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 BY JEFF FALK

 LEBANON – There were definite underdog/favorite overtones. It had drama, intrigue, big plays, atmosphere, rivalry, suspense, defense and strategy.

 It had everything – and more.

 Forget all that ‘instant classic’ horse hockey, this contest will live on in the memories of those who were there for years. But most importantly, it was good for Lebanon County scholastic sports.

 On Wednesday evening at Lebanon High School, in a semifinal contest of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, Elco edged Cedar Crest 36-34 in overtime of one whale of a local girls’ scholastic basketball game. After the teams traded last-second buckets in the fourth quarter, and regulation ended in a 32-all draw, Raider senior star Ryelle Shuey tallied what would prove to be the decisive basket, with 1:38 remaining in the initial, four-minute overtime session. 

 Fellow Elco 12th-grader Julia Nelson had opened the OT period with an inside basket. But Molly Bucher responded for Cedar Crest 23 seconds later with a pair of free throws.

 It was Bucher who had given Cedar Crest a 32-30 edge, with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter, with a hard-nosed driving lay-in. But the Raiders went the length of the court in the remaining time, as sophomore guard Katelyn Rueppel got the ball to Shuey down low, and she beat the buzzer with a tough inside move that forced overtime.

 It was a monumental triumph for an Elco squad that seems to be getting better as the season wears on. Now 20-4 on the year, the Raiders, the runners-up from Section Four, advanced to what is beleived to be just their second Lancaster-Lebanon League championship game in program history.

 That contest, versus defending L-L League champ and undefeated Lancaster Catholic, will be staged at 7 p.m. on Friday at Manheim Township. Cedar Crest, the Section One champions, who slipped to 17-6 overall, will see its next action in the District Three Class AAAAAA postseaon on Monday at home against Central York.

 “This is at the top,” said Elco head coach Ashli Shay, when asked to put the victory in a historical perspective for girls’ basketball at Elco. “The difference between the experience as a coach and a player is that it’s more rewarding as a coach. To be on this end of it and see how excited they (her players) are makes it even more special.

 “This is great,” continued Shay. “The atmosphere, the turnout, the crowd, how every kid played so hard. It’s great for the county. It was the two best teams in the county going nose-to-nose. I think it’s great that Lebanon County has a team in the league final.”

 “I’ll be the first one to praise them when we play well,” said Cedar Crest head coach Jim Donmoyer of his troops. “And I’ll be first one to tell them when they stink.”

 From the outset, it was apparent that this one would come down to the wire.

 Elco began the final quarter with a 7-1 run, one which consisted of two Amanda Smtih free throws, a Shuey bucket and a Rueppel three-pointer – to take a 29-28 lead. Senior Raven Morgan regained the lead for the Falcons 17 seconds later, but Raider Kailey Eckhart’s charity toss, with 1:47 left in regulation, knotted the score at 30.

 It also set the stage for the frantic ending that ensued.

 “It was crazy, in all the good ways,” said Shay. “It was an exciting game. We dug a hole for oursleves twice. It’s unbelievable that we didn’t pack it in. Cedar Crest is a fantastic team.

 “We felt if we played well, it would be a great game,” Shay added. “We knew they’d (the Falcons) be ready to play. There was a lot riding on this. We didn’t play our best game for 32 minutes, but we played our best when we needed to.”

 “We didn’t execute. They did,” said Donmoyer. “Offensively, we struggled. Our defense was so-so. I’m just not pleased.”

 The Falcons threatened to blow Elco out of the gymnasium in the third quarter.

 Thanks to a couple of inside baskets by Morgan and three-pointers from Reese Glover and Bucher, Cedar Crest opened the second half on a 10-2 run to expand its lead to 25-15. Elco’s answer featured jumpers from Smith and Rueppel, and an old-fashioned three-point play by Shuey that drew it to within 25-22 of the lead.

 “It’s hard to pinpoint,” said Shay of her side’s key to success. “They’re fantastic kids. They come to work everyday and they bust their butts. They work so hard. They’re so supportive of each other, just their chemistry. The success they had in soccer has definitely transitioned into basketball. And the younger kids have stepped up. It’s a collective effort.”

