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IMG_3795BY JEFF FALK

HERSHEY – There is some conjecture as to how they would’ve done it without them. But given its storied past, perhaps the best way to look at it is that as members of the Lebanon Catholic family, they were afforded the opportunity to share in the Beavers’ success.

Sure they’re all different, but that’s what helps them to never get old.

IMG_3735On Friday afternoon at Hershey’s Giant Center, the Lebanon Catholic girls’ basketball team captured its 19th District Three Class A title by overwhelming Halifax 55-27 in the championship game. With newbies Alexis Hill and Jasmine Turner leading the way, the Beavers never trailed, opened a nine-point cushion by halftime, then outscored the Wildcats 33-14 over the second 16 minutes of action.

For juniors like Neesha Pierre, Celine Mars and Hannah Callihan, it was their third straight District Three championship. For Hill and Turner, juniors who transferred to Lebanon Catholic over the summer, it was their first.

Lebanon Catholic is now 19-4 all-time in district title tilts and 74-19 overall in District Three playoff games. No other basketball program in District Three has won as many championships as the Beavers.

The Beavers, who were seeded fourth in this year’s District Three Class A tournament, improved to 20-7 this winter. As the District Three champion, Lebanon Catholic will take on the fourth-place finisher out of District Four, in Saturday, March 10th’s opening round of the PIAA playoffs, at a site close to home and at a time to be determined.

IMG_3721Second-seeded Halifax, which dropped a similar decision to Lebanon Catholic in last year’s District Three Class A championship game, slipped to 23-4 overall.

“They fit in right from the beginning,” said Lebanon Catholic head coach Patti Hower of Hill and Turner. “I think that’s a credit to our players. They welcomed them from the beginning.

“Obviously Alexis is Alexis,” continued Hower. “She can do it all. What Jasmine gave us was that outside threat. She has really fit into that shooting guard role. But I had some good players coming back. It was a nice mix.”

“I knew all the girls before I came to Lebanon Catholic,” said Hill. “The difference was playing with them. After a couple of games we started jelling. I knew them. I just never played with them.

“Coming from Lebanon, my GPA (grade-point average) has been raised a lot,” added Hill. “That was one of the main reasons for going to Lebanon Catholic. I’m happy with the decision now. At first I didn’t want to come. But I’m happy that I’m here.”

IMG_3638With the score tied at two, the Beavers embarked on a 10-2 journey that spilled over into the second quarter and gave them a little breathing room.

It started with a Turner jumper and ended with a stop-and-pop by Pierre. In between, Hill scored a pair of baskets inside and Mars laid in a deuce.

“It is a big number,” said Hower of 19. “It’s been accomplished with a lot of different players. It’s been accomplished with a lot of different teams. Even with my state championship teams, they were fundamentally sound, but they weren’t athletic. This team is very athletic.

“It never gets old. I’m really happy for my players,” Hower added. “A couple of them haven’t been here before. Those juniors, three of them started as freshmen. To get to the district championship, the whole team has to improve. They wanted to win three in-a-row. But it was a team win.”

“I’m still nervous,” said Hill. “I’m glad to be here, but we had to finish. I’m going to want to do this again next year. I think we have a chance.”

IMG_3630Despite being saddled with three fouls, Hill scored on a stick-back to give Lebanon Catholic an 18-7 advantage three minutes into the second period. After she went to the bench, the Wildcats closed to within five points of the Beavers’ lead.

But Callihan nailed a jumper and Mars scored on the inside to send Lebanon Catholic to the locker room with a 22-13 margin.

“That’s what we’ve done all year,” said Hower of her decision to leave Hill on the floor with three fouls. “She’s a smart player. She knows. I think good team defense helped. And that’s where we felt we were better than them, pushing the ball up the floor.

“We had moments where we had turnovers,” continued Hower. “But they (her players) had that intensity, from start to finish, and that creates havoc for the other team. I thought our pressure on the ball affected them (the Wildcats). We’re a much better defensive team than we’ve been in the past.”

“After the second one, I tried to play smart,” said Hill of her fouls. “After the third one, I did play smart. I just know.”

With seven field goals and two-for-three free throwing, Hill poured in a game-high 16 points. Turner knocked down four shots, two of which came from downtown, and connected for ten points.

Lebanon Catholic’s man-to-man defense held the Wildcats to nine two-pointers and zero three-pointers.

“It’s what we do all year,” said Hower. “We work. We work for this all year. The competition we play prepares us for this.

IMG_3592“I thought Neesha played outstanding,” Hower continued. “This is her first year of playing point guard. She’s much more comfortable there. She didn’t say one negative thing about changing positions. She’s really developed as a nice point guard.”

“Everyone was scoring,” said Hill. “Everyone stepped up. In the second half we put the game away. Personally, I was slacking. But the second half was just better for us.”

Lebanon Catholic put the outcome out of reach by holding Halifax without a score for the first five minutes of the second half, and by posting nine answered points. Turner notched five of those points, Pierre scored on a drive and Jayden Shellehamer threw in a jumper, as the Beavers stretched their lead to 31-13.

