Eastern York junior Hannah Myers comes from a family of 11, but she has managed to stand out for the Golden Knights by helping them to a 5-0 start to the 2016-17 season. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The Eastern York girls' basketball team is heading into the new year with a perfect record, but first-year coach Brad Weaver and his band of underclassmen still have work to do.
Eastern York battled to a 43-39 win against a youthful Spring Grove squad in the championship game of its holiday tournament on Wednesday evening, but closing out the game did not come easily.
After limiting Spring Grove (2-7, 0-4 YAIAA Division I) to 23 points over the first three quarters, Eastern York (8-0, 4-0 YAIAA Division II) gave up 16 fourth-quarter points
"We need to work on that," Weaver said. "Absolutely. You look back and these guys haven't been in a really big game together yet. It's still scary for us to close them out, but it takes time and experience."
The game marked the second time this season that Spring Grove had given the Golden Knights a battle. Eastern York squeaked by with a 43-37 win in the opening game of the season at Spring Grove.
"We are a growing team and a learning team," said Spring Grove coach Holly Baublitz. "We're going to take this game and learn from it. This game was definitely more physical than the first time we met. We wanted to come out and put pressure on them. Allow nothing easy."
Susquehannock is the only other team to come within 10 points of the Golden Knights in the early going.
Eastern York survived with Hannah Myers spending much of the game in foul trouble. Myers picked up her second foul with 1:53 left in the opening quarter and sat for a bit and sat in the fourth quarter after collecting her fourth foul with 4:22 to play.
Myers still finished with a game-high 18 points and was named MVP of the tournament. Teammate Brooke Lacesa also made the all-tournament team along with Spring Grove's Maddie Hagarman and sophomore Brooklyn Naylor.
"I'm proud of my girls," Baublitz said. "Brooklyn was a monster (with five blocked shots on Wednesday). She has the footwork and the quickness. She took care of things under the basket."