WAVERLY — With so many options on the York boys basketball team, opponents have to pick their poison and live with the result. That rang true Thursday as the Class B No. 2 Dukes (2-0) handled Waverly 61-36.
Garrett Snodgrass scored 15 points, Brady Danielson scored 14, and Reid Hoffmann had 12 as York pulled away with a 24-6 third quarter, which featured a 15-2 run.
The Dukes only led 27-21 at the break before Snodgrass found his groove with 10 points in the third quarter.
“In the second half our guards did a really good job of just swinging the ball around the key, so I could get opportunities to seal my guy and get in position,” the 6-foot-3 Nebraska football recruit said.
York pounded the ball down low with its size advantage to spark the run and only needed one three-pointer in the second half. Coach Scott Lamberty saw a big difference in how his team attacked after the break.
“The shots fell,” he said. “In the second quarter I thought we got pretty good shots, but we were just never in a good rhythm.”
The defending state champions are still finding their flow after a run to the state football semifinals, and Danielson and Snodgrass are both recovering from injuries. Snodgrass said getting into shape is the biggest challenge after dealing with injuries for much of the fall.
“It’s getting better, but I’m not where I want to be in basketball shape,” he said. “I was off my feet for a long time, just playing football games and not doing anything during the week. It’s just about getting my legs back underneath me.”
Ben Carter led Waverly (0-2) with nine points, all of which came in the second quarter.
Waverly girls 46, York 30
Class B No. 6 Waverly turned it on in the third quarter to pull away from York. Six Vikings scored in the period, and Alex Danson and Tessa Johnson each hit a three-pointer to spark a 17-7 advantage.
Eight different Waverly players scored on the night, led by senior Averie Lambrecht with 10 points. The Vikings (2-0) also had the advantage at the free-throw line where they made 14 of 19 attempts, while York only got to the line once in the first half.
Maddie Portwine had 10 points to lead the 1-1 Dukes, and Natalia Dick added nine.