Varner plays bench role well

Juniata grad’s college career ends in York

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Juniata graduate Victoria Varner (11) recently completed her basketball career at York College. Varner had her biggest year for the Spartans as a senior, all coming off the bench.

YORK — Every kid that grows up playing basketball dreams of being the next Allen Iverson, LeBron James or Stephen Curry.

For Juniata High School graduate and York College senior Victoria Varner — who recently wrapped up her collegiate playing career — a different comparison is more apt.

Varner came off the bench for the Spartans this season and her role was to do what she does best and put the ball in the basket.

Much like former Sixer and two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, she needed to come into games and score.

Scoring is no different than at Juniata, where she scored 1,482 points, was a three-time Tri-Valley League all-star and TVL MVP.

Coming off the bench is always different for a player though. She had no time to get warm or take a few shots to get into rhythm.

She did that with excellence, averaging 17.1 points per 40 minutes during her senior season. She made 32.3 percent of her 3-point attempts, which was good enough for 12th in the Capital Athletic Conference.

The best game of her career came Dec. 8 against Lancaster Bible, where she hit 5-of-11 threes for 15 points in 14 minutes in the win.

Both that game and throughout the season, her shooting ability also helped the Spartans to the third most attempts in the conference (574) with the third best percentage (30.7).

The shooting York exhibited was a byproduct of its offense, which centered around senior forward and 1,000-point scorer Katie McGowan. The Spartans played a lot of four-out offense around McGowan, which allowed Varner to get open threes and make them.

She also exhibited the same proficiency from the free throw line that she did at Juniata. She finished the season at 76.9 from the stripe.

The Spartans experienced a nice run at the end of January when they won five of six games, but finished 11-15 on the season, including an ending loss to Salisbury in the league tournament.

Varner finished her career with an outstanding game against Salisbury. She made three of her four field goal attempts, all three of her free throws and scored 10 points in 14 minutes in her final game.

Varner is studying nursing and approaching graduation.

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