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High School Girls' Basketball
Upper Dauphin Area 49, Line Mountain 35

Good shot selections propel Trojans
By Janet Smeltz, CONTRIBUTING WRITER



Upper Dauphin Area's Lexi Weaver gets a rebound and the pack back over line Mountain's Noelle Lagerman during a Feb. 2 game. (Sentinel photo by Ron Schmick)

ELIZABETHVILLE • Coming into this Feb. 2 game, Line Mountain was in third place of the Tri-Valley League’s East Division,  while Upper Dauphin Area was in the second spot.

The Trojans took advantage of a great offensive performance in the first period to take a lead they would never relinquish.  UDA defeated Line Mountain 49-35 for the right to visit Susquenita, the top team in the West Division, in one of two TVL semifinal matchups scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. (Thursday, Feb. 11 in the event of a postponement.)

The Lady Eagles were without their leading scorer, junior Joelle Snyder, who was injured in their previous contest with East Juniata.  (Snyder is out for the remainder of the season.)

UDA posted great shooting inn the first period, using a balanced attack from the inside as well as the outside. Line Mountain, on the other hand, had limited shot selections as the Trojan defense didn’t allow many good looks. 

Lexi Weaver started the scoring on the wing.  Kelsey Hoffman repeated a shot from the wing and Jessica Hoffman also contributed a bucket from the wing.  Cameron Koppenhaver jumped in on the action from the baseline and Laura Sweger found two inside jumpers and the Trojans led 18-6.

The second quarter found the Lady Eagles keeping near the Trojans offensive pace. Gabby Yerger hit an offensive put back. Tori Wolfe used two drives and two free throws.

Both teams committed turnovers in the final two minutes of the second frame. The Eagles had chances at the free throw line, but would miss five free throws in eight attempts. Autumn Walker’s offensive putback gave UDA a 29-15 halftime lead.

Turnovers plagued Line Mountain in the third quarter as they were out-scored 10-8 and trailed 39-23.  The Lady Eagles tried to come back, thanks to the efforts of Amber Hackenberg, who nailed three straight shots in the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter to keep the Eagles hopes alive. But the Eagles could not overtake UDA.

“I thought we moved the ball well tonight and had good shot selections.  We look forward to seeing what we can do in the upcoming league playoffs.” said UDA Head Coach Rich Hoffman.

Top performers for the Trojans included Koppenhaver who had a nice game with 12 points, two blocks, two steals and five rebounds; Sweger with 10 points, three blocks, two assists and four rebounds; Kelsey Hoffman with nine points, seven rebounds and three assists; Jess Hoffman with four points, four assists and two blocks; and Autumn Lenker with seven points and five rebounds. 

For Line Mountain, Wolfe had 16 points and Hackenberg had 15 points.

 



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