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