The Vikings, playing without the injured Emily Brandt and Morgan Phillips, won for the fifth time in six games Thursday night and opened up a two-game lead for second place in Section Three with a key 47-38 triumph over Garden Spot in New Holland. The victory improves Northern Lebanon's overall record to 13-6 while it is now 10-3 in league play, two game better than Elco, which lost to front-running Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday night.
Against Garden Spot, the Vikings ran out to a 13-3 first-quarter lead and held on from there to post the win. The Spartans closed to within 33-27 by the start of the fourth quarter but couldn't complete the comeback.
NL put three players in double figures, a list that included Mariah LiBrandi (14 points), Taylor Smith (12) and Kristen Lessing (11).
Elsewhere Thursday night:
Locked in a 10-10 game, the Dutchmen grabbed a 23-17 halftime lead and were still in front 34-25 by the start of the fourth quarter when they ended the game with a 10-3 run. Elaina Wanamaker netted a game-high 16
The Cedars trailed 33-29 entering the fourth quarter and stayed with Solanco before falling. Shaela Shellehamer paced Lebanon with three 3-pointers and 11 points. Solanco's Gillian Glackin was 11-for-11 from the line and hit for 31 points.
Nikki Wagner hit on three 3-pointers and scored 22 points in the loss.
Cheyenne Hassler topped the Raiders' scoring chart with nine points.
Leading 17-9, Lancaster Catholic put the game away with a 25-11 spurt through the second quarter to build up a 42-20 halftime lead. Holly Marinkov led the Beavers with 15 points, while Abby Shay (14) and Helene Reist (10) also hit for double figures.
Marcia Copenhaver led the Flames with 17 points.