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York Catholic scratches out win over Eastern York

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York Catholic head coach Kevin Bankos isn't apologizing for winning ugly in the postseason.

All the Irish are concerned with is advancing, which they did Friday in a 68-54 win against Eastern York in the YAIAA girls' basketball tournament quarterfinals at Dallastown High School.

York Catholic next will face Central York, which beat Dover, 56-40, in Friday's quarterfinal. The semifinals will be played Tuesday at Dallastown.

Friday's game wasn't exactly a work of art, with the two teams combining for 45 fouls (24 on Eastern, 21 on York Catholic). Star players Kate Bauhof and Hannah Myers each fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

The Irish were powered by a 10-1 run to start the game and took a 27-15 lead into halftime. But Eastern York tried to climb back into the contest on multiple occasions, pulling to within six point at 46-40 entering the fourth quarter.

In the end, however, the deficit proved to be insurmountable.

"This time of the year, it's all about win and move on. It's not about style points or anything else," Bankos said. "We've won a lot of ugly games this year, so it's not a surprise."

Bauhof led the Irish with 30 points. Jania Wright added 16 including four 3-pointers in the first half. Gina Citrone scored 10 and Abby Pilkey provided a presence inside with eight points.

Myers led Eastern York with 25 points. Katie Lehman added 15 for the Golden Knights.