A long jumper and an and-one basket a few minutes later gave the Warriors a 40-35 lead.
The Trojans were able to stay within striking distance, but smart clock management and clutch free throw shooting by the Warriors held York Suburban at bay.
“I knew in the end if we could handle the basketball and make foul shots that we would put ourselves in a situation to be successful,” Warriors head coach Dave Schreiner said. “We have a pretty good ball handling team, so use your strengths.”
The win over York Suburban was the second time this season the Warriors have defeated their division rival. Susquehannock picked up a 43-31 win over the Trojans back in December and Stone also put up 16 points in that contest.
Wednesday’s opening two quarters began much differently than how the game closed. The two teams were locked in a tight defensive contest and struggled to put up many shots.
Both sides played a tight press that limited scoring opportunities and held the two teams tied at 19 at the half.
The Warriors are down to four games and the win over Suburban is a big one in the stretch of the season. Susquehannock now has 16 wins on the year and remains undefeated in division play.
“It just shows our hard work as a team has truly paid off this entire season,” Stone said about the win.
York Suburban (45)
Dumars 3 0-0 9, Bulgarelli 0 0-0 0, Reinecker 3 1-2 8 Fairclidh-Henise 2 2-3 6, Olivia Gettle 6 0-0 12, Day 4 2-3 10. Totals — 18 5-8 45.
McCullough 0 2-2 2, Tannura 2 0-0 4, Walker 0 0-0 0, Galbreath 1 4-4 6, Tyler Williams 4 2-4 11,Ashley Stone, 6 3-5 16, Anna Mahan 4 3-5 12. Totals — 17 14-20 51.
York Suburban _ 12 _ 7 _ 13 _ 13 _ — _ 45
Susquehannock _ 8 _ 11 _ 14 _ 18 _ — _ 51
3-point goals — YS 4 (Dumars 3, Reinecker), Sus 3 (Williams, Stone, Mahan).