YORK – It was a hard fought game with 2nd-ranked Elkhorn, but the York Duke girls came up short Friday afternoon, losing 57-50 in double overtime in first round action at the 2018 York holiday basketball tournament.
Throughout most of the game neither team led by more than 4 points until the 2nd overtime. York trailed 13-10 after 1 quarter and 20-18 at the half, and after 3 quarters the game was knotted at 30-30. The Duke girls finally opened up a three point lead late in the 4th quarter, but Elkhorn star Maddy Meehan, who led all scorers with 23 points, rebounded a missed 3 pointer, and drained a three pointer of her own at the buzzer, tying the game at 43, and sending the game to overtime.
In the first overtime, each team could only muster 3 points, sending the game into a second extra session tied at 46. The Antlers then took over the game and pumped in 11 points to York’s 4 in the second extra period, winning 57-50.
York was paced by Maddie Portwine’s 22 points. Masa Scheierman added 11 points in the loss, which sends York to the 11am Saturday 3rd place game against Platteview, who was defeated 52-36 by perennial Class C1 power Hastings St. Cecilia.
The York boys will also face Platteview Saturday, but in the championship game of the boys bracket at 3:30 pm. Platteview defeated Hastings St. Cecilia 52-41, and York’s boys knocked off Elkhorn in a low-scoring affair, 44-39.
York jumped out to a 14-9 first quarter lead, and after a lackluster 2nd period, it was only 19-16 York at halftime.
Following another low-scoring quarter, the Dukes led 29-22 after 3. But Elkhorn turned it up a notch with 5 three-point baskets in the final quarter, including 3 by guard Mitch Kahre, who led the way with 15 points for the Antlers, who made the game close. But eight 4th quarter points by York’s Brady Danielson, and a pair of free throws by Jeb Lucas, enabled the the Dukes to hang on for the victory.
Danielson led all scorers with 22 points, while Reid Hoffman added 9, and Garrett Snodgrass scored 7, all in the second half.