Sophomore sinks two, team celebrates District 3 Class 5A championship. (Teddy Feinberg/GameTimePA.com)
The Northeastern boys' basketball team won its first District 3 title, defeating Mechanicsburg in the Class 5A championship game Friday, March 3, 2017. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
See the top five plays from the Vikings' 46-44 win over the Lady Crusaders in the District 3 Class 4A championship. It's the Vikings' first ever District Championship. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
See thr top five plays from the Beavers' 55-27 win over Halifax in the District 3 Class 1A Championship. Beavers won their 3rd straight district title. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
York Catholic managed to win the District 3 championship against league rival Delone Catholic, and Irish head coach Kevin Bankos crossed off another milestone by winning his 300th career game. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Jordan Ray powered the York Country Day boys' basketball team to its second consecutive District 3 championship Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Hershey's Giant Center. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
See the top five plays from the Cedars' 66-59 loss to the Red Knights in the District 3 Class 6A Third Place Game. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
Find out how Jordan Ray and York Country Day were able to win back-to-back District 3 Class 1A boys basketball championships with Ray's GameTimePA.com Snapchat Takeover. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
The Susquehannock girls' basketball team is headed back to the District 3 championship game after a 48-25 victory against Twin Valley Tuesday. The Warriors play Harrisburg at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hershey's Giant Center. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Bobcats topple Spring Grove, highlighted by Fred Mulbah's highlight-reel dunk. (Teddy Feinberg/GameTimePA.com)
See the top 10 plays from Greencastle's 46-41 win over Palmyra in the District 3 Class 5A Fifth Place Game. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
Check out the best plays from Greencastle-Antrim and Shippensburg's boys basketball team in the District 3 Class 5A consolations. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
Check out the GameTimePA.com Top 5 Plays - playoff edition. Video by Lindsey Smith
Panthers lose in District 3 Class 6A semifinal vs. Cumberland Valley, 41-32. (Teddy Feinberg/GameTimePA.com)
YAIAA Division I foes Northeastern and Spring Grove are scheduled to meet in the District 3 Class 5A semifinal Monday at Hershey's Giant Center. The two programs have split the season series, with each winning at home. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The Susquehannock girls' basketball team is chasing a chance at history, attempting to win the program's first District 3 title. The Warriors appeared in back-to-back district finals in 2013-14, but came up short in both games. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Panthers lose to Eagles 66-45 in District 3 Class 6A quarterfinals. (Patrick Blain/For GameTimePA.com)
The top five plays from the Cedars' 51-50 win over the Panthers in the District 3 Class 6A Quarterfinals. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
On Thursday, Northeastern's Fred Mulbah hosted GameTimePA.com's Snapchat Takeover. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
Spring Grove erased a 7-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Manheim Central, 65-63, in a District 3 Class 5A quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The top 5 plays from the Spartans' 76-71 win over the Cougars in the District 3 Class 5A Quarterfinals Thursday at Palmyra High School. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
The York Catholic boys' fell to Lancaster Mennonite 64-63 in the District 3 Class 3A semifinals. Here's a look at the closing seconds -- and winning basket. (Teddy Feinberg/GameTimePA.com
Check out the best plays from Northeastern's District 3 Class 5A boys basketball victory over Greencastle-Antrim. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
Teammates for the Jersey Shore Warriors, Spring Grove's Eli Brooks and Manheim Central's Taylor Funk met in a District 3 boys' basketball quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Top 5 plays Greencastle-Antrim vs. West York Matt Bernardini, GameTimePA
No. 5-seeded Carlisle held off No. 12-seeded Dallastown, 80-77, in the District 3 Class 6A boys' basketball tournament Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The top five plays from Central York's 64-48 win at Cedar Crest in the District 3 Class 6A First Round Tuesday. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
The top 5 plays from the Cougars' 61-53 win over the Eagles in the District 3 Class 5A First Round. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
