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High School Girls' Basketball - Week One Summary
Vikings win the UDA
Tip-Off Tournament;
'Dawgs win Hamburg
Tip-off Tournament

By Janet Smeltz, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Williams Valley's Haley Nestor skies for a shot while defended by UDA's Hollen Bellis. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

Harrisburg Christian 46, Millersburg 20, Dec. 6. The Lady Indians were defeated in the finals game of the Harrisburg Christian School Knights' Tip -Off Tournament December 6.

The Lady Knights took advantage of a sluggish start by Millersburg to take a commanding 19-4 first period lead. Where the Knights struggled the night before with outside shooting, they made up in this game as Liz Gergal connected on three treys to set the tone from the perimeter.

Meanwhile Malanni Tate-DeFreitas was busy inside the paint, leading the Lady Knights with 16 points. Gergal added 12 points and Hunter Chambers chipped in with 10 points.

The Lady Indians experienced frosty rims throughout the game as balls fell short. “It was definitely a learning experience for the girls. Anytime you put yourself in a position to play for a championship, that’s always a plus. What we can learn from it is to step through the nervousness and the things attached to the game and play the game,” said Indian Coach Bill Lahr.

Jenna Hawthorne led Millersburg with nine points.  Hawthorne was nominated to the All-Tournament team, as well.

Millersburg 38, Antietam 32, Dec. 5. The Lady Indians defeated Antietam in the first round of the Harrisburg Christian School Knights’ Tip-Off Tournament December 5.

It was a close contest to the very end as points were often exchanged back and forth with the Lady Indians keeping a slim lead. Midway through the third period, the Antietam Mountaineers were able to take a four-point lead. But the Indians, thanks to a balanced scoring attack led by Jenna Hawthorne, were able to pull ahead despite a furious comeback attempt by the Lady Mountaineers. With 49 seconds remaining Hawthorne sank two pressure insurance free throws to seal a 38-32 victory.

Hawthorne led Millersburg with 12 points. Kelsey Koppenhaver added eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Mariah Armor chipped in with seven points, two assists, three steals and two blocks. Kelsey Burger added six points, six rebounds and four blocks. Emily Shade hauled down eight rebounds.

“I am really proud of the girls. We gave a solid all around effort from beginning to end. I felt we played 32 solid minutes of basketball. We will keep working together to get better as we move forward,” said Indian Coach Bill Lahr.

The Lady Indians played Harrisburg Christian School in the championship round. 

Upper Dauphin 47, Mount Calvary Christian 28, Dec. 6. With one team dropping out of the Upper Dauphin Tip-Off Tournament, the Lady Trojans played two games on December 6, playing Mount Calvary Christian in the morning and defeating them 47-28 to move to the final championship round later that night.

The Trojans turned a close 21-20 halftime lead into a strong second half performance, outscoring Mt. Calvary 16-2 in the third quarter to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Laura Sweger led the Trojans with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Taylor Brown added nine points three assists and three steals. Cameron Koppenhaver chipped in with four points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Hollen Bellis earned six points and three steals. Lexi Weaver had three blocked shots.

Williams Valley 67, Upper Dauphin 46, Dec. 6. Using a tenacious full court pressure defense, the Lady Vikings wore down the Lady Trojans to earn the Upper Dauphin Tip-Off Tournament Championship.

The Lady Trojans struggled with numerous effective traps put on by the Vikings.  As a result the Lady Vikings transition game went into full throttle giving Williams Valley a 19-8 first quarter lead.

The Lady Trojans refused to throw in the towel as Taylor Brown scored eight points, including six free throws in the second period to pull within nine (29-20) at halftime. 

The Vikings continued their suffocating defensive pressure tactics, along with strong rebounding, to extend their lead for good, outscoring the Trojans 21-11 in the third quarter. 

The Trojans committed 22 turnovers for the night compared to 13 for the Vikings.

For the Lady Vikings, Kate Whelski finished the night with a game-high 22 points, along with two steals and a block. Haley Nestor added 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Playmaker Rayanne Hawk contributed with 10 points, seven steals and three assists and Hannah Nestor chipped in with eight points.

For the Lady Trojans, Taylor Brown finished with 18 points. Autumn Walker added eight points. The Lady Trojans also struggled on the glass despite having a height advantage.

“We came out in the second half and picked up the intensity. We talked about a few mistakes we were making defensively, and just to relax and work on the things we are trying to accomplish,” said Viking Coach Brian Unger.

