It was going to be an uphill battle for Northern Lebanon's girls' basketball team Tuesday night, the Vikings just didn't know how steep of a climb they'd have to make.

NL, needing a victory in its regular-season finale to clinch a Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff berth, had to travel to first-place and once-beaten Lampeter-Strasburg and came home saddled with a lopsided 61-32 loss. The setback, coupled with Elco's victory against Donegal, puts the Raiders in the league playoffs and keeps the Vikings out.

Against the Pioneers, NL trailed 14-3 after eight minutes of play and 29-14 at halftime and never got untracked

Morgan Hollis sank three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for the Vikings, who at 14-8 overall and 11-5 in Section Three will compete in the Class AAA district playoffs.

Elsewhere Tuesday night:

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  • Annville-Cleona 64, Columbia 38: In Columbia, the Little Dutchmen will take a four-game winning streak into the L-L League postseason after wrapping up their regular season at 14-8 overall and 11-5 in Section Four. A-C will take on Section One champion Manheim Township on Tuesday in Neffsville in the league playoffs.

    Against Columbia, the Dutchmen sprinted out to a 12-5 first-quarter lead and led 22-15 at halftime before putting the game away with a 24-11 run through the third period. Alex Siebecker hit for a game-high 22 points, while Elaina Wanamaker and Kayla Parks both scored 12.

  • Lebanon Catholic 69, Pequea Valley 52: In Lebanon, the Beavers closed out their regular season in convincing fashion, rolling past the Braves thanks to a dominating first half that saw Catholic jump out to leads of 22-11 and 44-25. The win makes the Beavers 12-10 overall and 7-9 in Section Four as the District Three Class A playoffs await Saturday, Feb. 23.

    Tuesday, Holy Marinkov drained four 3-pointers and hit for 16 points, while Abby Shay led the way with 18 points. Helene Reist (11) and Catherine Gross (10) also landed in double figures.

  • Cedar Crest 57, Penn Manor 45: In South Lebanon, the Falcons helped their district playoff chances by getting a win in their finale, but it may not be enough as they sat 23rd in a Class AAAA field that is only taking 20 teams. Crest closed out the regular season 9-13 overall and 8-8 in Section One.

    Against the Comets, the Falcons trailed 38-36 entering the fourth quarter before going on a game-ending 21-7 run that pulled out the win. Alex Rich drained four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, while Emmi Wagner and Nikki Wagner both added 11.

  • Ephrata 42, Lebanon 32: In Ephrata, the Mountaineers won to share the Section Two crown with Cocalico, while Lebanon finished its season 9-13 overall and 6-10 in league play.

    The game was close throughout as Ephrata led 20-15 at halftime 30-25 after three. Lauren Chambers led Lebanon with 13 points.

  • Lebanon Christian 48, Blue Mountain Christian 31: In Lebanon, the Panthers outscored the Defenders 34-21 over the middle two quarters to record the win and run their record to 7-2. Lebanon Christian led just 8-6 after eight minutes of play before pulling away in the second and third periods.

    Emily Olson had the hot hand for the Panthers, netting a game-high 23 points, and Emily Harding contributed 10. Savanah Carns (11 points) and Sierra Fulk (10) both hit double figures for Blue Mountain Christian out of Jonestown.