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 BY JEFF FALK

 SOUTH LEBANON – Instruments: one sharpened scissors; one medium step ladder; one basket, elevated ten feet off a floor; and a whole bunch of wins.

 Instructions: 1. Place step ladder directly underneath basket. 2. Send individual contributors with scissors up ladder in ascending order of grades. 3. Have each player snip one net loop on hoop hook. 4. Repeat until net comes off.

 Yeah, there is a very specific method for cutting down nets. But it’s one that the Cedar Crest girls’ basketball program has learned and mastered.

 One of the secrets to the Falcons’ success is that they’ve been able to pass along the information from one group to the next.

 On Monday night at the ‘Falcon Cage’, Cedar Crest secured another Lancaster-Lebanon Section One championship, with a convincing 55-38 home triumph over Penn Manor. But not only did the victory check off the first goal on the Falcons’ seasonal list, it cemented their standing as the premiere program in the L-L’s big-school division.

 The section championship was Cedar Crest’s third in the last four years, sixth since 2007 and 13th overall. The Falcons are now 16-4 on the year and can complete a perfect 13-0 Section One season with a win at Manheim Township Tuesday night.

 The top defensive team in the circuit and currently rated fifth in the District Three Class AAAAAA power rankings, Cedar Crest will compete as Section One champions in next week’s Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs.

 The outcome dropped Penn Manor to 8-13 overall and 6-7 in the section. Back on January 11th in Millersville, the Falcons had scored a 42-33 road triumph over the Comets.

  “You can start wherever you want,” said Cedar Crest head coach Jim Donmoyer, who hasn’t authored a how-to book about cutting down nets. “But you’ve got to snip every loop. This is like my fifth one. I’m a professional net-cutter downer. They go up in my basement. I store them there for safe-keeping. This is my third section net, and I’ve got two from league titles.”

 The Falcons got the job done mostly in the second half, behind another stellar outing from senior forward Raven Morgan.

 Cedar Crest used a Morgan-inspired 15-2 run to turn a 24-19 third-quarter lead into a rout. Morgan tallied ten points in the decisive 5:25 stretch, while teammate Reese Glover contributed a three-pointer and Kaitlin Kline nailed a jumper, as the Falcons carried a 39-21 advantage into the final eight minutes of play.

 “They’ve been around me long enough,” said Donmoyer of a group that played a supporing role in the Falcons’ last section championship. “We’ve got a comfort level with each other. It’s a hard-working group. The team chemistry is awesome. But we’re going to live or die with our defense.

 “We’ve got our banner back,” continued Donmoyer. “It’s good for this group. They cheer for each other. That’s what it’s all about. I’ll take a team like this over one with talent any day.”

 Morgan nailed a jumper to open the final quarter, and Cedar Crest led extended its lead to 20 points. Later in the fourth, Morgan and Madison Rambler went inside for a couple of deuces to push the Falcons’ bulge to 48-24.

 It was at that point that the step ladder was removed from a storage closet and the scissors was sharpened.

  “The first half had me worried,” said Donmoyer. “But we’re always a second-half team. If we show up defensively, we’re in every game. I always like our chances.

 “I would think we’ve improved defensively,” Donmoyer continued. “You do it better as you do something more. If you give up 30 points a game, you’re going to be alright. It starts with defense.”

  If Section One of the Lancaster-Lebanon League would name an MVP, Morgan would be her. Combining talent and hustle, Morgan poured in a game-high 25 points on 11 two-pointers and three-for-three foul shooting, hauled down 17 rebounds and blocked five shots.

 The Falcons also outscored the Comets 15-3 from ‘downtown’.

 “She’s a four-year, starting varsity player,” said Donmoyer of Morgan. “She’s our most seasoned player, and she’s more focused. She’s a hard-nosed kid. She’s matured a little, and she does what she needs to do.

 “I watch her foot work,” added Donmoyer. “The more noisy you are, the more you’re moving your feet. If she gets the ball on the block and her feet are good, she’s going to the basket. She’s developed, and she’s got a little jump shot. She can play.”

 The Falcons led the entire way, after holding Penn Manor without a basket for the opening 3:16 of the contest. A three-pointer from Morgan Thomson gave Cedar Crest a 7-2 lead, and another Thomson trey three minutes later staked the Falcons to a 15-8 advantage.

