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BY JEFF FALK

LANCASTER – The Elco girls’ basketball team doesn’t measure success by its results against Lancaster Catholic. It never has.

Instead, the Raiders choose to focus on themselves, their own accomplishments, their own standards.

On Monday night at Lancaster Catholic High School, Elco dropped yet another meaningful outcome to the Crusaders, to the tune of 55-40. Lancaster Catholic put the Raiders under its thumb once again, with a crucial 13-0 run that spanned the latter portions of the opening quarter and spilled over into the second.

A Raider victory in their Lancaster-Lebanon Section Four finale would’ve created a tie atop the standings and forced a one-game playoff to determine which team would represent the section in the upcoming league playoffs. But the result was simply more of the same for Elco, which hasn’t beaten the Crusaders in no one knows how long.

The setback dropped Elco to 12-6 overall and 4-2 in Section Four play. Back on January 8th in Myerstown, during the season opener for both clubs, the Crusaders had shaded the Raiders 46-43.

In the latest District Three power rankings, Elco was situated seventh in a AAAA field that takes ten teams for its postseason tournament.

With the triumph, Lancaster Catholic, now 10-2 on the year and 6-0 in Section Four, captured its umpteenth section championship.

“Oh my gosh, who the heck knows?,” said Elco head coach Ashli Shay, when asked for the last time Elco beat Lancaster Catholic. “Maybe when I played, back in the early 2000s. You’d have to ask Coach Meyer (former head coach, Dave) that. They’re (the Crusaders) just good at what they do.

“We’re doing well,” continued Shay. “We’ve positioned ourselves to hopefully make the district playoffs, and maybe host a first-round game. I’ll take that. It’s a tough loss. They just played better than us tonight.”

The highlight of the evening for the Raiders came in the opening minutes.

A couple of Hailey Eckhart baskets and one from Ashley Yoh staked Elco to an early 6-2 lead, and an Eckhart lay-in 3:34 in gave the Raiders an 8-3 margin.

“I thought our start was fine,” said Shay. “But we didn’t play great in the second quarter. Once it got to the point where we were missing shots we normally make, it was tough. They wear you down.”

Lancaster Catholic notched the last five points of the opening period and the first eight of the second quarter to open an 18-9 advantage. Elco went seven minutes without a score of any kind.

But Abbie Sargent’s three-pointer pulled the Raiders to within 22-14 of the Crusaders at the break.

“It was a combination of both,” said Shay. “I thought they played well. It’s easy to shoot well when you’re playing well. They knocked down a lot of shots. The bottom line for us was turnovers. Did we play our best game? Absolutely not. But were they responsible for that? Sure.

“They force you to play a different way than most teams do,” added Shay. “When they can run 15 bodies in and out, and we’re running maybe eight, that’s a big difference. You wear down mentally and that’s hard to handle.”

Eckhart scored 11 Elco points and Yoh tossed in ten. Lancaster Catholic outscored Elco 34-22 on two-point field goals.

The Raiders were guilty of 17 turnovers.

“It’s something to play for,” said Shay. “I’d be lying if I said this doesn’t hurt. You play for this opportunity, and we’re grateful we got the chance. But someone’s got to win and someone’s got to lose.”

Lancaster Catholic’s lead reached 25-14 early in the second half, before Yoh scored inside and Eckhart nailed a three-pointer to draw the Raiders to within six points of the lead. But the Crusaders outscored the Raiders 15-6 over the final 4:40 of the third period to boost their lead to 42-27.

“I don’t want to say unforced errors, but some of those turnovers we could’ve avoided,” said Shay. “We like to play fast. But most teams can’t put that kind of pressure on you. You’ve got to dig in and play defense for 32 minutes, and then you’ve got to worry about playing offense.”

Elco did piece together a late 11-1 burst – thanks to four points from Amanda Smith, a three-pointer from Claudia Huey, a Yoh lay-up and a couple of foul shots by Eckhart – to shave a 49-29 deficit down to 50-40. But it was way too little way too late.

“That game was filled with turnovers, by both teams,” said Shay of the January meeting with the Crusaders in Myerstown. “It was the first game of the season and both teams only had a couple of practices. It’s different when you’re in someone else’s gym. They’re a great team.”

