While the Class of 2015 has been responsible for getting the Cedar Crest girls’ basketball program to this point of its development, it’s the sophomores who have been carrying the Falcons as of late. But when Cedar Crest needed her most, it was a seasoned senior who stepped up her play.
On Saturday afternoon at Manheim Township High School, senior guard Nikki Wagner tallied 15 points to lead the Falcons to a 58-49 triumph over McCaskey and to a Lancaster-Lebanon League championship. Wagner knocked down three key three-pointers, including a couple early, to go with a steadying floor game, flawless ball handling skills and tenacious defense.
It was the culmination of a great week for N. Wagner, one in which Cedar Crest won three straight league playoff games.
On Thursday, during a 47-33 semifinal victory over Cocalico, N. Wagner posted a 14-point performance which also included a trio of treys. Two nights prior, N. Wagner had pumped in three other ‘threes’ and 17 points in the Falcons’ hard-fought 68-62 opening-round win over Lancaster Catholic.
For Cedar Crest, it was its seventh Lancaster-Lebanon League championship, and first since 2010.
– Jeff Falk