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BY ETHAN SWIECH

Photos from Jeff Falk

MYERSTOWN – There was a flip of the script in the second meeting of the Gold Rush boys’-girls’ doubleheader at Elco High School on Friday night.

The Lady Vikings of Northern Lebanon won their third in-a-row and improved their record to 12-1, following a 53-45 victory over the Elco Lady Raiders. It also gave Northern its fifth Section Four win of the season.

We saw seven lead changes in the first quarter, a pattern culminated by Zara Zerman’s jumper that put the Vikings ahead, 13-12. Northern Lebanon extended that advantage to six, but the Raiders rallied to knot the score at 18. Sophomores Kailey Eckhart and Emma Fox each nailed jumpers and junior forward Ashley Yoh hit a pair of free throws to tie it up.

Despite Elco’s effort, Zerman retaliated with seven unanswered points, including the three that increased Northern’s halftime lead to five. The Vikes had the momentum at halftime, but the Raiders came right out of the gate and snatched it away with seven straight points of their own in the third quarter. That run was highlighted by junior guard, Amanda Smith’s go-ahead layup.

“I’d love to say we did something tricky, but we just talked to them about settling down, concentrating and not letting the emotion play the game,” said Northern Lebanon head coach, Ken Battistelli.

Battistelli’s players received the message and although the Vikings trailed for much of the third, they regained control with a 7-0 run. It was a stretch highlighted by sophomore guard, Ashlyn Messinger, whose go-ahead trey put Northern Lebanon ahead for good.

Whenever Elco responded, the Vikings came up with the answers that kept their four-point advantage in tact. Those came on a pair of lay-ups from senior forward, Lindsay McFeaters, and Zerman’s clutch foul shots that iced the contest. The senior guard sank a total of five free throws within the final eight minutes.

This contest had its jumpers and layups, but it also had its scrums, dives and physicality. Neither side surrendered an inch and the players survived the knockdowns and picked themselves up only to hit the floor again. It was the way a Northern Lebanon-Elco grudge match was meant to be played and the coaches couldn’t agree more.

“That’s the kind of game I like,” said Elco head coach, Ashli Shay. “I like physical, I like fast, I like to see basically who’s the toughest and tonight, I thought it was pretty even for most of the night and they just kinda out-toughed us at the very end there a couple times.”

“They’re rough and tough and we pride ourselves on not being intimidated,” stated Battistelli.

Zerman had her fair share of knockdowns, but she shook off the bumps and bruises to log a game-high 27 points. She converted six field goals, but most of her scoring came from the charity stripe, where she hit 12 of her 14 attempts.

“Zeke, as little and frail as she looks, she’s a fighter,” Battistelli said. “I don’t like seeing her go down, but I just have it my head that you’re not keeping that kid down, she’s getting up, she’s just gonna get up and she’s gonna make her foul shots to win the game. That’s how I feel.”

“Zerman’s obviously very difficult to guard because she can do a little bit of everything,” Shay stated. “She has extended her range to the three point line in the last couple of years whereas she used to be more of a “get to the basket” kind of kid.”

Smith made seven field goals before finishing as the Raiders’ leading scorer with 16 points. Meanwhile, Eckhart added eight points, Yoh tallied seven and Fox recorded six.

“I thought we attacked very well on offense,” said Shay. “I thought we got some critical offensive rebounds, I thought we got to the rim more than they probably would’ve liked us to get to the rim.”

With Elco sitting at 6-7 overall, one league contest is in the rear-view mirror, but another one lays ahead. The Lady Raiders will hit the road to take on the Lady Crusaders of Lancaster Catholic, which is scheduled for Friday night @ 7:30.

As for the Vikings, their next league meeting takes place at Octorara on Tuesday night.

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2019-20 Northern Lebanon Girls’ Basketball Results

DateOpponentsOutcomes
12/06
6:45 pm
Ephrata
Northern Lebanon
at Northern Lebanon Tip-Off Tournament
43
48

Nonleague
12/07
7:00 pm
Palmyra
Northern Lebanon
at Northern Lebanon Tip-Off Tournament
29
41

Nonleague
12/10
7:30 pm
West Perry
at Northern Lebanon
19
35

Nonleague
12/13
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Lampeter-Strasburg
38
26

League
12/16
7:30 pm
Cocalico
at Northern Lebanon
31
37

League
12/18
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Garden Spot
48
17

League
12/20
7:30 pm
Solanco
at Northern Lebanon
19
35

League
12/27
6:00 pm
New Oxford
Northern Lebanon
at Lebanon Holiday Tournament
27
45

Nonleague
12/28
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
McCaskey
at Lebanon Holiday Tournament
44
41

Nonleague
1/03
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Northern Lebanon
50
47

League
1/04
2:30 pm
East Pennsboro
Northern Lebanon
at Northern Lebanon Middle School
22
44