 “I didn’t think they (the Raiders) were going to score all that much,” said Donmoyer. “And I didn’t expect us to score 34 points.”

 Shuey played one of her best games of the year and one of the finest of her illustrious career. Battling Morgan and Hannah Woelfing on the blocks, Shuey struck for a game-high 17 points and hauled down ten caroms.

 Morgan pumped in a dozen Cedar Crest points, a total matched by Bucher.

 Cedar Crest outscored Elco 15-3 from behind the arc, but the Raiders outscored the Falcons 26-16 on two-pointers. Elco converted seven of its ten foul shots.

 “She’s just a winner,” said Shay of Shuey. “She’s made so many plays. Was it her best game? Yeah, it might’ve been. She took command of the game. She proved she belongs in this atmosphere.

 “That (the battle between Shuey and Morgan) was huge,” continued Shay. “We thought it could come down to it inside. Those two really went at it. Raven is a very good player. What a great match-up between two very good kids.”

 “Shuey was it,” said Donmoyer. “We didn’t contain her. We didn’t stop her. Nobody else hurt us. She dominated inside. She was the difference and we didn’t have an answer for her.”

 Early on, the Falcons enjoyed the better of the defensive struggle, thanks in part to the three-ball.

 Cedar Crest held Elco score-less over the contest’s first 4:08, and led 5-0 on a Bucher trey and 10-4 on a Madison Rambler triple.

  “I thought our Saturday game at Solanco was our best game of the year,” said Shay of a 55-38 quarterfinal win over the Mules. “That’s a good sign, when you’re playing your best basketball in the playoffs. Cedar Crest took it to us on the glass. But overall, we’ve been getting better and better every week. These kids have decided to be great.”

 The Falcons’ advantage reached 13-5, on another Rambler three-pointer, 1:30 into the second quarter. But Elco held Cedar Crest without a point over the next 6:28, while receiving four points apiece from Shuey and Smith to tie the score at 13.

 “I told the girls we didn’t deserve to win,” said Donmoyer. “If we play like that on Monday night (during their District Three Class AAAAAA opener), we’ll be one-and-done.”

 

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 2018-19 Elco Girls’ Basketball Results

 
 
Date Opponents Outcomes  
12/07
6:00 pm
Susquehanna Township
Elco
at Middletown Tip-Off Tournament
22
46
 
12/08
7:30 pm
Elco
Middletown
at Middletown Tip-Off Tournament
46
55
 
12/11
7:30 pm
Fleetwood
at Elco
24
34
 
12/14
7:30 pm
Cocalico
at Elco
39
57
 
12/17
7:30 pm
Elco
at Manheim Central
49
33
 
12/19
7:30 pm
Solanco
at Elco
39
40
 
12/21
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lampeter-Strasburg
32
39
 
12/27
4:30 pm
Elco
Pine Grove
at Pine Grove Holiday Tournament
47
30
 
12/28
6:00 pm
Elco
Kennett
at Pine Grove Holiday Tournament
43
36
 
1/04
7:00 pm
Octorara
at Elco
12
75
 
1/08
7:30 pm
Elco
at Donegal
63
59
 
1/11
6:00 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon
31
19
 
1/12
2:30 pm
Elco
at Lebanon
51
28
 
1/15
7:30 pm
Elco
at York Catholic
51
46
 
1/18
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Elco
68
44
 
1/22
7:00 pm
Elco
at Octorara
68
13
 
1/25
7:30 pm
Donegal
at Elco
59
78
 
1/26
6:30 pm
Elco
at Oley Valley
50
27
 
2/01
7:30 pm
Garden Spot
at Elco
38
54
 
2/02
1:00 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon
49
26
 
2/05
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Catholic
31
67
 
2/07
6:00 pm
Elco
Ephrata
at Garden Spot
61
44
 
2/09
7:00 pm
Elco
at Solanco
55
38
 
2/13
7:30 pm
Elco
Cedar Crest
at Lebanon
   
2/22
7:00 pm
Eastern York
at Elco
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2018-19 Cedar Crest Girls’ Basketball Results
 
 
 
Date Opponents Outcomes  
12/07
6:30 pm
Central Dauphin East
Cedar Crest
at Cedar Cliff Tip-Off Tournament
31
57
 
