Six-and-a-half minute fourth quarter drought notwithstanding, girls basketball beats Pequea Valley

Starting the fourth quarter with a six-and-a-half minute scoring drought usually is not a recipe for success, but for the Lady Pioneers, a few late free throws got the job done to edge the Braves of Pequea Valley 50-46.

Hanna Garber's strong defense was, once again, a key factor
in the Lady Pioneers' narrow victory over Pequea Valley
L-S did not make a single field goal in the fourth quarter, and struggled with shot selection all night, which led to the game being much closer than perhaps it should have been. Particularly in the second quarter, when the Lady Pioneers suffered another long scoring drought, offensive execution was lacking.

However, ultimately it was Nevin Hoenninger, among the leading scorers in the Lancaster-Lebanon League, who got the job done, leading the way with 23 total points, 16 of which came in the first half. Laura Horner and Hanna Garber each added 10, while Emma Gochnauer scored seven to round out the offense.

Horner especially struggled beyond the arc, as did many of her teammates; whether due to shot selection or just an off night shooting, points were hard to come by.

Once again, though, solid defense was key. Hoenninger notched a few blocks, and Garber was a strong interior rebounder. Several players also contributed steals, including senior Rachel Shortes, who played a good portion of the game as well, and created opportunities for teammates even though she did not score herself.

The Lady Pioneers' win caps a solid week wherein the team went 3-0 to advance to 9-7 overall including 7-4 in league play. Presently, they have eked into the District III playoff picture, but will need continued strong play against a tougher slate next week to maintain and solidify that potential playoff standing.

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

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