With their 17-3 jaunt through the third, the Beavers ended the quarter with a 39-16 bulge.

“We never warm up,” said Hower of her club’s post-halftime routine. “The rest time is more important than the shooting time. That’s their (her players’) preference. We did play better in the second half. In the first half it may have been jitters.”

IMG_3619Two charity tosses from Hill gave Lebanon Catholic a 47-20 margin midway through the final period.

“I said to Alexis on the bench that we could come back here at the end of March,” said Hower of the Class A state final scheduled for Giant Center. “I think we’re as good as anyone (in the Class A field). There’s six teams from District Three (in the Class A field). We’re right there.

“I think this team can make a run in states,” added Hower. “We have an inside game and we have shooters.”

“The coaching is way better,” said Hill of her transfer to Lebanon Catholic. “We got farther than we did at Lebanon. We all get along. It’s like a family. I was glad to come to Lebanon Catholic and they made me and Jasmine feel welcome.

IMG_3749“I want to thank my parents,” added Hill. “I thought I was right, but they were right. The coaching staff has helped me and I’ve learned a lot.”

 

 

 

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2016-17 Lebanon Catholic Girls’ Basketball Results

Date Teams Score
12/13
7:00 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Mahanoy Area
29
44
12/14
7:30 pm
Trinity
at Lebanon Catholic
33
56
12/16
7:30 pm
Pequea Valley
at Lebanon Catholic
35
62
12/17
6:00 pm
Christian School of York
at Lebanon Catholic
12
62
12/19
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Lebanon Catholic
42
45
12/21
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Elco
63
46
12/27
1:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
Marian Catholic
39
52
12/29
7:30 pm
Linden Hall
at Lebanon Catholic
39
53
12/30
7:30 pm
Donegal
at Lebanon Catholic
51
43
1/03
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Lancaster Mennonite
60
37
1/06
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Columbia
52
42
1/09
6:00 pm
Lititz Christian
at Lebanon Catholic
22
71
1/10
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Lebanon Catholic
42
41
1/13
6:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lebanon Catholic
26
48
1/17
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Pequea Valley
75
50
1/20
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Northern Lebanon
31
44
1/24
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lebanon Catholic
35
59
1/27
7:30 pm
Lancaster Mennonite
at Lebanon Catholic
43
57
1/31
7:30 pm
Columbia
at Lebanon Catholic
38
57
2/03
8:00 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Lancaster Catholic
39
49
2/06
6:00 pm
High Point Baptist
at Lebanon Catholic
16
71
2/07
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Annville-Cleona
46
27
2/09
6:00 pm
Lebanon Catholic
Cocalico
at Warwick
43
42
2/11
7:00 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Cedar Crest
54
63
2/24
7:00 pm
Christian School of York
at Lebanon Catholic
35
58
2/28
8:00 pm
Lebanon Catholic
Linden Hall
at Lower Dauphin
53
31
3/03
3:15 pm
Lebanon Catholic
Halifax
at Giant Center

 

 

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LEBANON COUNTY DISTRICT THREE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOYS

Annville-Cleona: None.
Cedar Crest: None.
Elco: None.
Lebanon: 1936 (single class), 1940 (A*).
Lebanon Catholic: (All A) 2000, 2005, 2006, 2013
Northern Lebanon: None.
Palmyra: 1949 (B*), 1957 (B*), 1996 (AAA)

GIRLS

Annville-Cleona: None.
Cedar Crest: 1976 (AAA), 1991 (AAAA), 1994 (AAAA), 2003 (AAAA).
Elco: 1997 (AA), 1999 (AAA), 2001 (AAA).
Lebanon: 1980 (AAA).
Lebanon Catholic: (All A) 1980, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
IMG_3522Northern Lebanon: 2017 (AAAA)
Palmyra: 2013 (AAA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Most Prolific Scorers in Lebanon Catholic Girls’ Basketball History
1. Becky Hower (2001) 2,445 points
2. Catherine Andrews (2004) 1,670 points
3. Abby Minder (1995) 1,587 points
4. Lauren Boyer (2005) 1,544 points
5. Joni Brown (1991) 1,417 points
6. Jaime Podjed (2000) 1,346 points
7. Sarah Wade (1995) 1,248 points
8. Ann-Marie Fick (1985) 1,147 points
9. Lauren Fortna (2003) 1,065 points
10. Jenna Uhrich (2000) 1,062 points
Lebanon Catholic Girls’ Basketball: A History of Champions
PIAA Class A Championships

1994-95

1991-92
IMG_3674District Three Class A Championships
2016-17
2015-16
2014-15
2011-12
2008-09
2007-08
2006-07
2003-04
2002-03
2001-02
2000-01
1999-2000
1998-99
1995-96
1994-95
1993-94
1992-93
1991-92
1988-89
1979-80
IMG_3667Lancaster-Lebanon League Championships
1980-81
Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Championships
1994-95
1993-94
1992-93
1991-92
1984-85
1981-82
1980-81

