Friday marked the start of the season and two area girls' basketball teams, the Gettysburg Warriors and the New Oxford Colonials opened their seasons by taking part in the New Oxford Tip-Off Tournament.
Both started the season with a lot of questions about their teams and, even though it's only one game, Friday's results said a lot about both.
Both came up with wins and will face each other Saturday at New Oxford in the tournament championship game.
The Warriors, looking to replace 1,000 point scorer and team leader Bri Thomas, looked to be hitting on all cylinders through three periods against York Suburban. Their defense, which had held the Trojans to only 19 points to that point, had to scramble to hold off a furious rally by the Trojans to come away with a 40-39 win.
Led by guards Ellen Bair and Camden Boehner, Gettysburg not only controlled the game tempo, but had the Trojans struggling to find some offensive continuity.
Leading 28-19 going into the final period the Warriors looked to be in control.
The Trojans, however, began finding their shooters and slowly chipped away at the Gettysburg lead. Olivia Mingora was the main culprit as she knocked down four field goals, including two threes in the period. The Trojans also got 3s from Lindsay Saxman and Amanda Woodward to get within seven points with two minutes remaining in the game.
Gettysburg, meanwhile, got their last points on a goal by Arianna Camel with two minutes in the game. A 3-pointer by Woodward made it 40-36 with 1:30 on the game clock.
Running their delay game, the Warriors were successful in taking the clock down to 24 seconds before turning the ball over. A three by Saxman cut the lead to one point with only three seconds on the clock. Gettysburg successfully ran those seconds off.
Boehner led the Warriors with 12 points while Bair added 11 points and Camel added 10.
The Colonials probably had even more questions to answer. With one senior and no juniors on the team, they will most likely have the youngest team in the YAIAA. They also have a new coach in Mike Sanders, so even the most faithful New Oxford fan didn't know what to expect.
Playing an uptempo game, the Colonials led practically the whole game in their 49-36 win against Shippensburg.
Damping the win for New Oxford was an injury to sophomore forward Ashley Caster, who went down with a knee injury early in the first period.
"Our effort tonight was incredible," Sanders said. "I told the girls we will see a lot of adversity this year. Little did I know it would happen so soon. We are a young group and we will work hard."
With senior Lindsay Miller taking a leadership role, the Colonials took Shippensburg's best shot and came right back after them. Despite a large height disadvantage, the young Colonials got all the loose balls and held their own on the boards.
Running the New Oxford offense was sophomore Emily Lawrence. A star in the making, Lawrence broke down the Greyhound defense while taking away their fast break attempts.
"Emily is so quick," Miller said. "I would not want anyone else playing point guard. I can't stay with her in practice. She's just so fast."
Miller led all scorers with 20 points while Lawrence added 12 points.