Catholic beats Elco in season opener

The Lancaster Catholic Crusaders girls defeated the Elco Raiders 46-43 in the Section 4 battle.

This was the opening game of the 2020-’21 basketball season in the Lancaster Lebanon League.

And it is the first time since 2010 that Elco came within less than 10 points of beating Catholic.

The last time Catholic put a team on a court was last March when the PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinal was canceled because of the coronavirus.

Elco and Catholic combined for 62 turnovers. That’s what happens when you don’t play.

Amanda Smith had 12 points for Elco, which hasn’t beaten Catholic since 2008. Smith’s two free throws with 4:43 to go gave the Raiders a 37-32 lead. But Madelyn Card had a big bucket for Catholic, and Bolesky’s two breakaway layups fueled the Crusaders’ fast finish.

Catholic played a bulk of the second half minus Naomi Zulueta, the team’s leading returning scorer from last season. She went down with a lower right leg injury in the third quarter, and spent the rest of the game on the Crusaders’ bench with an ice pack on her right ankle.