Country Day wins first District 3, 1A title

In their first year in the L-L League, Lancaster Country Day defeated Halifax 51-43 in a District 3-1A boys basketball championship game at the Giant Center.

This is the Cougars first District title.

Down by eight points at the half, the Cougars’ Andrew Williams scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.

Bradley Fry scolder 11 points in the first half to keep the Cougars in the game.

The third quarter was Halifax’s nightmare. The Cougars out scored them 14-2.

Junior forward Nathan Blasick did the best he could to keep Halifax in it. He led the Wildcats with 12 points and was a force inside on defense.

With his team up just two points with 1:20 left in the contest, Williams took it on himself to salt the game away. First, he drove left and Euro stepped around a defender to convert a layup. On the next position, he again drove and hit a runner to build the lead to 49-43 and all but end the contest.

“Talking to my assistant, last year they had no care in the world, (they were) just happy to be here,” Shultz said of his team. “This year, they have the weight of this thing on them and they felt it in the first half. But they hung in there.”

“Before the game my dad and I talked and he said ‘this is what you always wanted,’” Williams said of seizing the moment. “It’s my senior year and my last chance to do it. I had to do it. Not even for myself, but for all my teammates. They deserve it.”

Now it’s on to the PIAA state tournament.