A look back before new season begins

As the 2019-20 girls basketball season is about to begin, let’s take a look back at the outstanding Lancaster Catholic Crusaders team from last year.

They won the L-L League title. The District 3 Class 4A championship and carried their unbeaten 2017-2018 seasons record all the way to the PIAA quarterfinals with 62 straight wins before losing to Miffenberg 72-70 in OT. Their first lost since the 2017 PIAA playoffs.

Gone now is Kiki Jefferson, who is about to start her freshman season at Division One James Madison University.

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

Here is the report I filed about the Crusaders’ L-L League title last year.


For the second year in a row, the Lancaster Catholic Crusaders have won the L-L League Title. In fact, it’s their third in four years.

They defeated the Elco Raiders 66-42 in front of a packed house at Manheim Township High School.

Senior guard/forward Kiki Jefferson led the Crusaders to their 57th straight win with a 30-point performance. The state record for most wins in a row is 61.
Peyton Jaques poured in 4 three-pointers as well for the Crusaders.

Last year the Crusaders won their section, league, district and PIAA Class 4A titles going 32-0. They’ve completed 2 out of those 4 titles already this year.

This was an all-Section Four final, as the Crusaders won the section with a 24-0 record and Elco came in second going 20-4.

The Crusaders are coached by Larry Detz. In five years he has led the team to a 132-15 record. This is the 14th championship for the Crusaders and that is a league best record.

Elco is coached by Ashli Shay, this was her 9th season. The Raiders have gone 107-101 under her leadership.

Interview with Kiki Jefferson:

Your 2018-19 Lancaster Lebanon League Champions:

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