Lebanon Catholic Girls’ Basketball

 SINGLE GAME RECORDS

 

IMG_3782Most points scored in a game by L.C.            –          106  vs. PequeaValley  (2000-2001)

Most points scored in a game by Opp.           –          94  Allentown Central Catholic  (1990-1991)

Fewest points scored in a game by L.C.         –          9  vs.  Columbia  (1985-1986)

Fewest points scored in a game by Opp.        –          11  Pequea Valley  (1982-1983)

Most points in a game                                     –          Becky Hower 45 vs Donegal (2000-2001)

Most foul shots made in a game                     –          Joni Brown  15 for 20  vs. McDevitt  (1990-1991)

Lauren Boyer 15 for 19 vs. Lancaster Catholic (2004- 2005)

Most offensive rebounds in a game                –          Myra Kline  14  (1980-1981)

Most defensive rebounds in a game               –          Lisa Simpson  19  (1985-1986)

Most total rebounds in a game                        –          Hailey Carangelo  22  (2007 – 2010)

IMG_3664Most assists in a game                                     –          Marie Schlegel  15  vs. Columbia  (1994-1995)

Most steals in a game                                      –          Becky Hower 14  vs. Lancaster Christian  (1998-1999)

Most 3 point shots made in a game                –          Becky Hower   7  (1999-2000)

 

Lebanon Catholic Girls’ Basketball

 SINGLE SEASON RECORDS

Offensive Rebounds               –          Myra Kline                  191                  (1980-1981)

Defensive Rebounds               –          Alicia Barlet                240                  (1980-1981)

Total Rebounds                       –          Myra Kline                  402                  (1980-1981)

Steals                                       –          Becky Hower              153                  (1998-1999)

Assists                                     –          Marie Schlegel            221                  (1994-1995)

Field Goals Made                   –          Joni Brown                  292                  (1990-1991)

IMG_3613Free Throws Made                  –          Joni Brown                  125                  (1990-1991)

Total Points                             –          Becky Hower              731                  (1999-2000)

Average                                   –          Joni Brown                  24.6ppg.          (1990-1991)

Free Throw %                         –          Sam Carangelo            89%                 (2005-2006)

Field Goal %                           –          Meghan Orr                 57%                 (2007-2008)

3 Point Shots Made                –          Becky Hower              82                    (2000-2001)

 

Lebanon Catholic Girls’ Basketball

 CAREER RECORDS

Offensive Rebounds               –          Myra Kline                  362

Defensive Rebounds               –          Becky Hower              709

Total Rebounds                       –          Becky Hower              1017

Steals                                       –          Becky Hower              519

Assists                                     –          Marie Schlegel            766

IMG_3747Field Goals Made                   –          Becky Hower              712

Free Throws Made                  –          Abby Minder              343

Becky Hower          –     343

Total Points                             –          Becky Hower              2445

Free Throw %                         –          Sam Carangelo            77%

Field Goal %                           –          Sarah Wade                 50%

Becky Hower              50%

Average                                   –          Becky Hower              20.6

3 Point Shots Made                –          Becky Hower              226

 

IMG_3694Lebanon Catholic Girls’ Basketball

 TEAM RECORD SEASON TOTALS

L.C. highest average points per game             –          66.2     (2000-2001)

Opp. highest average points per game            –          58.0     (2005-2006)

L.C.  lowest average points per game             –          35.0     (2013-2014)

Opp. lowest aveage points per game              –          37.5     (2009-2010)

Offensive Rebounds                                       –          603      (1980-1981)

Defensive Rebounds                                       –          825      (1980-1981)

Total Rebounds                                               –          1428    (1980-1981)

Steals                                                               –          584      (2001-2002)

Assists                                                             –          596      (1980-1981)

Field Goals Made                                           –          780      (1980-1981)

Free Throws Made                                          –          384      (2001-2002)

Total Points                                                     –          2101    (1999-2000)

3 Point Shots Made                                        –          118      (2000-2001)

Free Throw %                                                 –          69%     (1993-1994)

IMG_3796Field Goal %                                                   –          46%     (1990-1991) (2000-2001)

Consecutive Lanc.-Leb. League Section 3 Wins  –  44  1/20/92 to 1/27/95

Consecutive Home Wins        –          46        12/27/90 to 12/7/95

Longest Winning Streak         –          29        2/20/92 to 2/25/93

Most Wins in a Season            –          28-2     (l994-1995)

Fewest Wins in a Season        –          3          (1975-1976)

Most Losses in a Season         –          18        (2013-2014)

Fewest Losses in a Season      –          2          (1992-1993, 1994-1995)

 

Farthest Advancement in PIAA/State Tournament  –

 

Eastern Semi-Finals    (1980-1981, 1984-1985, 1988-1989, 1995-1996, 2000-2001, 2001-2002)

Eastern Finals              (1993-1994, 1999-2000, 2002-2003)

State Champion          (1991-1992, 1994-1995)

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