February 21, 2009

York girls' basketball team shut down by top-ranked Dorman

ROEBUCK -- York coach Paula Blackwell felt going into Friday night's second-round Class AAAA playoff game at Dorman that her team had a legitimate chance to pull a major upset.

However, despite a gutsy effort by the Lady Cougars, the Cavaliers demonstrated the reason why they're the state's No. 1 team with a 64-39 victory.

York finishes its season at 16-11, while Dorman advances to host Greenwood on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

"We were prepared. We never thought we were coming over here to lose," Blackwell said. "When I start coaching and think I'm going to lose before the game, I'll get out of it."

Dorman (23-2) smothered York defensively from the opening tip to lead 15-2 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Cougars clawed back to pull within 19-8 on senior Ashley Brannon's three-point play with four minutes to go in the half.

The Cavaliers responded with a 14-1 run that included four consecutive 3-pointers with a pair from Fanchon Sartor, and one each from Mikala Scott and Allison Karabinos.

Sartor knocked down her third 3-pointer of the quarter at the buzzer to give Dorman a 38-13 lead at the half.

Sartor led all scorers with 23 points.

Scott added 14 points, while Ashlen Dewart finished with 13.

"Anytime you can hit a 3-ball and get a stop on defense, it's going to make a big difference," Sartor said.

"It's tough because you go in at halftime and it's a lot to come back from," Blackwell said. "They put it in the hole, and that's what you have to do in the playoffs."

The Cavaliers opened the second half much like it ended the first, jumping out on an 11-0 run.

The barrage continued into the fourth quarter as Sartor's basket gave Dorman its largest lead of 64-23.

"This was a totally different game than we started out with on Tuesday (against Easley)," Dorman coach Kristy Ray said. "That's what we need to move on. I'm proud of our efforts defensively."

York ended the game on a 16-0 run of its own behind sophomore Hikeya Davis, who finished with a team-high 15 points.

Tikerra Anderson and Brannon each added eight points.

"We'll get past this and next year we'll do better," Davis said. "We just couldn't make shots. It was their night."

"Our kids played hard start to finish," Blackwell said. "Dorman has a great tradition. When you build something and have all these banners hanging around here. This is seven straight years that they are looking to advance. I hope our kids see this is what it takes to have that type of program."

Dorman 15 23 18 8 -- 64

York 2 11 17 19 -- 39

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