The new year has started off much the same way 2012 ended for the Palmyra boys' basketball team.
The Cougars won their second straight game of 2013 and have now won five in a row after topping unbeaten Susquehanna Township 65-57 on Friday night in Palmyra. With the win, Palmyra improved to 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the Keystone Division.
The Indians were 10-0 overall and 5-0 in league play coming into the game.
The game was tied at 29 entering the second half when the Cougars jumped ahead 45-39 and then held on down the stretch thanks to Adam Newhard, who scored 16 of his game-high 19 points in the final frame. Newhard also hit three of his four 3-pointers in the final quarter.
Trey Baker and Logan Stovall both scored 14 points and Chris Lynn contributed 10 for Palmyra, which won despite putting just five players in the scoring column.
Elsewhere Friday night:
Lebanon Catholic 73, Columbia 57: On Assumption Hill in Lebanon, the Beavers won their third straight behind a pair of 20-point performances from Anthony Pletz and Timmy Orr. Pletz made a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, while Orr added 22 as Catholic improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in Section Four.
The Beavers closed out the game with a 20-6 run, breaking open what was a close game. Catholic led 43-39 at halftime and 53-51 at the start of the final quarter before putting the game away.
Alex Frattaroli added 13 points to the winning cause.
Lancaster Mennonite 59, Annville-Cleona 53: In Annville, the Blazers ran out to a 12-3 first-quarter lead and used that quick start to notch the win. A-C actually outscored Mennonite 21-9 in the second period and held a 24-21 halftime lead, but the Blazers pulled out the win.
Derrick Sanders paced the Dutchmen with 15 points.
Cocalico 52, Lebanon 47: In Denver, the Eagles outscored the Cedars by seven in the fourth quarter to pull out the Section Two victory. The loss dropped Lebanon to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in league play.
It was a 33-31 Lebanon lead entering the fourth quarter before Cocalico outscored the Cedars 21-14 over the final eight minutes. Jorian Ginnetto paced Lebanon with 16 points.
Warwick 55, Cedar Crest 48 (OT): In South Lebanon, the Falcons jumped out to an 11-2 first-quarter lead and were still in front 34-28 entering the final period before being outscored 27-14 the rest of the way in the overtime loss to the Warriors. The loss drops Cedar Crest to 5-6 overall and 2-4 in Section One.
Clay Penchard topped the Falcons' scoring chart with 14 points, while Killian Klopp added 13 and Andrew Eudy contributed nine.
New Covenant 70, Christian School of York 59: In Lebanon, C.J. Kornhaus had his shooting touch Friday night, hitting on five 3-pointers and making 11-of-13 free throws en route to a game-high 30 points, helping the Flames (2-6) notch their second victory of the season.
The game was tight throughout, with New Covenant leading 34-31 at halftime before seeing the Christian School of York charge ahead 51-48 by the start of the fourth quarter. But there, the Flames ended with a 22-8 burst to win going away.
New Covenant's Nate Dawson added 22 points in support of Kornhaus.
Damascus Christian 60, Lebanon Christian 56: In Lebanon, the Panthers suffered their first loss of the season, getting outscored 37-16 in the first half to fall to 4-1. Lebanon Christian trailed 20-6 after eight minutes of play and 50-33 by the start of the final period before rallying to make it close with a game-ending 23-10 run.
Jon Beiler sank five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 26 points in a losing cause for the Panthers.