York Country Day boys, Irish girls reach quarters
GameTimePA reporters Teddy Feinberg and Jim Seip preview the state tournament for the 13 squads from the York-Adams area. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The York Country Day boys' basketball team is three wins away from a state championship.
On Thursday, the Greyhounds (21-4) advanced to the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinals by beating Millville, 61-49, at Hamburg High School. York Country Day will play Girard College on Saturday. Girard beat Lourdes Regional, 75-52, on Thursday.
After leading by nine at halftime, the Greyhounds increased their lead in the second half by getting out in transition and playing up-tempo, according to head coach Chris Charleston. Jordan Ray and DeAireus Brown both scored 17 points while D.J. Hamilton chipped in 12 and Greg Glatfelter added eight.
Charleston credited Hamilton with helping the team stay balanced offensively with Jalen Gorham on the bench with foul trouble most of the night. He said he expects Saturday's game against Girard to be a high-scoring affair.
"They like to push the ball, and they play a similar style to us so hopefully we can get a few more stops," Charleston said. "We're always hoping for balanced scoring so it was nice to see D.J. have a good game."
On the girls' side, York Catholic advanced to the 3A quarterfinals with a 60-46 win over Pine Grove at Milton Hershey High School. The Irish (22-6) will play the winner of Friday's contest between Saint Basil Academy and Dunmore on Sunday.
Kate Bauhof led York Catholic with 28 points while Jania Wright (12) and Abbey Pilkey (11) both scored in double figures. Still, Irish head coach Kevin Bankos said the team needs to play with more focus on Sunday.
"We're going to have to play better than we did tonight, but my message is if we execute our game plan than we can do it," Bankos said. "Both (Saint Basil and Dunmore) are tall and athletic. It should be a good game.
Also in the 3A girls' bracket, Delone Catholic saw its season end with a 59-47 second-round loss to West Shamokin at Holidaysburg High School. The Squirettes led by two at halftime but scored just five points in the third quarter and fell behind.
Delone head coach Gerry Eckenrode said senior guard Elise Knobloch carried the team in the first half, but that the rest of the Squirettes struggled to keep pace in the second. Knobloch led the team with 15 points.
The Squirettes finish the season 20-8 but will bring back a number of key contributors next season.
"We didn't score inside like we were capable of scoring," Eckenrode said. "They were scrappier than we were. Yes, we have a very young team but you can't count on next year being better."