The Tulpehocken High School girls' basketball team worked hard all season with the goal of making the Berks League playoffs. With a 7-3 record, the Lady Trojans finished in a tie for second place with Brandywine Heights in Division 3. The tiebreaker went Tulpehocken's way and they were in the playoffs.
The bad news was the Trojans' draw in the first round. Tulpehocken had the enormous task of going up against Wilson in the quarterfinals on Feb. 8.
The Bulldogs went through the regular Berks League season undefeated at 10-0 to win the Division 1 championship. This was goin to be a tall order for the Trojans.
The Lady Bulldogs didn't take the Trojans lightly, as they burst out to a 22-2 first quarter lead, then went on to win the game, 52-28.
The Bulldogs pretty much put the game away in the second, outscoring Tulpehocken by 11 points and holding a 37-6 halftime lead. The Lady Trojans could not muster up a second half comeback.
Tulpehocken head coach William Moyer said that Wilson's "athleticism and height' made things very difficult for his team.
"We could not match that,' said Moyer.
Brooke Boyer led the Tulpehocken offense with 13 points in the game. Hannah Zerbe scored six to help the cause.
Despite the loss, the season has still been a good one for the Trojans, and there is still district and state tournaments yet to come. Coach Moyer has been very pleased with the way his team has played so far this year.
"We have had a very successful season,' said Moyer. "We've beaten teams this year that we haven't beaten in the past four years. We still have some basketball to play.
The basketball yet to play will come this Saturday, Feb. 22, when Tulpehocken gets started in the quarterfinal round of the District 3-AA tournament.
The Trojans, seeded fifth in the tournament, will have to play fourth-seeded Delone Catholic at Delone Catholic High School at 2 p.m.
If the Trojans win that game, they will most likely have to go up against top-seeded Hanover in the semifinals on Feb. 26 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
For Moyer, the key to his team's success in the district playoffs will be the ability for his girls to make the easy baskets.
"We've got to finish at the offensive end,' said Moyer. "We need to make the easy baskets to continue to put pressure on the opponent's defense.'
But win or lose, Moyer likes the way his team has played this season.
"Our girls play hard all the time and never give up. We have played very good team defense and have gone to the foul line many more times than our opponents,' said Moyer. "The biggest disappointment is that we just can't win the games we shouldn't win. It would be nice to get one of those.'