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The Elco girls’ basketball team is still tinkering with roles, combinations and rotations. Only when the Raiders get some of that stuff ironed out will they reach their full potential.

Amanda Smith is a key piece to that Elco process, because you can plug her in just about anywhere.

Smith is one of the few remaining left-overs from a Raider squad which enjoyed enormous success during the 2018-19 season. Those experiences put the junior guard in a unique position for linking the past to the future, and to help nurture some of Elco’s emerging contributors.

To this point of the season, Smith leads the Raiders in scoring with an average right around 12.8 points per outing. She is also one of Elco’s top free throw shooters and ball handlers.

Through its first ten games of the winter, Smith and the Raiders have gone 5-5 and shown flashes of promise. With Smith leading the way, Elco appears poised to make runs at the Lancaster-Lebanon League and District Three postseasons.

She is also one of Lebanon County’s top girls’ basketball performers.

  • Jeff Falk

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