Quarterfinal action in the L-L League playoffs: The Beavers of Lebanon Catholic, who finished in 3rd place in Section Three beat the Section One winner Manheim Township Streaks 61-59 in a wild game.
If you had left at the half, you might have thought this was going to be a blow out. At one point the Beavers (18-5) led by 16 points.
Led by Alexis Hill with 27 points, the Beavers maintained a fast transition game in the first half. But by the mid-third quarter their fast paced game started to slow down and the Streaks came roaring back with 28 points in the fourth. This after being down 35-19.
The Streaks’ Megan Baldassarre scored 20 points and Olivia Matto scored 17 with 5 three-pointers to outscore Catholic 40-26. The Beavers played with foul trouble, four players had 4 fouls in the last 3 minutes and the Beavers were not knocking down their free throws.
“We got out to a nice lead but trying to sit on a lead isn’t our thing,” Head Coach Hower said.
Township (18-5) almost pulled out the win. They had the chance to tie the game with seconds left or win it with a 3-pointer but they came up short as Kate Bushong’s layup did not fall.
Before the game the Streaks’ Olivia Matto was averaging 16.9 points per game with 39 three pointers. Megan Baldassarre averaged 14.2 points a game. Both players made it to the 1,000-point club this season.
Lebanon Catholic’s Alexis Hill was averaging 21.4 points per game and Taylor Bossert had 43 three pointers. Tonight she had two.
The Beavers are the reigning District Three and PIAA Class 1A champ, and No. 1 seed in the upcoming D3-1A bracket. They advance to Tuesday’s league semifinals opposite Section Two champion Lampeter-Strasburg, at a neutral site and time to be determined.
Manheim Township was the top-seeded team in the District Three Class AAAAAA power rankings.
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