 Then after the Comets closed to within 19-17 of the lead in the middle of the second period, Cedar Crest closed out the first half with buckets from Morgan and Hannah Woelfling to take a six-point cushion to the locker room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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
   
2/05
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Manheim Township
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 PIAA District Three
 Class AAAAAA Power Rankings
 
AAAAAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Cumberland Valley 16- 1- 0  0.805828  0.963504  0.613113  19.8  231.5  0.8  146.1
2 Dallastown 17- 2- 0  0.766556  0.923596  0.574620  20.6  241.8  1.7  179.0
3 Cedar Cliff 15- 4- 0  0.733229  0.831325  0.613333  17.3  266.8  3.5  168.2
4 Central Dauphin 14- 6- 0  0.709277  0.794521  0.605092  17.4  241.3  4.5  157.5
5 Cedar Crest 15- 4- 0  0.701628  0.851508  0.518441  18.4  209.5  3.2  194.6
6 Reading 14- 4- 0  0.687932  0.837438  0.505201  17.0  179.7  3.3  176.0
7 Wilson 12- 7- 0  0.684683  0.725926  0.634274  14.7  260.8  5.6  150.4
8 Governor Mifflin 13- 8- 0  0.681031  0.709751  0.645930  15.7  272.6  6.4  149.4
9 Red Lion 12- 9- 0  0.663114  0.663573  0.662553  14.3  298.0  7.3  151.8
10 Manheim Township 14- 6- 0  0.658156  0.782805  0.505806  17.3  206.9  4.8  202.2
11 Harrisburg 10- 8- 0  0.652941  0.666667  0.636165  12.4  232.6  6.2  133.0
12 Central York 9- 12- 0  0.581645  0.518072  0.659345  10.8  300.2  10.0  155.1
13 Central Dauphin East 6- 12- 0  0.560881  0.441176  0.707186  7.5  295.3  9.5  122.3
14 Penn Manor 8- 12- 0  0.546342  0.512821  0.587312  10.0  258.3  9.5  181.5
15 Exeter Township 8- 11- 0  0.534980  0.498567  0.579485  8.7  249.7  8.8  181.2
16 Warwick 7- 12- 0  0.507758  0.468144  0.556176  8.5  219.3  9.6  175.0
17 Ephrata Area 8- 12- 0  0.502341  0.500000  0.505202  9.9  213.7  9.9  209.3
18 HEMPFIELD 6- 15- 0  0.484601  0.387597  0.603162  7.5  261.4  11.9  172.0
19 Carlisle 5- 14- 0  0.451523  0.337461  0.590932  5.5  236.6  10.7  163.8
20 Conestoga Valley 5- 16- 0  0.425243  0.318801  0.555340  5.9  242.9  12.5  194.5
21 Chambersburg Area 2- 15- 0  0.381207  0.164875  0.645613  2.3  265.3  11.7  145.6
22 Lebanon 3- 16- 0  0.370881  0.229358  0.543853  3.8  231.6  12.6  194.3
23 William Penn 1- 20- 0  0.336584  0.067385  0.665605  1.3  292.7  17.3  147.1
24 York Country Day School 4- 9- 0  0.311468  0.235294  0.404569  3.0  94.8  9.8  139.5
25 J P McCaskey 0- 20- 0  0.255329  0.000000  0.567398  0.0  244.4  16.0  186.3
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
 Section One Standings
 
  League Overall
  W L PCT W L PCT PF PA
x-Cedar Crest 12 0 100.00 16 4 80.00 874 611
Manheim Township 10 2 83.33 14 6 70.00 877 751
Penn Manor 6 7 46.15 8 13 38.10 849 985
Hempfield 5 7 41.67 6 15 28.57 674 837
McCaskey 0 12 0.00 0 21 0.00 802 1249
 
x-clinched section championhip.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cedar Crest Girls’ Basketball
 All-Time Leading Scorers
 
 1. Carla Munnion (1994)  2256 points.
 2. Alyse Hoover (2004)  2088 points
 3. Jen Nelson (1991)  1767 points
 4. Aubrie Dellinger (2004) 1563 points
 5. Meghan Phillips (2010) 1457 points
 6. Alyssa Austin (2017)  1421 points
 7. Ashley Moyer (2006)  1375 points
 8. Ariel Jones (2017) 1265 points
 9. Valerie Warner (1981) 1192 points
 10. Allison Smith (2007) 1137 points
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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