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 second half of the season is here, and Eastern York and Susquehannock find themselves atop the YAIAA Division II girls' basketball standings.
The two teams play a big game Wednesday to see who can gain the upper hand. Each squad enters deadlocked with 7-1 divisional marks.
"I always tell the kids before each game that it's the biggest one of the season," said Susquehannock head coach Dave Schreiner. "Wednesday), it really is. It determines who takes over the driver's seat. At least for this week."
In the teams' first meeting of the season, Eastern came out on top, 49-44, on the Golden Knights' home court. Wednesday's contest tips off at 7:30 p.m. at Susquehannock High School.
The Golden Knights realize that Susquehannock will enter the game with revenge on its mind.
"You use different things to motivate your team. When you don't win the first time, the nice thing is you get your second chance," said Eastern York head coach Brad Weaver, putting himself in the shoes of the opposition. "That's something we'll have to be ready for, from the beginning of the game."
The Warriors are a talented team, headlined by senior forward Tyler Williams, junior guard Taylor Tannura and sophomore guard Jaden Walker. They're also the defending YAIAA Division II champions and have won nine of 10 games to stand at 11-3 overall.
"The first time around, I thought we should have won," Schreiner said, hearkening back to the first meeting against Eastern. "We've changed some things this game."
Schreiner said the main point of emphasis entering Wednesday's contest is halfcourt defense.
Eastern York, on the other hand, came from out of nowhere under first year coach Brad Weaver to zip out to an 8-0 start. While the team has dropped four of its last seven games, it still features standout junior Hannah Myers, who averages 17 points per game and stars as a do-it-all player for the Golden Knights.
Eastern York is looking to right the ship, however, after surrendering a whopping 95 points in a Monday night loss to Central York to fall to 11-4 overall.
"Offensively we were fine," Weaver said of the 95-60 defeat. "Defensively, they pretty much did what they wanted."
Weaver added he believes his team's in store for a bounce-back performance. He also emphasized the nature of the season's second half.
"Everyone knows everyone," Weaver said. "Everyone has scouted everyone's players. Everyone knows the tendencies of each team."
Said Schreiner in that regard: "Now it's about execution. Everyone has seen us on film 20 times. There's no secrets. It's about players executing, and playing better than the person who's across the ball from you."
If you go
Who: Eastern York (11-4 overall, 7-1 in YAIAA Division II) vs. Susquehannock (11-3, 7-1)
What: YAIAA Division II girls' basketball game
Where: Susquehannock High School
When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.