The Falcons busted out of their cage by defeating Conestoga Valley, 48-30, improving to 6-10 overall and 5-6 in Section One in the process.
After trailing 8-3 after the first quarter, Cedar Crest had an explosive 18-point second quarter that gave it a 21-13 lead at the half. The Falcons didn't let off the gas in the second half, outscoring the Buckskins 27-17.
Cedar Crest head coach Jim Donmoyer credited his team's resiliency in the effort.
"I was proud of them," he said. "They hung in there. The first quarter was tough. We only shot 1-for-11. The second quarter is when shots started to fall and we could get into our pressure defense. The defense led to offense, and that's what won the game for us."
Cedar Crest was able to get into its full-court press in the second quarter, which gave the Buckskins (4-13, 1-10 Section Two) fits for the rest of the contest. The Falcons stayed in their pressure defense until about three minutes remained in the game.
Sophomore forward Alex Rich led the Falcons with 15 points, while Emily Wagner chipped in 10 points and Rachel Miller tallied six points.
"She's (Alex) a tough kid," Donmoyer said. "She definitely has a nose for the basketball. She can take most of the girls that are playing her. She can take them outside and get off the dribble to the basket, and if she doesn't do that, she can shoot the ball. She's usually the catalyst, offensively. They all did a great job."
After three games of disappointment, Donmoyer believes this win could be just what his team needed to finish the season strong.
"It was a big win," the coach said. "We needed to get this one. It doesn't get any easier in Section One for us. This week, we had to get it. Absolutely. We're trying to make progress and I'm happy with their development."
The Falcons are excited about their future with a core group of players in Emily and Nicole Wagner, Miller and Rich, who are only sophomores.
"We got a young team and we'll be around the next couple years," Donmoyer said.
Both teams are back in action next Tuesday when the Falcons travel to Manheim Township and Conestoga Valley travels back north to face Lebanon.