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Role model. Steadying influence. Leader by example.

Chandelle Keller is those things and many more to the Elco girls’ basketball team. And how she performs her role will not only determine the Raiders’ fate this season, it will also have an influence on the Raiders’ program for years to come.

Keller’s influence on the Raiders was never more apparent than it was on Friday night on Assumption Hill. The senior forward showed the ways, as Elco scored a key 45-42 Lancaster-Lebanon Section Three-Four crossover overtime victory at Lebanon Catholic.

Keller poured in a game-high 14 points and grabbed a handful of rebounds, but perhaps her most important contribution to the triumph was her heady play during crunch time.

Keller notched a critical hoop during a fourth quarter in which Elco completed its rally to force overtime. Then Keller notched the first basket in overtime to put the Raiders ahead to stay.

Credit-UnionDuring a stretch from the fourth quarter and into overtime, Elco tallied 11 unanswered points.

Keller is an athletic senior inside presence in a Raider starting lineup that features two freshmen and a sophomore.

Through Friday night’s road victory, Elco is off to a 2-0 start.

– Jeff Falk

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