There was a point in the second quarter of Monday's District 3 Class AA semifinal between York Catholic and Camp Hill when just one Irish starter was on the floor.

Senior Rachel Forjan directed the other four Irish players -- all underclassmen. Just when it looked like the Lions were back in the game, in a flash a two-point game became a 10-point Irish lead.

The top-seeded Irish led from start to finish in a 57-28 win that propels them to their seventh straight district final.

The six time defending champions (24-3) will play No. 2 Delone Catholic (21-4) at Giant Center on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

"It's pretty impressive, in my opinion," Irish head coach Kevin Bankos said. "There are not many schools that have been there seven times in a row, so we must be doing something right.

"It boils down to we have kids that buy into our philosophy and we do what we can. We try to figure out the kids' strengths and minimize their weaknesses."

That scene in the second quarter is a reason the Irish are back in the finals. Younger players mix with the upperclassmen and learn how to handle these big games.

"Our younger girls stepped up," said Forjan, who scored a game high 20 points. "On the floor to me, we're all the same age. We all have to play together. I don't think of them as freshmen, they are a teammate."

Eight Catholic players scored, including three sophomores and a freshman. The sophomores -- Deanna Chesko, Zaenna Echevarria and Amelia York -- combined to scored 12 points and filled in with starters in foul trouble.

"We believe we have kids that can play the game -- nine to 10 deep," Bankos said. "The challenge for us is getting them in the game. We like to play a lot of kids and you want them to get into big games and handle the pressure."

The Irish held the Lions to single digits in all four quarters and led, 14-7, after the first, before the No. 5 Lions got as close as 14-12 at the 5:45 mark of the second quarter.

Then Forjan hit a jumper, followed by a 3-pointer and Echevarria nailed a trey of her own.

Just a few minutes later it was 22-12.

The Irish led, 24-16, at halftime and held a 35-22 advantage after three quarters.

Before long, the thoughts turned to another district final.

"It has, in a way, become expected," Forjan said of getting to the final. "We do have to harness that expectation and play our own game and if we do play that, our expectations will be met."

Morgan Klunk and Karli McFatridge were the other Irish starters in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Liz Clarke led the Lions with nine points.

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Tickets for the District 3 Class AA girls' final between York Catholic and Delone Catholic will be on sale at York Catholic today and Wednesday between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The teams meet at Giant Center on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

  
CAMP HILL (28)
   Curley 1 0-0 2, Kimport 0 0-0 0, Shover 0 5-6 5, Mitchell 2 1-2 6, Todd 0 0-0 0, Karl 1 0-1 2, Clarke 3 3-6 9, Guyer 2 0-3 4, Bostdorf 0 0-1 0. Totals 9 9-19 28.
YORK CATHOLIC (57)
   Rachel Forjan 9 0-0 20, Karli McFatridge 3 1-3 10, Mazzur 0 0-0 0, Chesko 1 0-0 2, Hess 1 0-0 2, Morgan Klunk 2 7-9 11, Echevarria 2 0-0 5, Marks 0 0-0 0, York 2 1-1 5, Laslo 0 2-3 2. Totals 20 11-16 57. 
Camp Hill    7    9    6    6 -- 28
York Catholic  14  10  11  22 -- 57

   3-point goals -- Camp Hill 1 (Mitchell), York Catholic 6 (McFatridge 3, Forjan 2, Echevarria).