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IMG_0318BY JEFF FALK

MYERSTOWN – The year 2018 is very much in its infancy. But is it still early in the season?

For the Elco girls’ basketball, it’s not too late, yet.

On Tuesday night, the Raiders took a step in the right direction and improved to 1-0 in 2018, with a 51-23 lock down of Annville-Cleona. . The Raiders played some stifling man-to-man defense and outscored the Little Dutchmen in each of the four quarter to slowly turn a close game into a route.

IMG_0162To this point of the winter, it’s been an up-and-down campaign for an Elco club which entered the season with higher expectations. The resulted evened Elco’s overall record at 5-5 and its Lancaster-Lebanon Section One mark at 2-2.

For rebuilding Annville-Cleona, the result made it 2-7 on the season and 0-4 in the league.

“I certainly don’t think we’re quite where we’re going,” said Elco head coach Ashli Shay. “But we’re on our way. We played some tough teams. Are we where we want to be? No. But tonight was a step in the right direction. Are we going to get there? Yes. I would never question this group. We’re playing tougher and more physical.

“They’re all in important, especially in the section,” continued Shay. “We need to value every game, every possession. We’re getting close to the halfway point. We need to build off tonight. We need to go up from here.”

IMG_0168“I’m not concerned as much about our record,” said Annville-Cleona rookie head coach Ryan Shannon. “We’ve got new coaches, new players and new roles. We’re just trying to improve, build and get better.”

Following a competitive opening quarter, the Raiders began to assert themselves in the second period.

First it was an 8-0 run fueled by six points by Ryelle Shuey and two free throws from Julia Nelson that gave Elco a 15-8 lead. Then it was an 8-1 burst – courtesy of points from Amanda Smith, Jordan Rosengrant, Shuey and Nelson – that pushed the Raiders advantage to 23-11.

Annville-Cleona’s Harper Sellers had given her side an 8-7 edge with 2:30 left in the first period.

“I thought defensively we played well,” said Shay. “We rebounded well. We played well for 32 minutes. That’s one of our focuses right now. The third quarter, as of late, has been a downer for us.

“Tonight I thought we kept it together,” added Shay. “We stayed aggressive. Overall I thought we were very physical. We’re trying to build from that.”

“We did not play very well,” said Shannon. “We just need to do the little things better. That’s what makes the big things happen. We’re inexperienced and Elco is a veteran team.

“We did the little things in the first quarter,” Shannon added, “We dribbled with our heads up, we saw the floor. You’ve got to keep active.”

Shuey and Nelson combined to evenly split 24 Raider points. Elco outscored the Little Dutchmen 16-1 at the charity stripe.

“Anytime you have an athlete of Ryelle’s caliber, you’ve got to build around her,” said Shay. “We want to play inside-out. In the second half, we did a really nice job of attacking inside.

IMG_0258“We want to play fast,” Shay continued. “We want to get hands on balls. We want to get into passing lanes.”

“It was just getting a little tired,” said Shannon of the second quarter. “These mistakes can be fixed. We can work on them.

“They (the Raiders) rebound,” Shannon added. “They’ve got girls who go to the glass. They hit the boards. They’re definitely a program we want to emulate.”

Elco began to pull away from the Little Dutchmen in the third stanza.

The Raiders held Annville-Cleona score-less for a stretch of 4:30 in the third, and got nine straight points out of the combination of Shuey, Nelson, Rosengrat and Kayla Gerber, to extend its advantage to 34-13. The period ended with Elco ahead 38-18.

“In the third quarter, I thought we set the tone,” said Shay. “We got some really good looks inside. We stayed in attack mode.”

IMG_0207“I think they (his players) fight pretty well,” said Shannon. “I was trying to send the message that we never stop. When you play Annville-Cleona, we’re going to fight to the end. We’re playing a lot of kids.”

Elco closed the issue by opening the final quarter with nine consecutive points, Gerber turned a steal into a lay-up, Shuey scored on an inside move, Nelson got to the rack on a drive and Cassie Johnson converted a three-point play, as the Raiders led 47-18, with 2:46 remaining.

“They hustled the entire game,” said Shay of the Little Dutchmen. “They certainly didn’t quit. They hung around the whole first half. They’ve got some nice building blocks. They played hard for 32 minutes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2017-18 Annville-Cleona Girls’ Basketball Schedule

Date Teams Results
12/08
4:00 pm
Brandywine Heights
Annville-Cleona
at Hamburg Tournament
27
20
12/09
6:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
Hamburg
at Hamburg Tournament
34
16
12/12
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Tulpehocken
17
24
12/15
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona
44
19
12/18
7:30 pm
Columbia
at Annville-Cleona
26
17
12/20
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Catholic
13
69
12/27
6:30 pm
Schuyllkill Valley
Annville-Cleona
at Annville-Cleona Tournament
44
33
12/28
3:30 pm
Halifax
Annville-Cleona
at Annville-Cleona Tournament
22
33
1/02
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Elco
1/05
7:30 pm
Lancaster Mennonite
at Annville-Cleona
1/09
7:30 pm
Pequea Valley
at Annville-Cleona
1/11
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Middletown
1/12
6:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lebanon Catholic
1/13
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Pine Grove
1/16
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Northern Lebanon
1/19
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Columbia
1/23
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Annville-Cleona
1/26
7:30 pm
Elco
at Annville-Cleona
1/27
6:00 pm
Oley Valley
at Annville-Cleona
1/30
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Mennonite
2/02
7:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Pequea Valley
2/06
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Annville-Cleona
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2017-18 Elco Girls’ Basketball Schedule

