York grabs quality win at Lake Park
York knew a win Thursday against a strong Lake Park team could really give the Dukes a boost in confidence.
"I think we started warmups really hyped up, and everyone was trying to high-five each other and get ourselves ready, because we knew it was a big game," York sophomore Sydney Molis said. "I think we came out really ready."
York took an 11-point first-quarter lead, lost it on a 15-point Lancers run, then regained the lead for good on a 9-0 run to finish the first half and held on to win 66-54 in a nonconference game in Roselle.
The Dukes (15-8) won by holding -- yes, holding -- Lake Park junior Darrione Rogers to 30 points. Rogers, who made seven 3-pointers, is 19 points short of the 1,000 mark heading into Saturday's DuKane Conference game against Batavia.
"Obviously, our game plan was when Rogers caught the basketball we needed two on her to contain her," York coach Brandon Collings said. "When she gave it up during that run, not only were her teammates getting open looks, but she was getting them away a little bit too."
Molis and the Dukes showed they were up to the task offensively and defensively. Molis had her best varsity game with 19 points, leading the Dukes in scoring for a third straight game.
"I think we were working together as a team and the ball happened to come to me when they worked so hard," Molis said, "but I think together we made such good plays and I was able to finish."
"I thought she was phenomenal," Collings added. "At the point of our 1-2-2 (full-court defense) there, she did a great job. I mean her length is incredible."
On offense, Collings said of Molis: "We talked at halftime about her fading away from some open looks she had in the first half, and she did a great job in the second half of not fading away and finishing. She's been shooting the ball even better from 3-point range."
Junior Sara Krissinger also had a big game with 18 points, junior Bridget Los came off the bench to score 11 and sophomore Kaitlyn Kjome had 7 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists.
"Kjome played very well tonight," Collings said.
Kate Kirkham added 11 points for Lake Park (14-5), which made a dozen 3-pointers.
"Their size and speed really screwed things up for us a little bit today," Lancers coach Brian Rupp said, explaining the 3-point barrage. "They're a good team. They're a great team actually. I was really impressed by how they play. ... Their bigs are quick and good, so we had to hit 3s tonight to stay competitive, I thought."