Check out the best of the best from Greencastle-Antrim's playoff game with Shippensburg on Monday night. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
Check out the top five plays between Waynebsoro and Manheim Central in a District 3 Class 5A boys basketball first-round matchup. Video by Lindsey Smith
Check out Greencastle-Antrim's victory over Shippensburg through the eyes of Bryan Gembe, who hosted a GameTimePA.com's Snapchat Takeover on Monday night. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
GameTimePA reporters Teddy Feinberg and Jim Seip discuss potential District 3 basketball title teams from the YAIAA. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
GameTimePA.com's Matt Catrillo and Pat Huggins break down the upcoming District 3 boys and girls basketball tournaments for Lebanon County teams. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
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- Watch: Jordan Ray hosts Dist. 3 champion Snapchat Takeover
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- Watch: GTPA Top 5 Plays, playoffs week 1
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- Watch: Northeastern, Spring Grove meet in District 3 semifinal
- Watch: Susquehannock girls pursue school history
- Watch: Central York falls to Division-I bound Lonnie Walker, Reading
- Watch: CD East/Lebanon top 5 plays
- Watch: The complete Fred Mulbah Takeover
- Watch: Spring Grove's wild comeback sinks Manheim Central
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- Watch: York Catholic loses in closing seconds of OT
- Watch: Top 10 plays, Greencastle vs. Northeastern
- Watch: AAU teammates Brooks and Funk face off
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The goal for Susquehannock from the beginning of the season had been simple: Just get into the District 3 playoffs, and then don’t lose that first postseason game.
Now that the Warriors moved beyond that point in the season, Susquehannock’s goal has changed dramatically. The Susquehannock girls want to make school history.
“Our goal is to get to the Giant Center and win the district title,” Susquehannock’s Tyler Williams said.
That’s something the program has never done, but it’s still a possibility this season after another convincing win.
Using a dominant third quarter, No. 2-seed Susquehannock rolled away from YAIAA Division II rival Dover to win, 54-35, in a District 3 Class 5A quarterfinal Friday in Glen Rock. The win pushes Susquehannock (21-3) into the semifinals, where it will play No. 6-seed Twin Valley (20-5) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School.
Twin Valley upset No. 3-seed New Oxford on Friday, 54-46, to move into the semifinals.
Dover (18-7), seeded No. 7 in the District 3 Class 5A bracket, drops into consolation play, where it will play New Oxford (20-7) at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Hershey High.
Despite the final score, Friday's game was tight for the entire first half. So even though Susquehannock sidelined Dover standout Rajah Fink with three fouls with 6:29 to play in the second quarter, Susquehannock couldn’t shake Dover. The Warriors held an 18-16 lead at halftime.
The final two quarters were a different story, however, because of a different look for Susquehannock. Facing Dover’s 2-3 zone, Susquehannock opted to move diminutive guard Jayla Galbreath away from the top so she could get more open looks against Dover’s zone.
“I forgot how long they might be up front with (Rayah) Fink,” said Warriors head coach Dave Schreiner. “In the second half, we wanted to attack it more aggressively. Jayla got more open looks early in the second half, and that opened the game up.
“We got to the basket, we got to the foul line a few times, but we played as a team. I thought we wore them down mentally and physically. I told the kids at halftime … we have to go out and keep grinding.”
Galbreath scored all 12 of her points in the second half, keying a 21-12 run in the quarter by knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. Tyler Williams added 10 of her 12 in the second half, and Jaden Walker scored a team-high 13 points.
The balanced scoring is nothing new, and one of the hallmarks for the two-time YAIAA Division II champions.
“That’s something we do naturally, we generally share the ball and spread it out,” Williams said. “There’s no superstar on the team.”
It marked the third time Susquehannock had knocked off Dover this season.
So even though Rajah Fink scored a team-high 12 points, freshman Gabrielle Coley added 10 points and Rayah Fink added eight, Dover had too much going against it. Playing on the road, facing a big deficit and trying to stop the clock against an unselfish team that likes to move the ball around was too much to ask.
“Dover’s a great team and beating them three times in a row was extremely hard,” Williams said. “The Fink sisters? All the credit in the world to them. Gabrielle Coley, No. 11, she’s come on. They’re going to be tough again next year.”