Game of the Day
Palmyra boys basketball 65, Susquehanna Township 60
Susquehanna Township has been quite the nemesis for the Palmyra boys basketball team over the years. Not on Friday night.
Isaac Blatt exploded for 34 points as the Cougars pulled off a big 65-60 win on their home floor.
Bennett Von Stetten added 12 points for Palmyra, which improved to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-Penn Keystone Division.
Player of the Day
Ariel Jones, Cedar Crest
She's the most dynamic girls basketball player in Lebanon County. And on Friday night, Ariel Jones reminded anyone that may have forgotten.
The lightning-quick senior point guard poured in a game-high 26 points to help the Falcons open their Section One title defense with a 63-47 drubbing of chief rival McCaskey in Lancaster.
Jones' points came on 10 field goals - two of which were 3-pointers - and 4-for-5 shooting at the free throw line.
Lancaster Catholic 68, Elco 58
In Lancaster, Mason Bossert hit for 15 points and Ryan Eshleman added 13 points but it wasn't enough to keep Elco from falling to 0-4.
Pequea Valley 87, Lebanon Catholic 43
In Kinzers, Catholic yielded 32 points in the first quarter on the way to the blowout loss. Kyle Kauffman was a bright spot in defeat with 22 points.
Harrisburg Christian 67, New Covenant Christian 30
The Flames were dominated in the third quarter, outscored 25-12, then were shut out in a low-scoring fourth quarter. Toby Kornhaus led New Covenant with 12 points.
Lebanon Christian 70, Red Lion Christian Academy 57
Brock Monk led the way with 21 points for the Panthers, who used a 27-point second quarter as the catalyst for the win.
Cedar Crest 63, McCaskey 47
Ariel Jones pumped in 26 points and Alyssa Austin added 18 as Cedar Crest improved to 4-0 in the early going.
Lebanon Catholic 62, Pequea Valley 35
Celine Mars led five scorers in double figures with 13 points as the Beavers rolled over the Braves with ease on Assumption Hill.
Jasmine Turner added 12 points for Patti Hower's club, Neesha Pierre added 11, and Hannah Callihan and Jayden Shellehamer added 10 apiece for Catholic, which took control with an 18-3 run through the second quarter.
Palmyra 49, Susquehanna Township 38
In suburban Harrisburg, the young Cougars ran their record to 4-1 with an 11-point win over the Indians. No other details were available.
Harrisburg Christian 63, New Covenant 34
A rough second quarter did the Flames in, outscored 22-9. They also had a rough time slowing down Harrisburg Christian's Hunter Chambers, who erupted for 37 points. Kylie Murray led New Covenant with 15 points.
Ephrata 41, Lebanon 14
At Lebanon High, the Cedars' early-season struggles continued in a lopsided loss to the Mounts.
Lebanon manged just 4 first half points en route to the defeat.
Lebanon Christian Academy 39, Red Lion Christian School 34
Rachel Beiler dropped in 11 points and Cassie Martin added 10 as the Panthers outscored Red Lion Christian 13-0 in the third quarter on the way to the road win.
Cedar Crest 6, Warwick 3
Christian Hibshman had a hat trick and Owen Faiola added two goals as Crest jumped to a 3-0 lead after the first period and never looked back.
Hershey 3, Palmyra 2
Hershey scored three times in the third period to sneak past the Cougars.
Brendon Daley and Bryson Russell scored for Palmyra.