12/08
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
Cedar Cliff
at Cedar Cliff Tip-Off Tournament
28
42
 
12/11
7:30 pm
Wilson
at Cedar Crest
44
53
 
12/12
7:30 pm
Wyomissing
at Cedar Crest
27
37
 
12/14
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Elizabethtown
41
22
 
12/17
7:30 pm
Lebanon
at Cedar Crest
23
52
 
12/19
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Ephrata
42
23
 
12/21
7:30 pm
Warwick
at Cedar Crest
19
39
 
12/22
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Palmyra
26
43
 
12/27
7:30 pm
Dover
Cedar Crest
at Lower Dauphin Holiday Tournament
18
52
 
12/28
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
Lower Dauphin
at Lower Dauphin Holiday Tournament
23
38
 
1/03
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Conestoga Valley
60
29
 
1/08
7:30 pm
Hempfield
at Cedar Crest
26
41
 
1/11
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Penn Manor
42
33
 
1/15
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at McCaskey
46
31
 
1/18
7:30 pm
Manheim Township
at Cedar Crest
34
46
 
1/21
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Red Lion
36
40
 
1/25
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Hempfield
39
24
 
2/01
7:30 pm
McCaskey
at Cedar Crest
26
59
 
2/04
7:30 pm
Penn Manor
at Cedar Crest
38
55
 
2/05
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Manheim Township
33
37
 
2/09
7:00 pm
Lampeter-Strasburg
at Cedar Crest
28
43
 
2/13
7:30 pm
Elco
Cedar Crest
at Lebanon
   
2/18
7:00 pm
Central York
at Cedar Crest
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 PIAA District Three
  Final Class AAAA Power Rankings
 
AAAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Lancaster Catholic 21- 0- 0  0.809768  1.000000  0.577262  23.4  265.1  0.0  194.1
2 Bishop McDevitt 19- 2- 0  0.800883  0.930283  0.642726  21.4  298.5  1.6  165.9
3 Kennard Dale 20- 2- 0  0.751993  0.922131  0.544046  22.5  258.2  1.9  216.4
4 Eastern Lebanon County 17- 4- 0  0.713756  0.834452  0.566239  18.7  260.3  3.7  199.4
5 Eastern York 15- 7- 0  0.681454  0.732906  0.618568  17.2  301.2  6.3  185.7
6 Big Spring 14- 6- 0  0.629746  0.740196  0.494750  15.1  212.1  5.3  216.6
7 Bermudian Springs 15- 7- 0  0.614414  0.679545  0.534809  15.0  248.9  7.1  216.5
8 Susquehanna Township 11- 11- 0  0.603616  0.570455  0.644147  12.6  315.6  9.5  174.4
9 Wyomissing 14- 8- 0  0.587132  0.685990  0.466306  14.2  215.2  6.5  246.3
10 Northern Lebanon 13- 9- 0  0.570943  0.637778  0.489256  14.4  232.3  8.2  242.5
11 Oley Valley 14- 8- 0  0.544282  0.628959  0.440787  13.9  199.5  8.2  253.1
12 West Perry 11- 11- 0  0.511226  0.506637  0.516836  11.5  237.2  11.2  221.7
13 Fleetwood 9- 12- 0  0.511012  0.486420  0.541069  9.9  239.5  10.4  203.1
14 James Buchanan 11- 11- 0  0.490770  0.532895  0.439285  12.2  193.0  10.7  246.4
15 Schuylkill Valley 11- 11- 0  0.490253  0.537209  0.432862  11.6  196.0  10.0  256.8
16 Littlestown 9- 13- 0  0.468523  0.405963  0.544984  8.9  258.1  13.0  215.5
17 Boiling Springs 9- 12- 0  0.468042  0.461358  0.476212  9.9  212.2  11.5  233.4
18 Middletown Area 7- 13- 0  0.453423  0.379227  0.544107  7.9  231.3  12.9  193.8
19 Hamburg Area 8- 14- 0  0.418239  0.386473  0.457063  8.0  212.9  12.7  252.9
20 Octorara Area 0- 21- 0  0.267241  0.000000  0.593869  0.0  249.0  19.9  170.3
 
