Still clinging to L-L League playoff hopes, the Lebanon Catholic girls' basketball team took an important step in the right direction Friday night.
Taking on Section Three's Manheim Central in the final crossover game of the season, the Beavers were able to hold on for a 51-48 victory over the Barons in Manheim. The win keeps Catholic on the tail of second-place Annville-Cleona and improves its record to 9-7 overall and 5-6 in Section Four.
The Beavers held a 32-22 halftime lead before seeing Manheim Central claw back to within 40-38 by the start of the fourth quarter. But Catholic held on from there.
Holly Marinkov paced the Beavers with 19 points, while Abby Shay added 16 and Helene Reist contributed 10.
Elsewhere Friday night:
Elco 52, Columbia 25: In Myerstown, the Raiders won for the fifth time in six games and remained in the hunt for an L-L League playoff berth in Section Three with the convincing victory over the Tide. Elco jumped out to a 16-8 first-quarter lead before outscoring Columbia 15-2 in the second to take a 31-10 halftime lead.
The Raiders (10-6 overall, 7-4 L-L) were led by Cheyenne Hassler's 15 points and Victoria Sweatlock's 10.
Palmyra 48, Mechanicsburg 25: In Palmyra, the Cougars ran their record to 15-0 thanks to a quick start that saw the orange and black outscore the Wildcats 18-4. Palmyra was held to just three points in the second quarter, but still led 21-13 at halftime, then put the game away with a 17-6 run through the third.
Carly Richardson drained a pair of 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 18 points, while Kristen Smoluk also hit for double figures with 10.
Hempfield 42, Lebanon 40: In Landisville, The Cedars and Black Knights went back and fourth, but it was host Hempfield that came away with the victory. Lebanon led 15-12 after one but trailed 23-22 at halftime. Hempfield pushed its lead to 32-26 by the start of the final quarter before the Cedars made one final push.
Lebanon (6-10, 4-7 Section Two) got 15 points from Lauren Chambers and 12 more from Shaela Shellehamer in defeat.
Annville-Cleona 62, Donegal 32: In Mount Joy, the Little Dutchmen rolled through the Indians, jumping out to a 16-4 lead after eight minutes of play
Northern Lebanon 56, Pequea Valley 38: In Fredericksburg, the Vikings continued their hot streak, winning for the fourth time in five outings behind a 16-point night from Taylor Smith.
Now 11-5 overall and holding on to second place in Section Three, Northern Lebanon stormed out to a 27-13 halftime lead and never looked back.
Kristen Lessing added 14 points for Ken Battistelli's club and Mariah LiBrandi chipped in with 10 in the Vikes' third straight win.
New Covenant 46, Dayspring Christian 22: Erin Haggard and Marcia Copenhaver tallied 13 points apiece as the Flames rolled to the easy road win.
The victory left New Covenant 7-3 for the season and served as its fifth straight triumph.
Lebanon Christian 56, Red Lion Christian 28: In Red Lion, the Panthers roared to victory behind 23 points from Emily Olsen.
LCA (5-2) opened up a 31-15 halftime lead and cruised home from there.