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Panthers win season opener behind strong offense

Panthers win season opener behind strong offense

CRETE – York College was ready to play on Wednesday night as they traveled to Doane University and upset the Tigers in their home area 78-72. The Panthers used a high-scoring offense to come away with their first win of the 2020-21 season.

York jumped out to an 18-13 advantage after the first quarter thanks in part to back-to-back three-point field goals by Catie Whitehead (JR/New Port Richey, Fla). Whitehead made her first four attempts from the floor, three of them from downtown. Julia Trujillo (SR/Denver, Colo) scored nine points in the first period to lead the Panthers.

The Tigers outscored the Panthers in the second quarter 21-19 to pull within three points at the intermission 37-34. The third quarter seemed to be a turning point for the Tigers as they went on a 10-2 run to open up the second half. However, after the Tigers took a 44-39 advantage the Panthers went on a run themselves to go up by five 49-44. The teams continued to battle for the final four minutes of the period and found themselves tied 57-57 when the buzzer sounded.

York found themselves in a tough situation in the fourth quarter as the Tigers jumped ahead by seven points in the first three minutes of the final period. York didn’t score a field goal until 5:41 was remaining as Whitehead hit her fifth three-pointer on the night. Trujillo followed that up with a layup to go up 65-64. The Tigers took the lead again on a three-pointer to go up 67-65. After a foul by Amaia Diez (JR/Pamplona, Spain) the Tigers looked to be in control and go up by two possessions before Yionis Keith (SO/Oklahoma City, Okla) stole the ball with 2:24 remaining. She quickly found Deja Derrell (SR/Colorado Springs, Colo.) who layed it in to tie the game at 67. That was the ninth tie of the game. Derrell stole the ball on the next two possessions and had the Panthers sitting a little more comfortable with a 71-67 lead with 1:18 remaining.

After a missed field goal attempt by Doane, the Panthers converted seven of eight free throws down the stretch to secure the win. Trujillo led all scorers with 25 points. Whitehead and Derrell were right behind her with 17 points each.

The Panthers shot 54% in the first half and finished shooting just under 47% for the game. York’s defense forced 26 turnovers and allowed the Tiger’s to finish shooting just over 35% from the floor.

York will play against the College of St. Mary on October 29 for their home opener. The game will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Freeman Center.

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