Both teams were ready for the physicality.

West York and Red Lion have pedigrees in playing hard, physical and winning girls' basketball.

In the first meeting between the teams as Division I foes, things got ratcheted up a notch when, on top of the physical play on the court, there was also chippiness between opposing coaches and fans.

In the end, the game wasn't settled until the final seconds as West York came back from five down with less than three minutes to play in the game to win a 45-40 battle.

"I think it was our defense," West York head coach Jon Shultz said. "We didn't shoot the ball real well, but our defense was the difference maker."

West York (10-1, 5-1 Division I) also benefited from getting Sarah Shearer back in the lineup. Shearer missed two games while battling an ankle injury and came out hitting on all cylinders.

Shearer scored 14 of West York's 18 first half points and finished with a game high 22.

"We had huge intensity, it was a really big game for us seniors because none of us seniors had beaten Red Lion before," Shearer said. "It was a big win in the division."

Red Lion (8-3, 5-2) led, 40-39, with 53 seconds to play, but West York's Heather Zinn nailed a jumper from the left side to give the home team a lead with 44 seconds remaining.

Red Lion took a timeout, and on its ensuing inbounds play turned the ball over after a five second violation.


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"We had the game won, and I made some poor decisions and the players made some poor decisions," Red Lion head coach Don Dimoff said.

But, Red Lion -- which was led by Jenny Horvatinovic's 14 points -- would get another chance after West York threw its inbounds pass out of bounds.

However, this time, the Lions had their inbounds pass stolen and Zinn was fouled.

The Bulldogs senior nailed both of her foul shots with 33 seconds to play.

After a few missed chances offensively, Red Lion called a timeout with 12 seconds left.

But, Kelsey Clever's 3-pointer hit off the front of the rim, and West York corralled the rebound and was fouled.

"We've got to be able to rebound the ball," Dimoff said. "That's the bottom line. We've got to play a little tougher down the stretch and get loose balls and rebounds. If we get loose balls and rebounds, we win, it's that simple."

Shultz was happy with his team's rebounding efforts adding, "We hit the offensive glass really hard. I think we had 16 offensive rebounds."

Kari Lankford knocked down both of her foul shots with 3 seconds to play to give the game its final score. West York went 16-of-23 for the contest.

Red Lion was held to single digits in three of the four quarters, but it was ready for a intense game between two physical teams.

"We didn't back down," Dimoff said. "They like to play their style and we weren't going to back down."

Shultz added, "Playing better competition makes you better in the long run. These games make you a better team come playoff time."

The teams meet again Feb. 5 in Red Lion, in what is scheduled as the regular season finale for each team.

"I've got too many things to worry about before that game," Dimoff said. "We've got to regroup and try to make that last game mean something. Right now if we don't do what we need to do, that game wont mean anything."

  
RED LION (40) Kasey Seitz 3 4-4 10, Kuehne 2 2-2 6, Horka 1 0-0 2, Clever 0 0-0 0, Ness 0 0-0 0, Dimoff 3 0-1 8, Jenny Horvatinovic 5 2-3 14.
   . Totals 14 8-10 40.
WEST YORK (45) Wood 0 2-2 2, Johnson 1 0-1 3, Sarah Shearer 7 8-10 22, Lankford 2 4-8 8, Noll 1 0-0 2, Zinn 3 2-2 8.
   . Totals 14 16-23 45. 
Red Lion   9    7    16    8 -- 40
West York   9    9    10    17 -- 45
   3-point goals -- Red Lion 4 (Dimoff 2, Horvatinovic 2); West York 1 (Johnson).
   JV score -- West York 27, Red Lion 25.