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HALIFAX • Prior to their game against Line Mountain Feb. 6, it looked like the Halifax Wildcats would make the District 3-AA playoffs – regardless of the outcome – but they were taking nothing for granted.
Playing solid defense, limiting turnovers on offense and finding contributions from several players, Halifax earned a 73-57 win over the Eagles to lock up the playoff spot.
“I really thought we’d be a year away with all the young guys, but a lot of different people have stepped up,” Head Coach Dan Bowman said.
Hunter Hilinski had a big game with 21 points and five rebounds on Senior Night.
“We talked about it with him before the game, about it being Senior Night and a chance for him to make it special,” Coach Bowman said.
Dylan Bartholomew led the Eagles with 17 points and hit a three-pointer early to get things started.
Dan Osenbach got things going early, scoring five points in the first four minutes of the game as the ’Cats kept a slim 8-7 lead. Hilinski and Koby Bowman took charge of the offensin the latter stages of the first quarter. Both scored eight points and hit a pair of treys to help the Wildcats pull away, 21-10, by the end of the first quarter.
Halifax used three-pointers from Hilinski, Bowman and Connor Schadel in the second quarter to spread the lead to 15 points, 35-20.
Stephen Berger hit a pair of buckets at the outset of the third quarter to boost Halifax’s lead to 21 points, 43-22.
The Eagles scrapped and battled to try to get back in the game and eventually scored 10 points to make it 67-57, Halifax, late in the fourth quarter.
Elijah Zablosky scored 14 points, snagged 13 rebounds and swatted four blocked shots to help the Eagle cause. Brady Michael had 10 points, six assists and three steals. Kellan Masser added 10 points.
Halifax 68, Tri-Valley 48, Feb. 7. A total team effort is what Coach Bowman said led to this win. Halifax hit the mark for 53 percent of their shots and shot better than 80 percent from the line.
Four players reached double figures with Bowman’s 16 points in the lead. Hilinski, Osenbach and Schadel each had 14 points. It was a career high for Schadel.
Jaden Buchanen led Tri-Valley with 15 points.
Millersburg 65, Pine Grove 31, Feb. 7. The Indians had a comfortable 29-19 lead at halftime then poured it on in the second half with a 36-12 run.
Christian Wingard led the way with 21 points. Christian Keiter added 14 points and Mark Simpkins another 10. Keiter had seven rebounds and Alex Frederick added seven assists.
Upper Dauphin Area 64, Juniata 46, Feb. 6. Matthew Miller scored 25 points to lead the Trojans to an important road win, locking up the eighth seed in the District 3-AA playoffs and a chance to play on their home court in the first round.
Brendan Nestor scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his fourth straight double-double. Mac Ney had nine points. The win also guaranteed the Trojans a .500+ record for the year and place third or higher in the TVL.
Greenwood 54, Millersburg 35, Feb. 6. Greenwood had this game in control by halftime, leading 34-19 at the break. Wingard led with nine points. Simpkins had four rebounds. Frederick had four assists and Connor Keim added three steals.
UDA 53, Lancaster Country Day 41, Feb. 4. Miller again was the leading scorer with 15 points. Nestor added a huge double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Ney added 10 points.