“Kate Whelski (11 points in the second half) got a hot hand in the second half, as well as Haley Nestor who dominated the glass (12 points in the second half). We played better defense, and made Upper Dauphin work harder for their shots. I was very pleased with everyone, the way they played as a team, and their work ethic, and I cannot say enough about the girls that are coming off the bench – Alyssa Schadle, Jenna Daniel, and Caitlyn Pinchorski, all who have been playing very well when called upon. Hannah Nestor and Rayanne Hawk at the guards have been excellent with only three turnovers combined in two games as well as playing great defense. Maura Kreiser has been playing great defense, as well as doing all the little things well both offensively and defensively,” Unger said.

Williams Valley 63, Mount Calvary Christian 16, Dec. 5. The Lady Vikings raced out to a commanding lead and never looked back as three players lit up the scoreboard with double figures.

Rayanne Hawk led the Vikings with 18 points. Haley Nestor and Katie Whelski split 24 points for the victory in the opening round of the Upper Dauphin Tip-Off Tournament, setting up a finals match between the Vikings and the host Lady Trojans. 

Tri-Valley 58, Brandywine Heights 40, Dec. 6. Tri-Valley’s Paige Doyle scorched the nets for four treys and scored a game high 22 points as the ’Dawgs defeated Brandywine Heights in the championship game of the Hamburg Tip-Off Tournament.

Doyle was named the MVP of the tournament for her superb performance.

The Lady ’Dawgs led 32-26 at halftime of this game.  After three quarters, the ’Dawgs led only 42-37 as Brandywine Heights kept this game exciting. But a 16-3 run down the stretch was the game changer for Tri-Valley.

Reagan Newswanger added 15 points. Brianne Pacenta and Madison Scheib each scored eight points for the winning cause. Newswanger was named to the All-Tournament team.

Tri-Valley 37, Annville-Cleona 28, Dec. 5. ’Dawgs Coach Clark Romberger picked up his first victory as head coach of Tri-Valley with a 37-28 victory in the opening round of the Hamburg Tip-Off Tournament.

The ’Dawgs jumped out to a 10-3 lead and led 17-9 at halftime. Both teams played evenly the second half as Tri-Valley maintained their lead to the end.  Reagan Newswanger led the team with nine points.  Brianne Pacenta earned eight points while Paige Doyle and Taylor Header split 14 points.

Selinsgrove 58, Line Mountain 31, Dec. 6. The Lady Eagles opened their season losing to the Lady Seals in this non-league contest.

The Lady Eagles only trailed 13-10 after one period thanks to four points from sophomore Joelle Snyder. But the Seals’ tenacious defense in the second period spelled trouble for the young Eagles who struggled with turnovers and went into halftime with a 36-22 deficit.

The Seals came out of halftime going on a 10-0 scoring assault, taking advantage of youth errors to create scoring opportunities. Three Seals finished in double figures.

For Line Mountain Joelle Snyder led the team with 11 points. Wolfe added eight points.

“We let them drive the middle too much. We gave them too many opportunities to score points and we fouled way too much. They had 17 points just at the foul line,” said Joelle Snyder. “We just need to come together and play together more.”

Camp Hill 77, Halifax 51, Dec. 6. The Lady ’Cats were defeated by the Camp Hill Lady Lions in the Championship game of the Camp Hill Tip-Off Tournament.

The ’Cats kept it close until halftime, trailing 36-29. But Camp Hill had a strong finish, outscoring Halifax 22-10 in the final stanza to seal this victory. 

Morgan Cox led Halifax with 11 points and four assists. Paige Miller added nine points along with seven assists and two steals. Brianna Turner finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Brynn Miller and Julia Hoon split 16 points.

Camp Hill shot 38 percent while Halifax shot 30 percent from the field. Morgan Cox was named to the All-Tournament team.

Halifax 64, Columbia 50, Dec. 5. The Lady ’Cats defeated pesky Columbia in the opening round of the Camp Hill Tip-off tournament.

Morgan Cox scored 11 points in the opening round to give Halifax a 19-13 first period lead. Shannon Buggy added five points in the second period as the Lady ’Cats led 34-26 at halftime. 

A 17-9 third period run led by Brianna Turner's six points widened the gap as Halifax led 51-35. Turner led a scoring assault in the final frame, adding eight more points to seal this victory.

The Lady ’Cats out- rebounded Columbia 48-33 for the night. Turner finished the night with 24 points, 19 rebounds and two blocks. Cox added 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and nine steals.  Kassidy Sorichetti pulled down 11 rebounds along with four assists, one block and seven points. Shannon Buggy added seven points, five assists and two steals.

The win advanced Halifax to the tournament championship round against host Camp Hill.


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