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2021 Elco Girls’ Basketball Results

DateOpponentsOutcomes
1/08
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Elco
46
43

League
1/11
7:30 pm
Pottsville
at Elco
35
48

Nonleague
1/13
7:30 pm
Fleetwood
at Elco
34
52

Nonleague
1/15
7:30 pm
Elco
at Donegal
55
33

League
1/19
7:30 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon
39
26

League
1/23
1:30 pm
Lower Dauphin
at Elco
59
42

Nonleague
1/29
7:30 pm
Susquehanna Township
at Elco
57
47

Nonleague
1/30
1:30 pm
Elco
at Hamburg
45
28

Nonleague
2/03
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco
36
51

League
2/04
7:30 pm
Elco
at Conrad Weiser
46
37

Nonleague
2/05
7:00 pm
Linden Hall
at Elco
34
23

Nonleague
2/09
7:30 pm
Elco
at Wyomissing
44
21

Nonleague
2/10
7:30 pm
Garden Spot
at Elco
34
48

Nonleague
2/12
7:30 pm
Cocalico
at Elco
49
46

Nonleague
2/13
1:30 pm
Donegal
at Elco
31
57

League
2/16
7:00 pm
Elco
at Manheim Central
54
53

Nonleague
2/20
1:00 pm
Elco
at Lampeter-Strasburg
53
42

Nonleague
2/22
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Catholic

League
2/24
7:30 pm
Solanco
at Elco

Nonleague

PIAA District Three

Class AAAA Power Rankings

AAAASchool W L T Rating TWP OWP TWPW OWPW TWPL OWPL
1Delone Catholic15-0-0 0.789465 1.000000 0.532144 15.15 123.75 0.00 108.80
2Eastern York14-1-0 0.767342 0.947368 0.547310 15.30 132.75 0.85 109.80
3Lancaster Catholic9-2-0 0.738061 0.841410 0.611745 9.55 109.90 1.80 69.75
4Berks Catholic15-3-0 0.723805 0.875000 0.539012 17.15 162.00 2.45 138.55
5Big Spring12-2-0 0.713372 0.884354 0.504394 13.00 117.65 1.70 115.60
6Bishop McDevitt (3)13-3-0 0.684311 0.824405 0.513085 13.85 111.75 2.95 106.05
7Eastern Lebanon County12-5-0 0.650549 0.736842 0.545079 13.30 145.10 4.75 121.10
8Wyomissing10-5-0 0.613285 0.675410 0.537354 10.30 126.95 4.95 109.30
9Bermudian Springs10-5-0 0.606708 0.680135 0.516965 10.10 125.70 4.75 117.45
10Schuylkill Valley10-5-0 0.583895 0.690554 0.453535 10.60 134.70 4.75 162.30
11Hanover (3)8-6-0 0.529856 0.586207 0.460983 8.50 118.15 6.00 138.15
12Conrad Weiser7-11-0 0.511690 0.463068 0.571116 8.15 182.70 9.45 137.20
13Susquehanna Township5-6-0 0.489963 0.464115 0.521555 4.85 104.65 5.60 96.00
14Hamburg9-10-0 0.482531 0.478992 0.486856 8.55 156.50 9.30 164.95
15Northern Lebanon6-8-0 0.478857 0.467626 0.492584 6.50 117.90 7.40 121.45
16James Buchanan5-9-0 0.477225 0.399254 0.572524 5.35 126.90 8.05 94.75
17Middletown1-7-0 0.361296 0.131250 0.642463 1.05 104.85 6.95 58.35
18Kennard Dale2-12-0 0.345194 0.144000 0.591097 1.80 157.35 10.70 108.85
19Littlestown2-12-0 0.328214 0.151079 0.544712 2.10 133.40 11.80 111.50
20East Pennsboro2-12-0 0.325029 0.127820 0.566063 1.70 125.10 11.60 95.90
21Boiling Springs0-10-0 0.271202 0.000000 0.602670 0.00 130.90 8.70 86.30
22Octorara0-10-0 0.194818 0.000000 0.432930 0.00 85.85 10.80 112.45

Lancaster-Lebanon League

Section Four Standings


LeagueOverall
WLPCTWLPCTPFPA
Lancaster Catholic601.0001020.833577430
Elco420.6671260.667835710
Northern Lebanon240.333680.429530523
Donegal060.0000120.000341667

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