York Catholic stays undefeated in Class AA title win
York Catholic's girls team finished its season with savvy veterans throwing crisp passes and playing tenacious defense. No wonder it hasn't lost a game this year.
York Catholic defeated District 10 champion Villa Maria, 58-44, to win its second consecutive PIAA girls Class AA title.
Villa Maria (27-5) didn't make it easy, despite trailing, 34-18, at halftime.
The Victors cut the lead to eight late, and the game seemed closer than that with the way Villa Maria regained momentum after a deflating first half.
Britney Wilwohl hit a foul line jumper before Amy Oldach sank two free throws to pull Villa Maria within 44-36 early in the fourth quarter -- the closest they had drawn to York Catholic (35-0) since late in the first quarter. Its rejuvenated fans dreamed of handing York its first loss of the season.
York players admitted they started thinking about last year's title game, when the Irish stormed back from 19 points down to defeat Westmont Hilltop, 48-43.
But they never gave up the lead, and coach Kevin Bankos' veterans helped put the game away to give the school its 44th win in a row and another title.
Senior Megan Stewart, who finished with 24 points, calmly drove through the defense for an easy layup with less than two minutes and added two late free throws to seal the win. Another senior, Amanda Weaver, added two late key foul shots.