Spartans Remain Red Hot with Fifth Straight Win

YORK, PA – The York College women’s basketball team rolled to their fifth straight victory Sunday afternoon courtesy of a 92-54 win over the visiting Raptors from Rutgers-Camden. The Spartans, who posted a new school record by shooting 56.5 percent from the floor for the game, move their season mark to 5-1 while their guests drop to 0-4 on the year.
     Senior point guard Keli Ward (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford) led the green and white with 17 points on a flawless 4-for-4 from the floor and a sterling 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. Ward dished-out a team-best nine assists, just barely missing her fourth double-double of the year, and registered five rebounds and four steals.
     York opened the game with a 12-3 run over the first 3:51 as four different Spartans finding the bottom of the net. Camden would close the York lead to six points on two separate occasions in the first half before the Spartans steadily pulled away from their counterparts.
     York’s lead grew to as much as 29 by the end of the first frame at 50-21. The Spartans headed to the locker room shooting a strong 19-for-33 from the field and 11-for-12 from the free-throw line.
     The second half proved much of the same for both sides as York continued to control play at both ends of the floor. The Spartans would build their advantage to as much as 43 points on a Jamie Polan (York, Pa./West York) free throw with 10:58 remaining in the contest. With the game well in-hand, head coach Betsy Witman was able to find each player significant minutes, which could prove valuable as the season progresses.
     Twelve different Spartans scored in the game as York’s crisp ball movement led to numerous open looks. The green and white converted 35 of their 62 attempts to establish the new program high in single-game shooting percentage. York also put up sparkling numbers from the charity stripe, going 20-of-24 from the line.
     Along with their stellar offensive effort, York played stifling defense which forced the Raptors into a mere 30.2 percent shooting from the floor and 26 turnovers which the Spartans converted into 37 points.
     Sophomore guard April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) poured in 13 points going 5-for-7 from the field while senior forward Chanel Perez (Biglerville, Pa./Gettysburg) tallied eleven points and led the green and white with six rebounds. Sophomore forward Jaimie Sapp (Bluemont, Va./Loudoun Valley) was the fourth Spartan in double-figures with ten points on the afternoon. Senior guard Amanda Andrews (Fallston, Md./Fallston) chipped-in with nine points and four steals.
     Casey Crenny paced the Raptors offense with 22 points on 5-for-8 shooting, including a trio of three-pointers, going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Stephanie Deisley was the Raptors second-leading scorer registering ten points.
     Over York’s five consecutive victories since their season-opening loss to Messiah, the Spartans have scored at a rate of 85.2 points per game and winning by an average of 26.2 points. The Spartans will test that offensive prowess and put their five-game streak on the line on Wednesday, December 3, as the green and white travel to Hood College to open up their 2008-09 Capital Athletic Conference slate. Tip-off from Frederick Community College is set for 6:00 pm.


Keli Ward photo courtesy of Eric Linsley