Susquehannock used an aggressive, attacking defense early in Saturday afternoon's YAIAA girls' basketball game with Kennard-Dale, forcing the host Rams into 10 first-quarter turnovers on its way to a 53-32 win.
"We have to get points off our defense," Susquehannock coach Dave Schreiner said. "We are not going to get them all off our set offense. Our plan coming in was instead of a full-court press, I just wanted to pick up man-to-man full court and play them hard."
Susquehannock (8-2, 3-1 Division II) constantly pressured and harassed the Rams ball handlers from the start, forcing four turnovers in the opening 21/2 minutes. The Rams burned a timeout to avoid a fifth turnover and turned to 5-foot-11 senior forward Sara Tarbert and 5-9 junior guard/forward Katelyn Trott after the timeout to help bring up the ball.
"We wanted to put a lot of pressure on their guards up and down the court," Schreiner said. "We wanted to take Sara out of the equation and make it tough for them to get her the basketball."
Despite the turnovers, Kennard-Dale (7-4, 4-1 Division III) trailed by just six after the first quarter, thanks in part to 50 percent shooting (5-of-10), while Susquehannock shot 39 percent (7-of-18).
The Warriors extended their lead to 13 points by the end of the second quarter as it was their turn to shoot 50 percent (6-of-12), while Kennard-Dale slumped to 30 percent (3-of-10). Tarbert, who will be playing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County next season, had all eight of the Rams' second-quarter points.
Susquehannock made only one more field goal than the Rams in the third quarter but took nine more shot attempts and outrebounded Kennard-Dale by a 10-2 margin. With that, the lead swelled as big as 20 points.
"We are not taking enough shots," Kennard-Dale coach Jeff Stratmeyer said. "We need to get into our offense better and take the good shots. Turnovers and offensive rebounds are things we need to get better on. It's a work in progress."
The fourth quarter saw Kennard-Dale held without a field goal, while Susquehannock didn't make one until senior Leah Deter's layup with 4:10 remaining. The Warriors ran their version of the four-corners offense for a good chunk of the quarter before both teams began substituting players.
"We just put that in this week," Schreiner said. "I wanted to see if there was anything there we could get out of it. I kind of liked it. We might use a little more of that in the future."
Susquehannock's balanced scoring attack was led by nine points each from Deter, junior Makenzie Fancher and junior Shannon Druck, while freshman Ashley Stone contributed eight points off the bench.
"Everybody played well for us today," Schreiner said. "Shannon (Druck) hit a couple of shots to get us going, Makenzie did a great job at the point and I thought Ashley Stone did a nice job. Everybody contributed and we kept to our game plan."
Tarbert scored a game-high 19 points for Kennard-Dale.
"We turned the ball over a bit today," Stratmyer said. "We tried to be stronger with the ball in the second half and we made some runs at them. We kept battling. We are coming around. Still a lot of season left."
Jeannette Wilson 2 0-0 4, Leah Deter 4 0-0 9, Makenzie Fancher 3 2-2 9, Shannon Druck 4 1-1 9, Katie Wagner 0 2-4 2, Olivia Royer 0 0-0 0, Molly Knox 0 0-0 0, Alexis Murphy 1 0-2 2, Abbey Barnhart 2 2-3 6, Ashley Stone 2 4-4 8, Jess Voltaggio 2 0-0 4. Totals20 11-16 53.
Taylor Davis 1 0-0 3, Nicole Black 0 0-0 0, Maddie Duty 0 4-4 4, Sara Tarbert 8 3-4 19, Katelyn Trott 2 0-0 4, Lyndsey Duty 1 0-0 2, Morgan Anderson 0 0-0 0, Ashley Portillo 0 0-0 0, Sofia Alsamadi 0 0-0 0, Kristen Ross 0 0-0 0. Totals12 7-8 32.
Susquehannock 17 15 14 7 -- 53
Kennard-Dale 11 8 11 2 -- 32
3-point goals -- Susquehannock 2 (Deter, Fancher); Kennard-Dale (Davis).