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IMG_4683BY JEFF FALK

ELIZABETHTOWN – The Cedar Crest girls’ basketball team missed 13 foul shots. The Falcons didn’t need to make them all, they just needed to make one more.

But that wasn’t the only mistake they were guilty of during crunch time.

On Tuesday night at Elizabethtown High School, Cedar Crest collapsed down the stretch and lost to the hometown Bears 52-47 in overtime of a game it absolutely had to have. After Elizabethtown senior Amber Orban tied the game at 45 with two fouls shots with four seconds remaining in regulation, the Bears outscored the Falcons 6-2 in the four-minute extra session.

IMG_4664Protecting a 45-43 edge with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Cedar Crest misfired on two charity tosses and then fouled on the ensuing rebound, sending Orban to the stripe for a one-and-one. The Falcons went six-for-16 at the foul line, after Hannah Woelfling had given them their biggest lead of the game – 39-32 – on a three-point play with 3:08 to go.

Over the final minutes of regulation, Elizabethtown outscored Cedar Crest 13-6.

The loss was especially disheartening for the Falcons in that it cost them a shot at their third straight Lancaster-Lebanon Section One championship. A Cedar Crest win would’ve forced a one-game playoff with Manheim Township for the section crown.

Now, as the third-place team from Section One, Cedar Crest, 14-7 overall and 11-3 in the section, will take on the third-place finisher from Section Two in a play-in game to the L-L playoffs, later in the week. Elizabethtown, which scored a 37-27 victory over the Falcons at ‘The Cage’ back on January 12th, moved to 17-5 on the winter and 11-3 in the circuit.

IMG_4687“With five seconds to go, we’re running a girl, who’s 90 feet from the basket, into the corner,” said Cedar Crest head coach Jim Donmoyer. “It is what it is. It’s tough. But we should’ve responded. They’re (the Bears) the only team who beat us twice.

“We still had to respond to that (in overtime),” continued Donmoyer. “Maybe our kids thought the game should’ve been over. That’s our fault.”

Following a nip-and-tuck first half, Cedar Crest grabbed a 23-19 lead on back-to-back drives from Raven Morgan and Molly Bucher, 4:34 into the third quarter. Then 1:19 before the end of the third period, Falcon Rachel Witherite nailed a trey that put her side up 30-24.

“We had it for 30 minutes,” said Donmoyer. “We were up seven late. At some point, we’ve got to make foul shots. We won the Manheim Township game because of foul shots and we lost this game because of foul shots.

“We played well,” added Donmoyer. “We were right there.”

Elizabethtown connected on 15 of its 24 free throw attempts and outscored the Falcons by six points there. For the season, Cedar Crest is making 59 percent of its foul shots.

Morgan paced the Falcon attack with 15 points, and Woelfling dropped in 14.

“The kids who missed tonight don’t normally miss foul shots,” said Donmoyer. “They were getting a lot better with their foul shots.”

Over the first 19 minutes of action, the score was tied nine different times – six of which came in the first half.

IMG_4729An early three-pointer from Gracen Donmoyer had given the Falcons a modest 5-2 lead.

“We’re probably looking at four more games,” said Donmoyer. “That’s on them, not on me. We do what we do. Tonight we executed for 31 minutes, and fell apart.”

Elizabethtown assumed a 13-11 edge early in the second stanza. But the Falcons held the Bears without a point over the final 4:53 of the first half.

“You’ve got to go,” said Donmoyer. “The next game is the next game. You can cry about this all you want, but you’ve got to get over it. It’s disappointing this game had to end the way it did. I’m hoping we can rebound.”

The Falcons were situated ninth in the latest District Three Class AAAAAA power rankings.

 

 

 

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2017-18 Cedar Crest Girls’ Basketball Results

