November 24, 2009

Turnovers; Cold Second Half Bite Spartans

YORK, PA – The young York College women’s basketball team experienced some growing pains Tuesday evening as the Spartans fell 62-46 to visiting Gettysburg College in non-conference action. The Green and White committed 23 turnovers during the 40 minutes and went cold from the floor in the second half scoring only three baskets from the floor.

The first half looked promising for the Spartans (3-2) as York opened up a nine-point advantage at 21-12 midway through the frame. Junior guard April Sparkman (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) tallied nine of her team-high 20 points during the first 10 minutes of play.

Gettysburg (3-0) began to chip away at York’s lead as they eventually cut the Spartan’s margin to one at 31-30 with 2:12 remaining in the stanza. A layup by Julie McGrory with 1:53 left gave the visitors their first lead since 12-11 at the 12:38 mark. That lead would grow to seven for the Bullets as they finished the half’s final 6:12 on an 18-4 run, including a 12-0 spurt over the last 2:34, to go into the locker room with a 38-31 advantage.

York looked to dissipate the Bullet lead early in the second frame. The Spartans cut the margin to a mere three just 30 seconds into the half after a Sparkman traditional three-point play.

Following a brief Gettysburg run, Jaimie Sapp (Bluemont, Va./Loudoun Valley) went on a 4-0 run of her own to cut the lead to only four points with 17:13 remaining. However, that would be as close as the Spartans would get throughout the rest of the game.

Gettysburg steadily built their lead, growing their advantage to as much as 17 on two occasions. The Spartans were never able to find their rhythm, finishing out the final 14:40 without recording a field goal.

For the game, the Bullets’ Caitlin Moser led all scorers 24 points on a 10-for-22 performance adding 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Drechsler posted 14 points and four assists while Sara Kinsley grabbed 10 rebounds. In total, Gettysburg held a significant edge on the glass outrebounding York 51-35.

Sparkman led the Green and White offensively with 20 points while grabbing 13 rebounds to register her third-straight double-double. Senior guard Jamie Polan (York, Pa./West York) also reached double figures with 11 while ripping three steals. Sapp tallied nine points for York and collected five caroms.

The Spartans will look to get back in the win column on Sunday, November 29, as they travel to Johns Hopkins. Tip-off from Baltimore, Md. is slated for 2:00 p.m.

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Jamie Polan photo courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)