February 17, 2010

Sparkman's Career Night Powers Spartans To CAC Win

STEVENSON, MD – The York College women’s basketball team received another huge effort from junior April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) as the Spartans posted a hard-fought 56-48 win at Stevenson University on Wednesday night in Stevenson, MD. Sparkman, who has been riding a hot streak of late, tallied a career-high 33 points as the Spartans earned the victory.

The Spartans remain alive in the hunt for a first round CAC Tournament home game as they improve to 11-13 overall and 7-8 in the CAC. The win also avenges the Mustangs’ first program victory over the Spartans in January. The Mustangs fall to 5-17 overall and 3-12 in the CAC.

Sparkman started the game with a three ball just 13 seconds into the game. The Mustangs eventually forged a few leads in the first half as their final lead came at 13-12 with 6:41 remaining in the half. The Spartans proceeded to smack the Mustangs with a 15-2 run keyed by 12 points from Sparkman while Dija Mitchell (Bel Air, Md./Mercy) added another triple in the spurt. The Mustangs scored the final five points of the half to trail 27-20 at the intermission.

The Spartans pushed the lead back to double digits on a Sparkman three-point play early in the half. The Green and White increased the lead to 13 on a Jess Kramer (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) bucket with 10:48 remaining in the game. The Mustangs were undeterred as they responded to Kramer’s basket with a 13-4 run. That cut the Spartan lead to just four at 43-39 with only 4:38 left. York increased the lead back to seven before the Mustangs scored four straight to trim the Spartan lead to three with 2:15 left. York responded by ending the game on a 10-5 run that provided the Green and White with the eight-point win.

Sparkman recorded her third straight double-double with the career-high 33 points while she also pulled in 12 rebounds. She was 13-for-18 from the field, 4-for-7 from three and 3-for-5 from the charity stripe. Sparkman now has ten double-doubles in 21 games played this year. Junior captain Jaimie Sapp (Bluemont, Va./Loudon Valley) was the other Spartan in double figures with 10 points while she also had six rebounds. Senior Jamie Polan (York, Pa./West York) handed out seven assists while she also had four points and three steals for York.

Vanessa Rice led Stevenson with 13 points and five rebounds. Rice was 5-for-11 including 3-for-8 from three. Daniela Poss was the other Mustang in double figures with 10 points. Rayshell Parker paced Stevenson with nine rebounds while she also had nine rebounds.

York finished the game shooting 43.2% from the floor and 33.3% from three. The Spartans went a chilly 59.1% from the free throw line as all 22 of their attempts came in the second half. Stevenson converted just 32.1% of their shots from the field while they managed just 19.2% (5-of-26) from three. The Mustangs made 7-of-10 from the line for the game.

Both teams had 36 rebounds in the game but York held a 13-8 advantage in second chance points.

The Spartans close out their regular season on Saturday with a trip to St. Mary’s. That contest will be pivotal in determining if the Green and White will have home court advantage in next week’s first round CAC Tournament game. Tip time in St. Mary’s City is set for 2:00 pm.