The Little Dutchmen topped Halifax 49-39 on Thursday night in Annville during the opening round of the Annville-Cleona Holiday Tournament. The win puts A-C into tonight's 7:30 p.m. final against Steel-High, which beat Northern Lebanon 67-46 in the tournament opener Thursday, a game in which Rollers star Tate-DeFreitas scored 39 points.
Against Halifax, A-C jumped out to an 18-8 first-quarter lead and never looked back, improving to 4-3 in the process. The lead was at 39-25 entering the final period before Halifax was able to cut into the deficit.
Alex Siebecker led the way for the Dutchmen with 18 points, while Elaina Wanamaker added 13 points.
In the opener, Steel-High bolted out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead and cruised from there. The Rollers held a 51-37 lead entering the final period and outscored the Vikings 16-9 over the final eight minutes to lock up the victory.
Northern Lebanon (5-3), which made seven 3-pointers in the game, got 10 points apiece from Mariah LiBrandi and Morgan Phillips, who drained a trio of 3-pointers.
Elsewhere Thursday night:
Palmyra's Carly Richardson scored 19 points in the first half and finished with 23 to lead all scorers, while Kaitlyn Carmo and Kristen Smoluk both finished with 10 points.
Still within 29-19 at halftime, Eastern York used a 15-8 third-quarter spurt to put the game out of reach. Rachel Miller paced the Falcon offense with 10 points.
Trailing by 11, the Flames cut it to 18-14 by halftime with a 9-2 run through the second quarter but was then held to just two points in the third and trailed 24-16 entering the fourth quarter. Erin Haggard was 11-for-13 from the line and finished with a team-high 15 points for New Covenant.
Conrad Weiser led 38-37 entering the final quarter when the Falcons took control of the game. Killian Klopp (three 3-pointers) and Andrew Eudy paced the offense by scoring 13 points apiece, while Clay Penchard added 11 and Evan Horn tossed in 10.
Casey Smith and Paxson Hayes were bright spots in defeat for the Little Dutchmen with 12 points apiece. A-C will meet Greater Johnstown, an 82-35 loser to Susquehanna Township, in tonight's 6 p.m. consolation game.
C.J. Kornhaus added 14 points for the Flames, who used a 15-6 third-quarter run to turn a 25-23 halftime lead into a comfortable 40-29 advantage entering the final period. Dawson joins Shane Seibert as the only members of the 1,000-point club at New Covenant.