For the first 16 minutes of the YAIAA Division IV showdown between the Delone Catholic High Squirettes and York Catholic Lady Irish, the game looked like a dud.
The second half, however, was much more like a championship game as York Catholic (20-1, 13-0 YAIAA IV) was able to hang on for a 48-43 girls' basketball win in overtime at Sonny Sheppard Gymnasium in McSherrystown.
"We told the kids at halftime that, if they thought Delone would go away, they were crazy," York Catholic coach Kevin Bankos said. "They always play well here, so we know they would come out after us. Maddie Comly was able to put her team on her back and carry them through the second half."
The Squirettes (17-5, 11-3) had more turnovers than points, 13-12, in the first half and were a cool 3-for-16 shooting from the field. The Lady Irish, meanwhile, had only one turnover and were a nifty 7-for-13 as they ran out to a 21-12 lead.
All of that changed in the second half as the Squirettes outscored the Irish 13-4 in the third quarter to tie the game at 25 going into the fourth quarter. Comly had six points in the quarter as Delone clamped down on the Irish and held them to only four points. The Delone defense paid special attention to York Catholic's Morgan Klunk and held her to only two points in the quarter.
"It wasn't a mild discussion in the locker room at halftime," Delone coach Gerry Eckenrode said. "Both myself and Beth Felix (assistant coach) challenged them and I think they responded very well. It just came down to them making the plays at the end. We had our chances at the end, but just didn't make the plays. We were lost in the first half."
Both teams traded leads in the fourth quarter and the momentum swung back and forth. York Catholic took a 31-27 lead at the 5-minute mark, only to seee the Squirettes tie it up on Comly's field goal and two foul shots.
The Squirettes managed a 35-34 lead with three minutes left in regulation, only to see the Irish retake the lead on a layup by Emma Keffer with 53 seconds remaining.
Comly hit 11-of-12 free throws in the game, but the one she missed would have given the Squirettes a win in regulation. With 44 seconds on the clockm she went to the foul line for two shots. She missed the first one but was able to make the second to tie the game at 36.
Both teams caused turnovers down the stretch, but were unable to break the tie.
Mary Gingrow gave the Squirettes a 40-38 lead in overtime, but baskets by Keffer and Klunk gave the Irish the lead again.
Delone then looked like it had the upper hand when Bethany Ball hit a shot and Abbey Sponseller hit a layup. When she added a foul shot,
That when Klunk took over the game as she added a 3-point play to tie the game again. Her two free thows with 42 seconds left then gave the Irish the lead for good.
Delone would not score again as free throws by York Catholic's Deanna Chesko and Klunk completed the scoring.
Klunk finished with a game high 24 points while Comly had 22.
The York Catholic jayvees completed their season with a 19-2 recond with a 51-42 win in the preliminary game. Japriya Carroll led the way with 15 points while Delone gaot 12 points from Sara Wilson and 11 points from Ally Shipley.
YORK CATHOLIC (48)
Chesko 0 2-2 2, Morgan Klunk 7 9-11 24, Echevarria 2 0-2 4, Ressler 3 0-0 7, Demonda 1 0-0 3, Keffer 3 0-0 6, York 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 11-15 48.
DELONE CATHOLIC (43)
Maddie Comly 5 11-12 22, Sponseller 2 4-7 8, Ball 2 2-2 7, Gingrow 0 2-2 2, Mall 1 0-0 2, Ugarte 0 0-0 0, Becker 1 0-0 2, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Shipley 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 19-23 43.
Y. Catholic 15 6 4 11 12 -- 48
Delone Catholic 6 6 13 11 7 -- 43
3-point goals -- York Catholic 3 (Klunk, Ressler, Demonda); Delone Catholic 2 (Comly, Ball).
JV score -- York Catholic, 51-42.