No. 10 York (Pa.) escapes McDaniel with 59-57 win

WESTMINSTER, Md. – April Sparkman recorded a game-high 16 points, including the game-winning layup with 1.2 seconds on the clock to lead 10th-ranked York (Pa.) to a 59-57 win over McDaniel in non-conference women’s basketball action on Thursday.

            Keli Ward added 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Spartans (21-1), who watched a 12-point lead evaporate but escaped with their 21st straight win.
            Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) led the Green Terror (12-10) with 18 points while Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) and Kim Staub (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) added 15 and 14 points, respectively.
            Trailing 41-30 on two Amanda Andrews free throws with 12:51 to play, Lyles hit a jumper to spark a 13-2 run over the next nearly five minutes to knot the game at 43-all.
            Six straight Staub points capped the burst.
            With 5:57 to play, Chanel Perez hit a 17-footer from the left baseline for her 1,000th career point, giving York a 45-43 lead.
            Staub responded a 3-pointer that bounced home to give McDaniel its first lead, 46-45.
            Lyles extended the lead to three with a layup at the 4:32 mark.
            Trailing 50-47, Perez converted a three-point play with 2:43 showing to knot the game.
            After a Ward basket-and-foul stretched the lead to 55-52 with 1:14 to play, Lyles hit two free throws with 48.9 seconds showing to pull the hosts within one.
            A Ward 16-foot pull-up with 24.3 seconds on the clock pushed the lead back to three but Moreland canned a 3-pointer from the right wing with 8.2 seconds showing to knot the game at 57.
            Ward dribbled up court and hit Sparkman with a laser to give the Spartans the win.
            York jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the game’s first 3:48.
            Trailing 16-8 with 12:06 to play, Lyles and Kara Smith (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) hit back-to-back shots to pull McDaniel within four.
            The Spartans stretched the lead to as many as 12 on a Sparkman 3-pointer with 4:53 remaining in the first half but the Green Terror tallied six of the half’s final eight points to pull within 32-24 at half.
            McDaniel returns to action at Washington (Md.) on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.