In a first-round District Three Class AAA contest at Gettysburg, the Raiders pulled to within 36-33 midway through the fourth quarter only to go scoreless for four minutes down the stretch and lose 46-37. The setback ends Elco's season at 15-10.
"We had looks around the basket that we just didn't finish," Raider head coach Ashli Shay said, "and you can't afford that at this point in the season and expect to win."
Elco took a 20-19 lead to the halftime locker room following a banked-in 3-pointer by Cheyenne Hassler (nine points) with six seconds to go in the half.
However, a fierce defensive effort that forced eight third-quarter turnovers, along with balanced scoring, pushed Gettysburg to a 36-28 advantage going to the final stanza.
The Warriors scored 12 of the first 13 points of the third quarter before Elco sliced the deficit to 33-28 when Hassler drained a triple and converted a layup late in the quarter.
Cami Boehner answered for Gettysburg with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 21 seconds left in the frame.
"We lost sight of number 3 (Boehner) for awhile and that hurt," Shay said. "The third quarter was the difference in the game. Other than that, it was even."
Elco made a push in the fourth quarter as the Raiders kept Gettysburg off the scoreboard for the first 4:34 of the frame, and in the process cut the lead to 36-33.
Boehner broke the Warriors' drought when she split a pair of charity tosses with 3:26 left, then followed with a hoop with 2:46 to go.
A bucket by Ellen Bair, two free throws from Caitlin Wood and Maddie Weikert's hoop put the game away for Gettysburg as the Warriors kept Elco scoreless for just under four minutes down the stretch to put the game away.
Sydnie Parker led the Raiders with 12 points.
Elco claimed a 37-29 advantage on the glass, but 13-of-52 (25 percent) shooting proved to be too much for the Raiders to overcome.
The win gives Gettysburg head coach Casey Thurston 100 for her career and puts the Warriors into the quarterfinals where they will take on fellow Mid-Penn Colonial division foe Big Spring, a 46-28 winner over West Perry, on Saturday at Milton Hershey School at 3 p.m.
"This is a tribute to the players that have been here for the past six years," Thurston said of the milestone. "They've put in a lot of work, day in and day out at practice to get this program where it is."
Gettysburg (19-5) played Big Spring (16-8) three times during the regular season with the Warriors taking the last two meetings, including a Mid-Penn tournament play-in game on Feb. 8. A win would guarantee Gettysburg its fourth trip to the PIAA Class AAA tournament in the past seven years.
A four-year starter and playing in her final home game, Bair delivered 12 points and six assists and was very happy to help her coach reach a milestone.
"I love coach so much, and I'm so proud to be a part of a milestone win for her," Bair said. "She has worked with me so much and pushed me to become the player that I have become. I'm very happy for her."
Boehner once again paced the Warriors with 18 points, the 22nd time this season that the junior has reached double figures. And senior Arianna Camel slapped together an excellent all-around game with eight points, on 4-of-5 shooting, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots.
"Ari started slow, and I took her out after she picked up her first foul," Thurston said. "Just told her to keep playing hard, and when I put her back in the game, she played very well."