Date Teams Results
12/08
6:00 pm
Elco
Conestoga Valley
at Middletown Tournament
41
45
12/12
7:30 pm
Manheim Central
at Elco
29
38
12/13
7:30 pm
Elco
at Fleetwood
34
27
12/15
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Catholic
45
60
12/18
7:30 pm
Lancaster Mennonite
at Elco
42
61
12/20
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lebanon Catholic
53
66
12/22
7:30 pm
Elco
at Wyomissing
33
51
12/27
3:00 pm
Blue Mountain
Elco
at Pine Grove Tournament
43
48
12/28
6:00 pm
Elco
Pine Grove
at Pine Grove Tournament
21
38
1/02
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Elco
1/05
7:00 pm
Elco
at Pequea Valley
1/09
7:30 pm
Elco
at Columbia
1/12
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco
1/16
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Elco
1/17
7:30 pm
Hamburg
at Elco
1/19
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Mennonite
1/23
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Elco
1/26
7:30 pm
Elco
at Annville-Cleona
1/30
7:30 pm
Pequea Valley
at Elco
2/02
7:30 pm
Columbia
at Elco
2/06
7:30 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon
2/08
6:00 pm
Boiling Springs
Elco
at Middletown Tournament

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PIAA District Three

 Class AAA Power Rankings

AAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Trinity 5- 1- 0  0.702169  0.824074  0.553175  4.5  71.0  1.0  57.4
2 Delone Catholic 7- 1- 0  0.693348  0.866279  0.481989  7.5  81.0  1.2  87.0
3 Tulpehocken 5- 2- 0  0.593458  0.692308  0.472643  5.0  81.2  2.2  90.6
4 Pequea Valley 5- 4- 0  0.564118  0.569061  0.558077  5.2  103.3  3.9  81.8
5 Hanover 6- 3- 0  0.558523  0.658683  0.436105  5.5  64.5  2.9  83.4
6 Middletown 4- 4- 0  0.530543  0.532468  0.528191  4.1  85.3  3.6  76.2
7 York Catholic 3- 4- 0  0.517738  0.456000  0.593195  2.9  100.3  3.4  68.8
8 Kutztown 4- 4- 0  0.509925  0.506024  0.514693  4.2  86.7  4.1  81.8
9 Brandywine Heights 3- 5- 0  0.455570  0.409722  0.511606  3.0  82.7  4.3  78.9
10 Oley Valley 2- 4- 0  0.426062  0.357143  0.510296  2.0  79.3  3.6  76.1
11 Susquenita 3- 4- 0  0.419432  0.401460  0.441398  2.8  73.3  4.1  92.7
12 Annville Cleona 2- 6- 0  0.369056  0.227848  0.541644  1.8  98.9  6.1  83.7
13 Biglerville 0- 8- 0  0.236160  0.000000  0.524800  0.0  88.4  8.1  80.0
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 PIAA District Three
 Class AAAA Power Rankings
AAAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Lancaster Catholic 7- 0- 0  0.811771  1.000000  0.581713  7.3  100.2  0.0  72.1
2 Bishop McDevitt 7- 2- 0  0.756234  0.835897  0.658868  8.2  114.1  1.6  59.1
3 Northern Lebanon 8- 1- 0  0.720351  0.901734  0.498660  7.8  93.1  0.9  93.6
4 Wyomissing 8- 1- 0  0.687316  0.897297  0.430673  8.3  68.8  1.0  91.0
5 Kennard Dale 5- 2- 0  0.679530  0.758389  0.583146  5.7  103.8  1.8  74.2
6 Berks Catholic 4- 1- 0  0.671229  0.807339  0.504872  4.4  70.0  1.1  68.6
7 York Suburban 5- 3- 0  0.642439  0.689024  0.585502  5.7  104.6  2.6  74.1
8 Eastern York 4- 3- 0  0.632571  0.625850  0.640785  4.6  112.7  2.8  63.2
9 Susquehanna Township 2- 3- 0  0.553979  0.474227  0.651454  2.3  122.1  2.6  65.3
10 West Perry 5- 3- 0  0.545385  0.616883  0.457999  4.8  74.2  3.0  87.8
11 Schuylkill Valley 5- 3- 0  0.537060  0.606250  0.452495  4.9  66.2  3.2  80.1
12 Bermudian Springs 4- 4- 0  0.509574  0.500000  0.521277  4.0  90.7  4.0  83.3
13 Eastern Lebanon County 4- 5- 0  0.498923  0.470588  0.533553  4.4  97.0  5.0  84.8
14 James Buchanan 3- 5- 0  0.423119  0.453947  0.385440  3.5  59.3  4.2  94.6
15 Littlestown 3- 6- 0  0.404771  0.317919  0.510923  2.8  87.7  5.9  84.0
16 Lancaster Mennonite 2- 7- 0  0.374838  0.198830  0.589959  1.7  108.7  6.9  75.6
17 East Pennsboro 1- 6- 0  0.324235  0.151079  0.535871  1.1  79.6  5.9  68.9
18 Hamburg 1- 7- 0  0.297406  0.114458  0.521008  1.0  77.5  7.4  71.3
19 Boiling Springs 0- 8- 0  0.215889  0.000000  0.479753  0.0  69.9  7.6  75.8

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IMG_0291Lancaster-Lebanon League

 Section Three Standings

League Overall
  W L PCT W L PCT PF PA
Lancaster Catholic 4 0 100.00 8 0 100.00 515 259
Northern Lebanon 4 0 100.00 8 1 88.89 447 315
Lebanon Catholic 3 1 75.00 8 3 72.73 715 492
Columbia 2 2 50.00 5 5 50.00 409 492
Elco 2 2 50.00 5 5 50.00 425 424
Pequea Valley 1 3 25.00 5 4 55.56 555 464
Annville-Cleona 0 4 0.00 2 7 22.22 209 323
Lancaster Mennonite 0 4 0.00 2 8 20.00 435 563

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