Nonleague
1/08
6:30 pm
Middletown
at Northern Lebanon
15
38

Nonleague
1/10
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco
53
45

League
1/14
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Octorara

League
1/17
7:30 pm
Donegal
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/18
2:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Tulpehocken

Nonleague
1/21
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Lancaster Catholic

League
1/23
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Manheim Central

League
1/25
4:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona

Nonleague
1/28
7:30 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/31
7:30 pm
Octorara
at Northern Lebanon

League
2/04
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Donegal

League

2019-20 Elco Girls’ Basketball Results

DateOpponentsOutcomes
12/06
6:00 pm
Susquehanna Township
Elco
at Middletown Tip-Off Tournament
51
38

Nonleague
12/07
6:00 pm
Elco
Boiling Springs
at Middletown Tip-Off Tournament
41
24

Nonleague
12/10
7:30 pm
Elco
at Fleetwood
30
32

Nonleague
12/13
7:30 pm
Elco
at Cocalico
37
32

League
12/16
7:30 pm
Manheim Central
at Elco
46
50

League
12/18
7:30 pm
Elco
at Solanco
28
34

League
12/20
7:30 pm
Lampeter-Strasburg
at Elco
53
58

League
12/23
7:30 pm
York Catholic
at Elco
36
53

Nonleague
12/27
2:00 pm
Blue Mountain
Elco
at Pine Grove Holiday Tournament
45
40

Nonleague
12/28
2:00 pm
Elco
William Allen
at Pine Grove Holiday Tournament
53
64

Nonleague
1/03
7:30 pm
Elco
at Octorara
48
25

League
1/09
7:30 pm
Donegal
at Elco
65
62

League
1/10
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco
53
45

League
1/11
1:30 pm
Lebanon
at Elco

Nonleague
1/17
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Catholic

League
1/21
7:30 pm
Octorara
at Elco

League
1/24
7:30 pm
Elco
at Donegal

League
1/25
4:00 pm
Oley Valley
at Elco

Nonleague
1/28
7:30 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/29
7:30 pm
Elco
at Conrad Weiser

Nonleague
1/31
7:30 pm
Elco
at Garden Spot

League
2/04
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Elco

League

PIAA District Three

Class AAAA Power Rankings

AAAASchool W L T Rating TWP OWP TWPW OWPW TWPL OWPL
1Lancaster Catholic9-1-0 0.782700 0.917391 0.618076 10.6 154.6 1.0 95.5
2Bermudian Springs10-1-0 0.748413 0.912442 0.547932 9.9 139.8 1.0 115.3
3Eastern York10-3-0 0.729394 0.816479 0.622957 10.9 156.3 2.5 94.6
4Northern Lebanon12-1-0 0.716502 0.935154 0.449261 13.7 115.6 1.0 141.7
5Susquehanna Township9-3-0 0.680249 0.788000 0.548553 9.9 128.0 2.7 105.3
6Bishop McDevitt6-3-0 0.674248 0.729282 0.606985 6.6 130.4 2.5 84.4
7Kennard Dale9-4-0 0.672232 0.741697 0.587330 10.1 131.7 3.5 92.5
8Wyomissing7-4-0 0.575623 0.658768 0.474002 7.0 109.9 3.6 121.9
9Fleetwood6-5-0 0.569894 0.599078 0.534223 6.5 126.1 4.4 109.9
10Schuylkill Valley8-5-0 0.560440 0.640927 0.462067 8.3 107.5 4.7 125.2
11Eastern Lebanon County6-6-0 0.547191 0.551724 0.541651 6.4 141.1 5.2 119.4
12Littlestown6-5-0 0.533363 0.535211 0.531104 5.7 136.6 5.0 120.6
13Big Spring5-6-0 0.499383 0.506977 0.490103 5.5 102.8 5.3 106.9
14Boiling Springs4-6-0 0.445267 0.445545 0.444927 4.5 102.4 5.6 127.8
15Hamburg Area4-9-0 0.400134 0.315789 0.503222 3.9 125.0 8.5 123.4
16Middletown Area3-8-0 0.396909 0.280788 0.538835 2.9 127.7 7.3 109.3
17James Buchanan2-6-0 0.390888 0.291139 0.512804 2.3 117.2 5.6 111.3
18Oley Valley4-8-0 0.373718 0.318966 0.440639 3.7 104.9 7.9 133.1
19Octorara Area1-9-0 0.317112 0.112745 0.566894 1.2 128.6 9.1 98.3
20West Perry2-9-0 0.314192 0.175115 0.484174 1.9 110.9 9.0 118.2

Lancaster-Lebanon League

Section Four Standings

LeagueOverall
WLPCTWLPCTPFPA
Lancaster Catholic501.000910.900587479
Northern Lebanon510.8331210.923553384
Elco430.571670.462583560
Donegal340.429670.462636665
Octorara150.1671100.091307680

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