L-S girls stay focused to defeat Manheim Central 48-37

A seemingly winnable game the night before final exams can turn into a trap for some teams, but this evening against the Manheim Central Barons, the Lady Pioneers played a relaxed 32 minutes, and cruised to a 48-37 victory.
The team warms up before the game

Nevin Hoenninger, Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Three's leading scorer, notched another strong offensive performance, scoring 16 points in the first half alone, and finishing with 25, more than half the team's total.

Hanna Garber struggled shooting from the field, but was consistent at the foul line, where she made eight of ten attempts, and finished with 12 points.

The first quarter featured four lead changes, but L-S pulled away in the second, opening up a nine-point advantage late in the half, and leading 26-17 at intermission.

Manheim Central hung around, persevering through a tough third quarter and cutting the 13-point deficit they faced at the end of that quarter to seven with less than four minutes to play, but from there L-S took care of business, as Hoenninger launched another three-pointer -- she made six of them during the game -- and gave the Pioneers the comfortable lead by which they won.

With the victory, the Lady Pioneers advance to 10-7 overall, and 8-4 in section play, good for sole possession of third place in section three. Entering the evening, they ranked 17th in the District Three AAA power rankings; the top 18 teams make the playoffs, but the top 14 do not have to play "play-in games", according to Ms. Branden Lippy, L-S's athletic director. Ideally, the Lady Pioneers would like to finish their season on a strong note, and avoid a play-in game come the postseason. Their next game is on Thursday against Conestoga Valley, which was rescheduled from Saturday due to impending snow.

--Benjamin Pontz, LSNews.org Editor-In-Chief

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