COLUMBUS – The York girls basketball team played one of their best games of the year Saturday evening, and picked up their second win in as many nights, as they knocked off a good Columbus Lakeview squad on their home floor, 42-39. Lakeview entered the game with a 13-6 record, but it was York, now 8-11 who controlled most of the game. The Dukes jumped out to a 15-7 first quarter lead on the strength of three 3-point baskets by sophomore Maddie Portwine, who added another triple in the second quarter. Portwine scored 12 in the game, all in the first half.
Junior Natalia Dick took over in the second quarter, scoring 8 of her game-high 20 points, as York went into the halftime break leading 27-20.
But the Lakeview girls didn’t give up, and came out strong in the 3rd quarter with a 12-2 run to start the period. They got their first lead of the game 30-29 with 3:39 to go in the quarter, but York got a couple of buckets from Dick, and regained the lead 33-32 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
In the final period, it was Dick’s turn to shine again, as she added 8 more points, helping York open up a six-point lead, before Lakeview got a meaningless 3-point play at the end of the game.
Dick led all scorers with her second 20-point game in as many nights, while Portwine scored 12, and freshman Masa Scheierman, who was a defensive stalwart for York, added 6 points.
In the boys contest, a pesky Lakeview squad never really threatened to pull off the upset, but York couldn’t put them away until late, as the Dukes prevailed 59-50 on the Vikings home floor. Brady Danielson scored 9 of his 18 game-high points in the first quarter as York gained a 12-9 advantage. Then it was Wyatt Cast who scored 8 of his 10 points in the second period, giving York a 31-22 lead over Lakeview, who came in to the game with a 6-13 record.
The teams played on even terms in the 3rd quarter, scoring 14 apiece, as York couldn’t put away the Vikings, but maintained a 9 point advantage, 45-36.
The Dukes finally did pull away in the final quarter, opening up a 15 point lead, 59-44, but 6 quick Lakeview points in the final minute against York reserves made the final 59-50.
Brady Danielson finished with a game-high 18 points for York, now 16-3. Garrett Snodgrass scored 14, and Wyatt Cast added 10 points in the win. Thunder Pilakowski was the only Lakeview player in double-figures with 16 points.