HERSHEY -- With 1:45 to play in the second quarter, Berks Catholic took just its second lead of the game against West York in their District 3 Class AAA girls' basketball quarterfinal at Milton Hershey School.

That lead would be short lived as the Bulldogs would close the first half on a 5-0 run. But, West York was just getting started.

The No. 2 seeded Bulldogs opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run and never looked back en route to a 58-46 victory over the No. 7 Saints on Saturday afternoon.

"It was a complete team game tonight," West York head coach Jon Shultz said. "We had a combined 32 rebounds on a big team like that and that's something to be proud of. We play hard every night."

The Bulldogs (23-4) advance to Wednesday's semifinal against YAIAA foe, No. 6 seeded, Susquehannock (17-7) at 5:30 p.m. at Giant Center. West York beat Susquehannock, 58-49, in the regular season.

"Susquehannock has got a lot of talent," said Shultz, whose team battled back from a nine-point deficit after three quarters to defeat the Warriors in January.

Against the Saints (20-6), the Bulldogs had a balanced offensive attack, getting 16 points from Kari Lankford, 13 from Emily Wood, 12 from Heather Zinn and eight from Jessica Noll.

"Basketball is a team game and that's what you ask for is for everyone to contribute," Shultz said. "When teams come to scout you, they look at your roster and look to see where they can take advantage of you. When you look at spread scoring like that, they have to play solid defense."

To Shultz's point, when the Bulldogs started their third quarter run, four different players scored, helping West York extend its lead to 41-27 with 3:40 to play in the period.

Lankford's 16 points were a game-high and she notched at least two points in each quarter.

"At halftime, coach told us we needed to extend our lead and we needed to come out strong," Lankford said.

Both teams struggled with turnovers all game, as Catholic finished with 25 and West York committed 21.

"We wanted to increase our pressure, too, in the second half," said Lankford, whose team caused 13 Saints turnovers in the second half alone.

Shultz wasn't pleased with the amount of turnovers from his team, especially in the first half, when they had 14.

"You have to take care of the basketball," Shultz said. "A lot of them were unforced. I think we were just trying to work at too fast of a pace."

Berks Catholic -- who was led by Brooke Wensel's 15 points -- closed within 42-34 with 37 seconds to play in the third quarter.

But, the lead was soon back to a West York 14-point advantage with 4:26 remaining in the game at 51-37.


   Katrina Balatgek 3 5-5 12, Neiheiser 0 0-0 0, Pollard 0 1-2 1, Janiszewski 0 0-0 0, Bossler 4 0-1 9, Fowler 0 0-0 0, Merritt 4 1-1 9, Brooke Wensel 6 2-2 15. Totals 17 9-11 46.
   Emily Wood 5 3-4 13, Johnson 1 1-3 3, Slagle 0 0-0 0, Kari Lankford 6 4-7 16, Noll 4 0-0 8, Heather Zinn 4 4-7 12, Krepps 2 1-4 5, Tallman 0 1-2 1. Totals 22 14-27 58.
Berks Catholic   5  12  10  9 -- 46
West York   7  14  16  11 -- 58
3-point goals: Berks Catholic 3 (Balatgek, Bossler, Wensel).