 PIAA District Three
 Final Class AAAAAA Power Rankings
 
 
AAAAAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Cumberland Valley 18- 2- 0  0.791391  0.936975  0.613456  22.3  254.4  1.5  160.3
2 Dallastown 19- 2- 0  0.774557  0.931034  0.583306  23.0  267.3  1.7  191.0
3 Cedar Cliff 17- 5- 0  0.726756  0.818750  0.614318  19.7  296.9  4.4  186.4
4 Central Dauphin 16- 6- 0  0.724342  0.815574  0.612836  19.9  280.3  4.5  177.1
5 Cedar Crest 16- 5- 0  0.694789  0.832272  0.526755  19.6  233.8  4.0  210.1
6 Governor Mifflin 14- 8- 0  0.687715  0.725322  0.641751  16.9  302.7  6.4  169.0
7 Wilson 13- 8- 0  0.680203  0.715576  0.636969  15.9  287.1  6.3  163.6
8 Harrisburg 12- 8- 0  0.674124  0.706161  0.634968  14.9  266.8  6.2  153.4
9 Reading 15- 5- 0  0.672960  0.817568  0.496218  18.2  203.4  4.1  206.5
10 Manheim Township 15- 6- 0  0.663407  0.794433  0.503265  18.6  223.5  4.8  220.6
11 Red Lion 12- 10- 0  0.655425  0.641256  0.672742  14.3  330.4  8.0  160.7
12 Central York 9- 13- 0  0.571321  0.497685  0.661320  10.8  325.7  10.9  166.8
13 Central Dauphin East 7- 15- 0  0.554345  0.426829  0.710198  8.8  336.4  11.8  137.3
14 Penn Manor 8- 14- 0  0.528322  0.476190  0.592039  10.0  283.4  11.0  195.3
15 Warwick 8- 13- 0  0.518092  0.476190  0.569306  9.5  256.7  10.5  194.2
16 Ephrata Area 9- 13- 0  0.510205  0.509132  0.511516  11.2  238.8  10.8  228.0
17 HEMPFIELD 7- 15- 0  0.503134  0.424757  0.598929  8.8  285.2  11.9  191.0
18 Exeter Township 8- 14- 0  0.499844  0.437186  0.576427  8.7  270.2  11.2  198.6
19 Carlisle 6- 16- 0  0.459384  0.351064  0.591775  6.6  273.4  12.2  188.6
20 Conestoga Valley 6- 16- 0  0.449814  0.362245  0.556843  7.1  266.7  12.5  212.3
21 Lebanon 4- 18- 0  0.376507  0.240642  0.542565  4.5  251.8  14.2  212.3
22 Chambersburg Area 2- 19- 0  0.365930  0.135693  0.647331  2.3  294.1  14.7  160.2
23 William Penn 1- 21- 0  0.334652  0.064433  0.664919  1.3  317.1  18.2  159.8
24 York Country Day School 4- 10- 0  0.301635  0.220588  0.400693  3.0  115.6  10.6  172.9
25 J P McCaskey 0- 22- 0  0.257701  0.000000  0.572669  0.0  270.5  17.5  201.9
26 York County School Of Technology 0- 0- 0  0.000000  0.000000  0.000000  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0
 
 
 Lancaster-Lebanon League
 Final Section Four Standings
 
 
 
  League Overall
  W L PCT W L PCT PF PA
Lancaster Catholic 13 0 100.00 23 0 100.00 1599 868
Elco 10 3 76.92 19 4 82.61 1155 861
Northern Lebanon 7 6 53.85 13 9 59.09 928 764
Donegal 4 9 30.77 10 12 45.45 1209 1162
Octorara 0 13 0.00 0 22 0.00 403 1378
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lancaster-Lebanon League

 Final Section One Standings

 
 
 
  League Overall
  W L PCT W L PCT PF PA
Cedar Crest 12 1 92.31 17 5 77.27 950 676
Manheim Township 11 2 84.62 15 7 68.18 965 867
Penn Manor 6 7 46.15 8 14 36.36 877 1051
Hempfield 6 7 46.15 7 15 31.82 717 874
McCaskey 0 13 0.00 0 22 0.00 839 1292
 
 
 

 

 

 

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