Two months after their first meeting of the season, the York High and Lancaster McCaskey boys' basketball teams will clash again.

The Red Tornado defeated the Bearcats, 79-65, on Dec. 28 in the final of the Lancaster Holiday Tournament.

The teams will face each other again on Tuesday night, and this time the stakes will be much higher. The longtime rivals will play for a spot in the District 3-AAAA championship game.

The semifinal between the two city schools is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Lancaster McCaskey will enter Tuesday's game riding a 25-game winning streak. The Red Tornado has handled every challenge since losing its first two games of the season to perennial power Harrisburg and defending state champion Chester.

Derek Wilson is York High’s second-leading scorer at 12.8 points per game.
Derek Wilson is York High's second-leading scorer at 12.8 points per game. (John A. Pavoncello photo)

York High (25-2) will bring a 19-game winning streak to the showdown. The Bearcats lost to Williamsport in their first game of the season and to McCaskey in their eighth game.

Both teams feature a load of offensive firepower. McCaskey has four players averaging in double figures, and York High features three players in double figures and another player who is scoring just under 10 a game.

Tavon Parker, who has scored 63 points in the two district games, leads York High with a 20.6 points-per-game average. He's followed by Derek Wilson (12.8) and Ramel Stephens (10.5). Jahaire Wilson, Derek's younger brother, is supplying 9.4 points a game. Parker has connected on 45 3-point shots.

Devonne Pinkard is McCaskey's top scorer at 19.1 points a game. Sha-ki Staten (12.7), Diante Cherry (12.6) and Keyon Cowan (12.4) are the other twin-figures scorers for the Tornado.

Both teams have the quickness to apply full-court pressure, so turnovers will definitely be a key to the outcome.

So will rebounds. York will need to hang with the 6-foot, 7-inch Pinkard and the 6-5 Cowan on the boards.

No. 2-seeded McCaskey vs. No. 3-seeded York High in the AAAA semifinals: a game that fans of both teams saw coming when the District 3 brackets were released two weeks ago.

Following are capsulized looks at other upcoming District 3 games involving York-Adams League teams:

MONDAY'S GAMES Girls' AAAA Semi final

DOVER (25-1) VS. CEN TRAL DAUPHIN (19-5) AT GIANT CENTER, 5 p.m.: After pulling out an overtime victory over one Mid-Penn Conference team (Hershey), Dover will take on another club from the same league.

Alayah Hall, at 15.4 points per game, is the top scorer for the Eagles, who are the top-seeded team in the bracket. Central Dauphin, which is coming off a wild, triple-overtime victory over Manheim Township, counts on the scoring trio of Shatara Parsons (14.5), Precious Martin (11.4) and Amanda Stouffer (10.5).

The Rams defeated Spring Grove (64-42), West York (58-35) and Red Lion (55-51). Dover defeated Spring Grove twice (35-28 and 51-44) and also earned victories over West York (44-31) and Red Lion (43-41.).

Girls' AA Semifi nals

YORK CATHOLIC (23-2) VS. ANNVILLE-CLEONA (15-9) AT PENN MANOR HIGH SCHOOL, 6 P.M.: York Catholic will seek to take another step toward a record eighth straight District 3 title.

The Fighting Irish defense was on point in the quarterfinals, holding Hanover to 14 points.

York Catholic's Morgan Klunk is one of the York-Adams League's leading scorers at 17.6 points a game. Hannah Laslo adds 10.7 points a game to the Fighting Irish offense. Annville-Cleona's duo of Alex Siebecker and Elaina Wanamaker combine for 26.1 points a game.

The Lebanon County team edged Camp Hill, 34-33, in the quarterfinals.

DELONE CATHOLIC (18-6) VS. OLEY VALLEY (18-6) AT PENN MANOR HIGH SCHOOL, 7:30 P.M.: Delone Catholic will bid to gain a spot in the final for the third straight season, but the Squirettes will have to defeat the Section III champion from the Berks League to get there.

Brandi Vallely, a junior, averages 19.5 points a game for the Lynx who've held opponents to 36 points a game. Delone, a tournament-tough team, also plays terrific defense (34.8 points a game). Maddie Comly (13.9 ppg) and Abby Sponseller (10.1 ppg) are one and two on the Squirettes' scoring list.

Boys' AAA Conso lation

NORTHEASTERN (17-8) VS. BOILING SPRINGS (16-8) AT CARLISLE HIGH SCHOOL, 7 P.M.: Northeastern played top-seeded Susquehanna Township extremely tough before falling, 43-38.

The Bobcats can clinch a place in the state tournament with a victory over the Bubblers. Khalid Nwandu, a Mount St. Mary's recruit, is the star for Northeastern with a 20.6 points-per-game average. Matt Gelber and Eric Contreras team for 25.9 Boiling Springs points a game.

The Bubblers lost two close games to Greencastle, 61-57 and 57-52. Northeastern scored a 54-50 victory over Greencastle in the first round of districts.

TUESDAY'S GAMES Girls' AAA conso lation

EASTERN YORK (17-8) VS. BIG SPRING (16-9) AT CUMBERLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, 6 P.M.: Eastern turned in a tremendous effort in a 72-63 overtime setback to top-seeded Palmyra.

Now, the Golden Knights aim to keep their season alive and earn a place in states.

Morgan Thomas and Elizabeth Myers are Eastern's scoring leaders at 13.0 and 13.4 points per game. Dalida Camdzic scores 14 a game for Big Spring, which lost, 48-39, to Gettysburg in the quarterfinals.


WEST YORK (23-4) VS. SUSQUEHANNOCK (17-7) AT GIANT CENTER, 5:30 P.M.: Susquehannock, which stunned unbeaten Lancaster Catholic, 59-53, in the quarterfinals, will have another shot at West York.

The Bulldogs prevailed, 58-49, when the teams met on Jan. 14.

Sophomores Keri Lankford and Emily Wood are West York's leading scorers with averages of 12.1 and 9.4 points per game. Shannon Druck and Katie Wagner team for 22 Susquehannock points a contest.

Whatever the outcome of this game, the York-Adams League is guaranteed a team in the district championship game.

Boys' AA Semifinal

DELONE CATHOLIC (15-9) vs. CAMP HILL (14-9) AT GIANT CENTER, 7 P.M.: The defending champion Squires are looking to play for another crown.

A victory in this game will give them the opportunity, and at the same time, allow their coach, Jim Dooley, to join a pretty exclusive club -- Pennsylvania high school coaches with 700 career victories. Dooley previously coached at Shippensburg, Cumberland Valley and Gettysburg.

Devon Moore (15.5), Brett Smith (13.8) and Andrew Austin (11.6) score in double figures for Delone Catholic. DeShawn Williams is the player to watch for Camp Hill. The 6-3 senior is averaging 18.4 points a game. Robbie Thompson has knocked in 45 3-point shots for the Lions, who moved up to Class AA this year following a third-place finish in last year's Class A bracket.

-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis