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Lebanon Catholic girls' basketball 046BY JEFF FALK

HERSHEY – Not sure how many people know this, but the Lebanon Catholic girls’ basketball program has a bag of tricks. Last night the Beavers reached into it, pulled out and dusted off an old 2-2-1 full-court defense.

The idea was to jump start Lebanon Catholic’s game. But what it did was set the tone for the Beavers’ entire state run.

On Saturday evening at Milton Hershey School’s Spartan Center, the reigning Class A champions opened defense of their state title by playing ‘name the score’, during a 65-16 mercy-rule beat-down of  Cowanesque Valley. Utilizing a hustling full-court defense, the Beavers tallied – get this – the first 34 points of the game and didn’t allow the Indians to score until 12:10 of game clock had expired.

Lebanon Catholic girls' basketball 057Lebanon Catholic forced turnover after turnover after turnover, and did not permit Cowanesque Valley to even attempt a shot in opening quarter. The Beavers scored more points in the first period, then the Indians would score the entire game.

With the result, Lebanon Catholic, the champions of District Three, moved to 23-6 and into Wednesday’s second round of the PIAA Class A postseason, against the winner of Sankofa Freedom Academy and Greenwood, at a site and time to be determined. Cowanesque Valley, the fourth-place finisher out of District Four, ended its campaign at 15-10.

“Not much. A little bit. We’ve played it some,” said Lebanon Catholic head coach Patti Hower, when asked how much her squad had played the 2-2-1 this season. “It gets us going. We felt like we needed to do it this game.

“Our goal is to make it to the state final, because we were there last year and won it,” continued Hower. “We don’t want anything less. It’s one game at a time. But I think that they (her players) want to get back there also.”

Lebanon Catholic girls' basketball 028This one wasn’t over before it started, but darn close.

During the Beavers’ devastating 34-0 opening volley, star Alexis Hill netted 14 points, Jasmine Turner pumped in 10 points, Taylor Bossert tallied eight and Celine Mars contributed a bucket. It wasn’t until Lebanon Catholic took off the press and inserted a handful of reserves that Cowanesque Valley scored, with 3:50 left in the first half.

“No, we have’t ever scored the first 34 points of a game,” said Hower. “You have to respect your opponent. Our pressure hurt them. Our athleticism hurt them. Our talent hurt them. I was happy with our intensity, and the fact that we were able to maintain it.

“I guess the reason we haven’t played it (the 2-2-1) more is a little bit because of our depth,” Hower continued. “Our half-court man (-to-man defense) is pretty good. I just don’t like to press for the sake of pressing. That’s probably me. We could’ve pressed more teams more often. Today it served its purpose.

“Perhaps (it’ll be used again in the state playoffs). I don’t know. It depends on the opponent. We may come out in it again.”

On the strength of a Jayden Shellehamer three-pointer, the Beavers led 37-11 at the break.

“Probably when we were up 10-0,” said Hower, when asked when she thought her side had things under control. “I felt comfortable (at the beginning), because we had tape on them (the Indians). I just wanted to come out and play hard and execute.

“It’s a big court,” added Hower. “We ran the court. We hit some shots. You can only simulate some things at practice.”

A total of 15 Beavers played. Hill spearheaded the attack with a total of 18 points, Turner recorded 15 and Bossert registered 14.

Lebanon Catholic girls' basketball 038Lebanon Catholic drained eight three-point field goals. The Beavers held Cowanesque Valley to just five field goals.

“I thought our length hurt them,” said Hower. “Neesha Pierre is a big guard who hurts other teams. Everyone can score and we’re very unselfish. I think we’re talented enough, we just can’t take anyone lightly.”

Lebanon Catholic also held the Indians without a point for the first 3:36 of the second half, during which time it extended its lead to 46-11. During that 9-0 run, the Beavers got six points from Pierre, a Hill put-back and a charity toss from Mars.

Lebanon Catholic girls' basketball 087“It was just positive. Nothing negative,” said Hower. “It was nice to get everyone in. I thought it was a nice effort by all the girls.”

Lebanon Catholic opened the final quarter with two three-pointers from Bossert and a trey by Alaina Kline, as its advantage reached 64-16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017-18 Lebanon Catholic Girls’ Basketball Results

Date Opponents Results
12/11
7:30 pm
Mahanoy Area
at Lebanon Catholic
61
51
12/13
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Trinity
66
69
12/15
7:00 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Pequea Valley
71
53
12/16
6:00 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Christian School of York
62
41
12/18
6:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Lebanon Catholic
57
52
12/20
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lebanon Catholic
53
66
12/22
6:00 pm
High Point Baptist
at Lebanon Catholic
16
77
12/27
6:30 pm
Marian Catholic
at Lebanon Catholic
37
57
12/29
7:30 pm
Mount Calvary
Lebanon Catholic
at Lebanon Catholic Tournament
26
76
12/30
7:30 pm
Linden Hall
Lebanon Catholic
at Lebanon Catholic Tournament
24
56
1/02
7:30 pm
Lancaster Mennonite
at Lebanon Catholic
55
81
1/05
7:30 pm
Columbia
at Lebanon Catholic
43
73
1/09
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Lancaster Catholic
35
53
1/11
6:00 pm
Veritas Academy
at Lebanon Catholic
26
76
1/12
6:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lebanon Catholic
21
53
1/18
6:00 pm
Pequea Valley
at Lebanon Catholic
62
82
1/19
8:00 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Lebanon Catholic
35
43
1/23
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Elco
49
38
1/26
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Lancaster Mennonite
67
40
1/30
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Columbia
66
37
2/02
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Lebanon Catholic
65
52
2/06
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Annville-Cleona
68
30
2/10
6:00 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Manheim Township
61
59
2/13
6:00 pm
Lampeter-Strasburg
Lebanon Catholic
at Warwick
29
38
2/15
7:00 pm
Lancaster Catholic
Lebanon Catholic
at Manheim Township
59
49
2/23
7:00 pm
Greenwood
at Lebanon Catholic
20
58
2/27
6:30 pm
Christian School of York
Lebanon Catholic
at Manheim Township
23
68
3/01
4:00 pm
Linden Hall
Lebanon Catholic
at Giant Center
36
46
3/10
4:30 pm
Conawesque Valley
Lebanon Catholic
at Milton Hershey
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