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Second Half Comeback Lifts York to Victory Over Hartwick

Second Half Comeback Lifts York to Victory Over Hartwick

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The Spartans used a second-half comeback Saturday afternoon to defeat Hartwick, 51-46, on day one of the Montclair State Holiday Tournament in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.



York 6-5

Hartwick 5-5


Team Stats

Score: York 51, Hartwick 46

FG: YCP 18-for-61 (29.5%), HC 16-for-63 (25.4%)

3PT FG: YCP 7-for-36 (29.5%), HC 2-for-15 (13.3%)

FT: YCP 8-for-17 (47.1%), HC 12-for-15 (80.0%)

Rebounds: YCP 43, HC 54

Assists: YCP 10, HC 6

Turnovers: YCP 10, HC 15

Blocks: YCP 2, HC 2 

Steals: YCP 6, HC 7


How It Happened

• The Spartans and Hawks ended the first quarter in a 12-12 tie as a result of a stellar free-throw shooting performance by Hartwick (6-for-7) and a pair of key three-pointers by Molly Day and Lindsay Brown. A Kayla Ferris layup ended a near four-minute Spartan scoring drought knotted up the score at 12 with 0:41 left in the first quarter.

• The Spartans trailed by as much as 11 midway through the second quarter, but they managed to tie the score at 25 with less than a minute to play in the half as Tori Geitner led the way with nine points on an 11-0 York run. The Hawks took a 28-25 lead into the locker room as they went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe in the final minute of the half. 

• York managed to out-score Hartwick in each of the last two quarters to earn the victory. The Spartans took their largest lead of the game as they led 48-40 with 4:49 left in the fourth quarter when Sammie Matteo knocked down a jumper to cap a 9-2 run. The Hawks cut the deficit to two with 2:16 left to play, but York responded with four defensive stops and a steal on the final five Hartwick possessions.


Spartan Leaders

Alana Bortner: 12 points, 1 assist, 1 steal

Kayla Ferris: 8 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Molly Day: 9 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal


Hawk Leaders

Maggie Kirby: 20 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Giuliana Pritchard: 9 points, 16 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block 

Taylor Verboven: 7 points, 6 rebounds


Game Notes 

Alana Bortner led York with 12 points on the day as she has now led the Spartans in scoring in three-straight games and has been the team's leading scorer in seven games this season … freshman Tori Geitner set a season-high with nine points as she finished 3-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc … Kayla Ferris led York with 11 rebounds as she has now recorded double-digit rebounds for the fourth time this season … Ferris has led the team or tied for the team lead in rebounds five times throughout the season … the Spartans attempted a season-high 36 shots from beyond the three-point line … York held Hartwick to its worst shooting performance of the season as the Hawks shot 25.4% (16-for-63), including a season-low 13.3% (2-for-15) from three-point range … York now takes a 1-0 lead in the all-time series with Hartwick.


Up Next 

The Spartans return to action on tomorrow in the championship game of the Montclair State Holiday Tournament. York will face the host Red Hawks at 3 p.m.