The District Three Class AAAA play-in game that featured the Cedar Crest and Red Lion girls' basketball teams couldn't have showcased two different squads.

Red Lion, a perennial powerhouse, has size and experience, mixed with youth and a suffocating defense.

Cedar Crest, while lacking in size, showed tenacity and speed from a team that started four sophomores in Friday night's contest.

The three seniors on the Falcon squad, however, were playing in their first district game under head coach Jim Donmoyer.

Though the youthful squad showed hints of greatness, the Falcons could not quell the powerful Lions as Red Lion took a 13-point lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 63-30 victory at Red Lion Area High School.

With the win, the Lions improve to 16-8 on the season and move on to face fourth seeded Central Dauphin - a perennial powerhouse themselves.

"(Red Lion has) got size, they've got experience - they've got a lot of what we don't have right now," Donmoyer said.

Despite the loss, the Cedar Crest program is progressing every season under Donmoyer.

" I think we've exceeded people's expectations," said Donmoyer. "No one expected us to be here. At all. I can guarantee that."

There was one common theme in the contest, however: father-daughter duos.

Oddly enough, one is in its beginning stages, while the other came to a close with the loss.

Red Lion freshman Courtney Dimoff has burst on the scene for the Lions as a starter for Don Dimoff's team and is a threat from behind-the-arc.


Advertisement

Donmoyer's daughter Gabbi is a senior starter on the squad and contributed four points in her final appearance on the court under her father's tutelage.

"He's been my coach for a long time," Gabbi Donmoyer said. "It was one of our team goals this year to make it to districts."

The Falcons, down 20-7 after the first quarter, held the Lions to just six points in the second quarter and managed to go into the intermission down 26-15. But Red Lion's swarming defense and size on the boards was too much for the visitors in the second half as the hosts held a 37-15 advantage during the final two quarters.

"There were stretches where we handled the pressure, and there were stretches where we just fell apart," Jim Donmoyer said.

One of Jim Donmoyer's sophomore starters, Rachel Miller, scored a team-leading 12 points, including two 3-pointers, to pace the visitors.