Date Teams Results
12/08
6:00 pm
East Pennsboro
Cedar Crest
at Cedar Cliff Tournament
34
59
Boxscore
Nonleague
12/09
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
Cedar Cliff
at Cedar Cliff Tournament
42
47
Boxscore
Nonleague
12/12
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Wilson
32
45
Boxscore
Nonleague
12/14
7:30 pm
McCaskey
at Cedar Crest
36
65
Boxscore
League
12/18
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Warwick
49
26
Boxscore
League
12/20
7:30 pm
Conestoga Valley
at Cedar Crest
40
49
Boxscore
League
12/22
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Manheim Township
42
58
Boxscore
League
12/27
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
York Suburban
at York Suburban Tournament
44
51
Boxscore
Nonleague
12/28
6:00 pm
Manheim Central
Cedar Crest
at York Suburban Tournament
32
46
Boxscore
Nonleague
1/05
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Hempfield
49
21
Boxscore
League
1/09
7:30 pm
Penn Manor
at Cedar Crest
35
53
Boxscore
League
1/10
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Lebanon
48
21
Boxscore
Nonleague
1/12
7:30 pm
Elizabethtown
at Cedar Crest
37
27
Boxscore
League
1/18
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at McCaskey
45
41
Boxscore
League
1/19
7:30 pm
Warwick
at Cedar Crest
25
45
Boxscore
League
1/20
7:30 pm
Palmyra
at Cedar Crest
43
34
Boxscore
Nonleague
1/23
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Conestoga Valley
37
28
Boxscore
League
1/26
7:30 pm
Manheim Township
at Cedar Crest
43
46
Boxscore
League
1/30
7:30 pm
Hempfield
at Cedar Crest
29
32
Boxscore
League
2/02
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Penn Manor
56
46
Boxscore
League
2/06
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Elizabethtown
2/07
7:30 pm
Cocalico
at Cedar Crest
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PIAA District Three
 Class AAAAAA Power Rankings
AAAAAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Manheim Township 17- 4- 0  0.744543  0.875260  0.584778  21.1  259.7  3.0  184.4
2 Central York 16- 4- 0  0.736951  0.852018  0.596314  19.0  271.8  3.3  184.0
3 Elizabethtown 16- 5- 0  0.726929  0.830835  0.599933  19.4  267.9  4.0  178.7
4 Central Dauphin 13- 5- 0  0.724875  0.807500  0.623890  16.2  228.3  3.9  137.6
5 Dallastown 15- 6- 0  0.718208  0.786192  0.635117  17.7  289.6  4.8  166.4
6 Governor Mifflin 13- 6- 0  0.700259  0.767554  0.618008  15.9  239.2  4.8  147.9
7 Cedar Cliff 15- 6- 0  0.697096  0.767338  0.611244  17.2  280.5  5.2  178.4
8 Wilson (3) 13- 7- 0  0.691432  0.736239  0.636668  16.1  275.9  5.8  157.5
9 Cedar Crest 14- 6- 0  0.681390  0.780822  0.559861  17.1  250.0  4.8  196.5
10 Penn Manor 13- 8- 0  0.665669  0.722864  0.595764  15.7  267.2  6.0  181.3
11 Central Dauphin East 11- 9- 0  0.650805  0.662621  0.636364  13.7  268.8  7.0  153.6
12 Conestoga Valley 10- 10- 0  0.610010  0.603015  0.618560  12.0  281.0  7.9  173.3
13 Ephrata 10- 11- 0  0.577491  0.565947  0.591600  11.8  270.5  9.1  186.7
14 Cumberland Valley 7- 13- 0  0.558571  0.462162  0.676404  8.6  269.8  10.0  129.1
15 Reading 8- 12- 0  0.556381  0.500000  0.625291  9.6  269.0  9.6  161.2
16 Exeter Township 8- 13- 0  0.526537  0.467192  0.599071  8.9  270.9  10.2  181.3
17 Red Lion 7- 14- 0  0.506241  0.426357  0.603877  8.3  275.7  11.1  180.9
18 Chambersburg 7- 14- 0  0.488686  0.402667  0.593821  7.6  260.5  11.2  178.2
19 J P McCaskey 5- 16- 0  0.457344  0.333333  0.608913  6.2  274.0  12.3  176.0
20 HEMPFIELD 4- 16- 0  0.448455  0.286550  0.646340  4.9  283.0  12.2  154.9
21 Warwick 4- 16- 0  0.445810  0.284024  0.643550  4.8  282.1  12.1  156.3
22 Carlisle 3- 18- 0  0.394601  0.195467  0.637986  3.5  287.7  14.2  163.3
23 York Country Day School 6- 10- 0  0.370609  0.309211  0.445651  4.7  147.8  10.5  183.9
24 William Penn 0- 20- 0  0.282323  0.000000  0.627383  0.0  273.1  16.7  162.2
25 Waynesboro 0- 19- 0  0.238372  0.000000  0.529716  0.0  235.3  16.8  208.9
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 IMG_4643Lancaster-Lebanon League

 Section One Standings

League Overall
  W L PCT W L PCT PF PA
Manheim Township 12 2 85.71 18 4 81.82 1163 843
Elizabethtown 11 3 78.57 17 5 77.27 1049 787
Cedar Crest 11 3 78.57 14 7 66.67 947 790
Penn Manor 8 6 57.14 14 8 63.64 1067 990
Conestoga Valley 6 8 42.86 10 11 47.62 934 850
Hempfield 3 11 21.43 5 17 22.73 670 921
Warwick 3 11 21.43 4 17 19.05 666 947
McCaskey 2 12 14.29 5 16 23.81 820 1119

 

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