It’s a new spin on the old Catch-22 conundrum for Ariel Jones.
She wants to play a whole game. But she plays so well over the first three quarters that she often spends the fourth watching from the bench.
This week was another big one for Jones and the Cedar Crest girls’ basketball team, as the Falcons went 3-0 and the junior guard poured in a total of 50 points. All in about nine quarters of playing time.
Jones’ biggest accomplishment of the week may have come on Thursday when she and the Falcons shaded rival Lebanon High 54-21. Jones tallied 14 points and controlled the flow of play, as Cedar Crest retained bragging rights for at least one more year.
A night earlier in Elizabethtown, Jones went off for a trio of three-pointers and 22 points, as Cedar Crest drubbed the hometown Bears 62-42 in a different Lancaster-Lebanon Section One-Two crossover affair. But her week began on Monday against Garden Spot, when the Falcons posted a convincing 69-33 win behind 14 points from Jones.
With the week, Cedar Crest has now won seven straight contests to push its overall mark to 14-1. The Falcons remained perched atop the Section One standings, thanks in large part to the play of Jones.
– Jeff Falk