Two years ago, Lebanon girls’ basketball coach Ben Brewer would go up to anyone who would listen and talk about this ‘tough little freshman point guard who’s going to be pretty good.’ For some, it was difficult to see through Brittany Ulrich’s unimpressive appearance and see her potential.
But not only was Brewer prophetic, he was also right. Ulrich has grown up before our very eyes, and so have the Cedars right along with her.
Last week, the Ulrich-led Cedars went 3-0 with wins over Cocalico, Solanco and Hempfield and clinched the Lancaster-Lebanon Section Two championship. The steady Ulrich contributed 36 points in the win, a handful of assists and flawless ball handling.
The wins made Lebanon victorious in 13 of its last 14 tries, and Ulrich has been the biggest reason why. A 5-7 junior point guard, Ulrich has truly evolved into the Cedars’ unquestioned leader, displaying poise in the clutch, a knowledge of Lebanon’s offensive flow and a true feel for her own skills.
Because of Ulrich’s play and the fact that they have earned a Section Two title, the Cedars will play host to two playoff home games over the upcoming weeks. And home is a great place for Ulrich and Lebanon to launch an extended postseason foray.
– Jeff Falk