Gettysburg tops Cocalico girls 44-39

Friday March 5th: District 3, 5A playoffs:

The Cocalico Eagles were defeated by the Gettysburg Warriors 44-39 tonight.

Cocalico’s Hannah Custer finishes the basketball season with a 16.8 average score per game. That is 7th best in the LL League. And she has 955 career points. She will be on target to break 1,000 points next season.

The Eagles’ Izzy Mack leads the LL League with 40 three pointers.

It was a very successful season for Cocalico who finishes (16-4) overall and was the first place team in Section Three. They advanced to the semifinals in the L-L League playoffs where Lancaster Catholic defeated them
46-29. They also advanced to the District 3, 5A quarter finals.

In this game, each team began to heat up early in the second quarter. First it was Cocalico pulling out to a 10-6 lead, then it was an 8-0 run by the Warriors (18-2), accentuated by a pair of 3-pointers from Camryn Felix, to put them back up by four.

The two teams proceeded to go back and fourth throughout the second quarter, with Teagan Sahm scoring all seven of her points in the frame for the Eagles to put them ahead 20-16 with two minutes to play in the half.

Gettysburg kicked it into high gear from there. First it was Bair completing an old-fashioned 3-point-play to cut it 20-19. She then snagged a steal and layed the ball in to retake the lead for the Warriors, 21-20. A pair of Bair free throws made it 23-20, and when Camryn Felix’s fading 3-point try caught iron and dropped in as the first-half buzzer sounded, Gettysburg had completed a 10-0 run to take a 26-20 lead into the break.

The Eagles’ Izzy Mack hit a trio of shots from beyond the arc as part of a 10-3 run to cut the Gettysburg lead to just 33-30 with 3:44 left in the third quarter.

The Warriors regained their footing a bit down the stretch and a Bortner lay-in provided them with a 37-36 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

The rest of the final frame nearly mirrored the grind-it-out, slow-paced first quarter. Olivia Sensening it a foul shot with four minutes left into the contest to put Cocalico up 39-38 and it maintained that lead until 1:54 to play, when Bair was fouled and hit one of two attempts to tie the game.

Following a defensive stop, Gettysburg regained possession with 1:40 and tried to hold the ball for the final shot. With the Eagles’ defense pushing up and trying to force a shot, however, Bair sensed an opening and drove right into the body of Custer, drawing a blocking foul to send her to the line for one-and-one with 57.4 remaining.

Bair coolly stepped up and hit both, putting the Warriors back on top with 57.4 seconds remaining.

Following a Cocalico timeout, the Eagles swung the ball to Mack who was open on the way, but Bair came up big again, blocking the shot and giving the ball back to Gettysburg with 17.4 to play.

She then hit 1 of 2 from the line to make it 42-39, but the Eagles were still alive and called timeout with 12 seconds to play.

Out of the timeout, Bair all but put the game to rest. The ball was swung to Cocalico’s Naleah Sauder and the Warriors’ star guard was able to get a piece of it, stealing the ball before being fouled yet again. She sunk both of the foul shots that followed and capped the 44-39 victory, sending Gettysburg’s to Tuesday’s semifinals against top-seeded Mechanicsburg.

Final Section three basketball standings in LL League: