Pioneers dodge trap game, defeat Northern Lebanon before Christmas

It had all the makings of a classic "trap game" for the surging Pioneers: they knocked off ELCO earlier in the week to take sole possession of first place of Section Three ... and the only thing standing between them and the idyllic Christmas cheer to accent a much-needed break was Northern Lebanon, who fought Cocalico until late in the fourth quarter earlier in the week, and was gunning for an upset. But the Pioneers would not be trapped.
Isaac Beers passes the ball to a teammate
L-S, donning their home whites against the fluorescent yellow of Northern Lebanon, jumped out to an early lead, and held a 20-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter, and continued their success in the second quarter, leading 38-19 at intermission.

The 10-minute break did little to stem the Pioneers rolling tide of success. They orchestrated a potent offensive attack, the key to which was fluid, unselfish passing that led to open looks and good shots for a bevy of players -- six different Pioneers scored in the third quarter alone, and heading into the final quarter, L-S led 57-27, having spurned momentary comeback attempts from the Vikings, who once managed to cut the deficit to 15 before the Pioneers racked up another lead.

In the fourth quarter, several Pioneers saw action off the bench, including Jordan Boynton, Logan Miller, George Grau, Darren Metz, Jack Banner. They carried on the Pioneers' earlier success, and led the team to a 71-43 victory.

The Pioneers now stand at 9-0, and have a break until the new year.

--Benjamin Pontz, Editor-In-Chief; Photos by Lauren Mast, Sports Reporter

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