Catholic’s streak, season are over

As hard as it is to believe, the Lancaster Catholic Crusaders have lost a game. Their first since the 2017 state playoffs. In doing so, they lose their chance to defend their Class 4A championship.

The Mifflinburg Wildcats snapped Lancaster Catholic’s PIAA record 62-game winning streak with a stunning, 72-20 overtime victory. With the win, Mifflinburg advances to face-off against North Catholic (25-3) in the Class 4A final four.

Kiki Jefferson was clutch, forcing an overtime period with a fourth-quarter, buzzer-beating jump that tied the contest at 61-61. The Crusaders gave all they could, but the the Wildcats ultimately proved to be too much in the overtime period. After the Crusaders drew the contest to 69-99 in the overtime, the Wildcats won possession of a jump ball and sealed the win.

Regan Griffith led the way for the Wildcats with a team-high 20 points, while teammate Riley Griffith added 18 points in the win. Angela Reamer and Libby Whittaker chipped in 15 points and 12 points, respectively.

Kiki Jefferson had herself a night, turning in a game-high 31 points in the loss.

The Wildcats out rebounded the Crusaders 41-24. They simply were not shaken by the Crusaders continued pressure throughout the game.

Kiki Jefferson will move as a student athlete with Division One James Madison University.

Jefferson became the second leading scorer in L-L League history with 2,510 points.

Peyton Jaquis ends her career at Catholic with 103 3-pointers. That’s the second best record in a single season in the L-L League.

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