YORK, Pa. – Senior center Jaimie Sapp scored a team-high 14 points and junior guard Brittany Percich posted a career-high 13 to lead the York College women's basketball team to a decisive 69-51 triumph over visiting St. Mary's (Md.) on Wednesday evening from York's Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. The Spartans, who avenged a 79-70 overtime loss to the Seahawks back on December 8, improve to 11-9 on the season (8-4 CAC) while St. Mary's falls to 10-10 (6-5 CAC).
Sapp led the Green and White offensively as her 14 points came on a 6-for-13 performance from the floor, while she also pulled down nine boards and blocked three shots. York consistently pounded the post allowing Sapp and rest of York's bigs to have numerous touches around the rim.
Percich had an outstanding night totaling career-bests with 13 points and nine rebounds. She went 3-for-9 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from three, and shot a tremendous 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
The Spartans jumped out to a 14-3 lead 6:49 into the contest as Sapp recorded six of York's first 14. That lead stretched to 15 at 22-7 just 3:37 later as Aja Wallpher knocked down one of her two triples.
York's first-half advantage opened up to as much as 16, at 29-13 with 6:50 to play in the frame, before heading into the locker room with a 33-22 halftime lead.
The opening minutes of the second stanza caused some concern for the Spartans as their guests cut the lead to as little as six on two separate occasions. However, the Green and White never let their lead drop below that six-point line and, with 14:48 to go, grabbed a 12-point advantage on a Kelsey Murphy three.
With 9:25 to play, a pair of Percich freebies gave the Spartans a 23-point lead, their largest of the game, at 56-33. That would be the first of three different times the Green and White would hold a 23-point margin.
The Spartans cruised from there, due in part to their 8-for-11 second half free throw shooting as well as York's defense which proved strong throughout the 40 minutes.
Most notably, Murphy effectively shut down Pui Sham, the Seahawks leading scorer this season with 9.3 points per game. Sham only managed seven points, which included two made free throws, as both of her made field goals came while not guarded by Murphy. The long Spartan freshman guard did not allow Sham open looks throughout the game as Sham attempted a mere five shots from the floor.
For the Spartans Wallpher scored 11 points while Kristen Haley tallied 11 of her own and grabbed six rebounds. Murphy added eight points for the Spartan squad.
Sophie Pruden posted 16 points for the Seahawks as she led all scorers while also pulling down seven rebounds. Sham totaled seven points and Jamie Roberts chipped in with six.
The Spartans, winners of five of their last six, return to action on Tuesday, February 7, when they travel to Westminster, Md. to take on McDaniel. The non-conference tilt is slated for a 7:00 pm start.
PHOTO: Brittany Percich dribbles along the sideline while being guarded by Pui Sham during York's 69-51 CAC win over St. Mary's on Wednesday evening. Courtesy of Scott Guise.