L-L League girls basketball roundup, notes for Jan. 11 games

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L-L LEAGUE GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS, STATS

SECTION 1

Cedar Crest 42, Penn Manor 33 — It wasn’t easy, but the Falcons remained alone atop the section chase after holding off the pesky Comets. Raven Morgan (14 points), Reese Glover (season-high 11 points) and Hannah Woelfling (10 points) paced Cedar Crest, which led 23-17 at the half, and then withstood Penn Manor’s comeback chops. It was the Falcons’ third victory in a row. Morgan Miller and Kate Levato had 9 points apiece for the Comets, who had won three of their last four games.

Manheim Township 39, Hempfield 22 — Another night, another big scoring effort for Katie Bushong. And, more importantly, another victory for the Blue Streaks, who remained alone in second place, right on Cedar Crest’s heels with their fourth victory in a row. Bushong bucketed 19 points, and Township opened up some breathing room with a 14-6 third-quarter burst. Lindsey Durkota had 9 points for the Black Knights, who were within 17-11 at the break, before Township’s game-changing third-quarter run.

SECTION 2

Warwick 36, Conestoga Valley 33 — For the second Friday night in a row, the Warriors pulled off a riveting fourth-quarter rally. Last Friday, Warwick trailed by 10 points with three minutes to go before coming back to stun host Elizabethtown. Against the Buckskins, the Warriors trailed 24-13 at the half and 28-22 heading into the fourth quarter. But Warwick closed the game on a 14-5 clip and rallied past CV. Lailani Batty — who had 18 big points in the come-from-behind win over E-town last week — had 9 points to pace the Warriors. Kenzie Reed popped in a game-high 14 points for the Bucks, who suffered their eighth loss in a row — this one in heartbreaking fashion.

Friday’s other Section 2 clash featured first-place E-town on the road at Lebanon. Not only did the Bears win to remain alone atop the section heap, but senior sniper Marena Lonardi joined the 1,000-point club. Here’s the story, plus video of Lonardi’s milestone bucket …

Elizabethtown's Marena Lonardi reaches 1,000 career points, helps first-place Bears beat Lebanon <p> data-mce-src=</p><p><strong>Solanco 47, Cocalico 34</strong> — In a battle of a pair of hot teams, the Lady Mules went 27-17 to open the game and then held off the Eagles to remain alone in second place, just behind idle Lampeter-Strasburg. <strong>Aleksa Burger</strong> scored 10 points for Solanco, while <strong>Hanah Greenly</strong> (9 points on three 3's) and <strong>Corrie Lescoe</strong> (9 points) paced Cocalico, which had won four of its last five games. Solanco made it six wins in its last seven games, as <strong>Jess Cabrera</strong> chipped in with 8 points, giving her 940 career points.</p><p><strong>Donegal 62, Octorara 12</strong> — <strong>Kiera Baughman</strong> (18 points), <strong>Cheyenne Livelsberger</strong> (16 points) and <strong>Summer Steffy</strong> (13 points) keyed the Indians, who raced out to a 42-6 lead at the break.</p><p><strong>SECTION 4</strong></p><p><strong>Elco 31, Northern Lebanon 19</strong> — The Raiders made it five wins in a row, and Elco remained alone in second place, just behind idle — and undefeated — Lancaster Catholic. <strong>Julia Nelson</strong> led the way with 11 points for the Raiders, who seized control for good with a 19-11 second-half clip. <strong>Zara Zerman</strong> had 14 of the Vikings’ 19 points, as NL saw its 2-game winning streak come to a close.</p><p><strong>NONLEAGUE</strong></p><p><strong>Fleetwood 43, Manheim Central 32</strong> — One night after <a href=knocking off Garden Spot to pick up their first L-L victory this season, the Barons fell behind 22-13 at the half and couldn’t catch the Tigers. Kassidy Michael, who had 18 points against the Spartans on Thursday, remained hot with a season-high 19 points vs. Fleetwood.

Columbia 52, Mt. Calvary Christian 24 — The Crimson Tide opened the game on a 16-0 spree, led 26-6 at the half, and went on to top the Chargers. Janeah Neal netted 22 points and MacKenzie Burke hit three 3’s and scored 17 points for Columbia, which won its second game in a row after a 2-game losing skid.

Lancaster Mennonite 85, Lincoln Learning Academy 26 — The Section 5-leading Blazers bolted to a 52-18 lead at the half, and blew the game wide open with a 27-4 third-quarter run on the way to their sixth win in a row. Mariah Wilson (20 points), Amber High (17 points), Anyzha Gibson (season-high 15 points) and Chloe King (season-high 12 points) led Mennonite’s balanced offensive attack.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

NONLEAGUE

Lebanon Catholic vs. York Catholic (at Lancaster Catholic), 12 p.m.

Lancaster Country Day at Tulpehocken, 1 p.m.

Pequea Valley at Kutztown, 1 p.m.

Warwick at L-S, 1:30 p.m.

Ephrata at Conrad Weiser, 2:30 p.m.

Elco at Lebanon, 2:30 p.m.

Muhlenberg at Garden Spot (in old gym), 3 p.m.

McCaskey at Donegal, 4:30 p.m.

Delone Catholic at Lancaster Catholic, 4:45 p.m.

Penn Manor at Exeter, 7:30 p.m.

* Lancaster Catholic is hosting a 1-day, 4-game showcase event; the Crusaders will go for their 45th win in a row in the nightcap at 4:45 p.m. against D3 power Delone Catholic. Lebanon Catholic gets the event started at high noon vs. York Catholic. We’ll have coverage from all four games on Saturday. Stay tuned.

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