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 It was the biggest game in Lebanon County basketball this season. It was one of the most memorable performances of her illustrious career.

 Ryelle Shuey has always been the kind of athlete who possesses the ability to rise the ocassion.

 On Wednesday at Lebanon High School, during the semifinals of the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, Shuey hoisted the Elco girls basketball team on her shoulders and carried them to a dramatic 36-34 overtime victory over rival Cedar Crest. Shuey scored both the basket that forced overtime and the one which proved to be decisive.

 Off a nice feed from teammate Katelyn Rueppel, Shuey worked her way inside to tally the basket that tied the game at 30 at the end of regulation and forced overtime. Then with 1:38 left in the overtime period, the Raiders’ senior forward notched the eventual winning bucket, with a similar maneuver.

 The field goals were two of eight scored by Shuey that evening, as she finished with a game-high 17 points. Two days later, Shuey and her Elco mates were defeated 66-42 by Lancaster Catholic in the Lancaster-Lebanon League championship game.

 Shuey has committed to Division One Lehigh to further her academic and soccer careers.

 – Jeff Falk


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