The West York girls basketball team hasn't missed a beat this season.

The defending YAIAA Division II champion Bulldogs were moved up to Division I in the offseason and enter this upcoming week tied with Dallastown for the division lead.

West York continued to win -- they beat Northeastern and Central York -- even after career 1,000-point scorer Sarah Shearer went down for the season with a ruptured ACL against Dover nine days ago.

The beat went on Saturday afternoon for the Bulldogs in a 45-38 win vs. Delone Catholic in the opening game of the Red Lion Showcase Tournament.

West York’s Jessica Noll (24) puts up a shot against a Delone Catholic defender during Saturday’s Red Lion Showcase Tournament. West York won,
West York's Jessica Noll (24) puts up a shot against a Delone Catholic defender during Saturday's Red Lion Showcase Tournament. West York won, 45-38. (For the Daily Record/Sunday News -- Jeff Lautenberger)

"I think we are still trying to figure out where we are without Sarah," West York coach Jon Shultz said. "That said, I think we did a pretty good job both offensively and defensively. There are always things we can improve on, but I was proud of the way we played."

West York (15-2, 9-2 Division I) held a three-point lead at halftime and extended it to 37-28 after three quarters, primarily through a defense that held the Squirettes to 2-of-10 shooting from the field.

Sophomore starters Kari Lankford and Emily Wood paced the West York offense with four points each in the quarter.

Delone (14-4, 8-1 Division IV) twice narrowed the gap to six points in the fourth quarter but couldn't catch up, missing the front end of 1-and-1 free throws twice in the last minute.

"You aren't going to win very many games scoring 38 points," Delone coach Gerry Eckenrode said. "It's as simple as that. I'm just disappointed in our offensive performance and you have to give West York some credit for that.

"At the same time, I have to put some of it on us, too. I don't think we played with enough of what I call inner arrogance. I think we have some players sitting in that locker room who are capable of playing better than they showed in this game. I think we were a bit too passive and needed to attack the basket more."

The Squirettes started strong, scoring the first six points of the game before West York regrouped to take a 10-9 lead after one quarter.

The two teams played fairly evenly in the second quarter, with the two exceptions being zero turnovers for West York and a decisive 11-2 rebounding advantage by Delone Catholic. The Squirettes held a 21-6 edge in rebounds by halftime and a 33-17 lead for the game.

"I think they had us 7-3 in offensive rebounds at halftime," Shultz said. "That was one of the things we stressed at halftime and I thought we came out and did a better job of that in the second half."

West York shot 9-of-25 from the field in the first half and 6-of-9 in the second half. The Squirettes made 15-of-38 attempts from the field. The Bulldogs were 12-of-22 from the free throw line while Delone Catholic was 3-of-9.

"I don't think we did a bad job defensively," Eckenrode said. "They made quite a few of their points on the foul line and we didn't."

Wood, Lankford and senior Heather Zinn finished with a game-high 11 points each for West York.

Delone was paced by nine points each from Abby Sponseller and sophomore Maddie Comly.

"We just went through a dry spell of points," Eckenrode said. "We had 23 at halftime and only scored 15 in the second half. You are not going to beat a good team on 15 points."

  
WEST YORK (45)
   Emily Wood 3 4-6 11, Kari Lankford 4 2-6 11, Noll 2 1-4 5, Heather Zinn 4 2-2 11, Krepps 0 0-2 0, Johnson 1 2-2 4, Slagle 0 0-0 0, Tallman 1 1-2 3. Totals15 12-24 45.
DELONE CATHOLIC (38)
   Comly 3 1-3 9, Gingrow 3 0-3 6, Sponseller 3 2-2 9, Ball 3 0-0 8, Mall 1 0-0 2, Ugarte 0 0-0 0, Laughman 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Becker 2 0-0 4, Shipley 0 0-1 0. Totals15 3-9 38. 
West York     10    16    11    8 -- 45
Delone Catholic   9  14  5  10 -- 38
   3-point goals -- West York 3 (Wood, Zinn, Lankford), Delone Catholic 5 (Comly 2, Ball 2, Sponseller).