By halftime Friday night, Gretna was sending the last undefeated team in Class B girls basketball to its first loss.
The Dragons built a 34-12 lead on York en route to a 61-49 win.
Mary Janovich had 22 points and Jamie Schuetz added 21 for Class B No. 7 Gretna (7-3), which had dropped its past three games against teams with winning records.
“We're starting to come around,” Gretna coach Jerome Skrdla said.
It was a frustrating night for the No. 4 Dukes (9-1). Coach Matt Kern said his team wasn't itself before the game.
“There was a lot of hype and a lot of talk about this game,” he said. “I saw excitement in the locker room I hadn't seen this year.”
Skrdla said he was pleased with how the Dragons defended Hannah Riley, who's been averaging nearly 20 points a game as the Dukes' leading scorer. She finished with 13.
“The other thing we had to do was score on them,” he said. “They had been averaging around 30 points on defense.”
The coach said Gretna got a boost from Audra Keehn, who had been hurt. She had eight points and nine rebounds.
York, with Emma Grenfell scoring 15 points and Erin Malleck 14, closed to 49-37 in the fourth quarter but never got closer than that.
Kern said Gretna's quickness was a factor.
“They exposed some things we have to get better at,” he said. “You can't give up 60 points and only score 12 in the first half.”
York (9-1) .................................................. 5 7 16 21—49
At Gretna (7-3) .......................................... 18 16 13 14—61
Y: Emma Grenfell 15, Erin Malleck 14, Hannah Riley 13, Tayte Hansen 3, Jordyn Stearns 2, Dacia Stuhr 2.
G: Mary Janovich 22, Jamie Schuetz 21, Audra Keehn 8, Madison Meadows 6, Maren Soupir 5.
York boys 43, Gretna 28
Class B's No. 2 boys team remained undefeated while winning its lowest-scoring game of the season.
Ty Danielson had 15 points and Jonah Otte added 14 as York (9-0) never trailed.
The Dragons (2-7), who were ranked No. 2 in the preseason, have scored more than 40 points just once in their past six games.
York coach Scott Lamberty said his defense had a lot to do with Friday's power shortage for the Dragons.
“We're starting to understand how to lock down on the defensive end,” Lamberty said. “We're athletic, not very tall, but we can contest shots and rebound.”
York scored the game's first 10 points. Carter Donahue had Gretna's only basket in the game's first 12:51.
But when Jared Samuelson, who led the Dragons with nine points, made a 3 from the right corner, Gretna was trailing only 14-5.
“Our defense is good,” Dragons coach Brad Feeken said. “We just have to find ways to put the ball in the hole.”
A 12-point run on five consecutive possessions by York in the third quarter doomed Gretna. Leighton Thomas started it with a 3, Otte scored the next two baskets and Danielson made a pair of free throws before his three-point play made it 32-10.
York's largest lead was 39-16 to start the fourth quarter. The Dukes scored only four points in the last period, but Gretna never got closer than the final 15-point margin.
“They are a state championship-caliber team, and right now we're not ready for that,” Feeken said.
Gretna also was without starter Jordon Batenhorst, who hurt an ankle earlier this week. He's one of only two seniors on the roster.
Lamberty saw offensive improvement in the Dukes despite the low-scoring game.
“We moved the ball better. Our offense was getting stagnant the last couple games,” he said. “We cut much better, we were better on dribble penetration and we knocked out the open shot.”
York (9-0) .................................................. 10 8 21 4—43
At Gretna (2-7) .......................................... 2 6 8 12—28
Y: Ty Danielson 15, Johan Otte 14, Grant Suddarth 5, JJ Schulz 3, Leighton Thomas 3, Evan Neville 3.
G: Jared Samuelson 9, Trey Moore 6, Emmitt Knight 5, Zach Imig 3, Carter Donahue 2, Michael Johnson 2, Nate Skrdla 1.