Sophomore sinks two, team celebrates District 3 Class 5A championship. (Teddy Feinberg/GameTimePA.com)
The Northeastern boys' basketball team won its first District 3 title, defeating Mechanicsburg in the Class 5A championship game Friday, March 3, 2017. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
See the top five plays from the Vikings' 46-44 win over the Lady Crusaders in the District 3 Class 4A championship. It's the Vikings' first ever District Championship. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
See thr top five plays from the Beavers' 55-27 win over Halifax in the District 3 Class 1A Championship. Beavers won their 3rd straight district title. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
York Catholic managed to win the District 3 championship against league rival Delone Catholic, and Irish head coach Kevin Bankos crossed off another milestone by winning his 300th career game. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Jordan Ray powered the York Country Day boys' basketball team to its second consecutive District 3 championship Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Hershey's Giant Center. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
See the top five plays from the Cedars' 66-59 loss to the Red Knights in the District 3 Class 6A Third Place Game. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
Find out how Jordan Ray and York Country Day were able to win back-to-back District 3 Class 1A boys basketball championships with Ray's GameTimePA.com Snapchat Takeover. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
The Susquehannock girls' basketball team is headed back to the District 3 championship game after a 48-25 victory against Twin Valley Tuesday. The Warriors play Harrisburg at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hershey's Giant Center. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Bobcats topple Spring Grove, highlighted by Fred Mulbah's highlight-reel dunk. (Teddy Feinberg/GameTimePA.com)
See the top 10 plays from Greencastle's 46-41 win over Palmyra in the District 3 Class 5A Fifth Place Game. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
Check out the best plays from Greencastle-Antrim and Shippensburg's boys basketball team in the District 3 Class 5A consolations. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
Check out the GameTimePA.com Top 5 Plays - playoff edition. Video by Lindsey Smith
Panthers lose in District 3 Class 6A semifinal vs. Cumberland Valley, 41-32. (Teddy Feinberg/GameTimePA.com)
YAIAA Division I foes Northeastern and Spring Grove are scheduled to meet in the District 3 Class 5A semifinal Monday at Hershey's Giant Center. The two programs have split the season series, with each winning at home. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The Susquehannock girls' basketball team is chasing a chance at history, attempting to win the program's first District 3 title. The Warriors appeared in back-to-back district finals in 2013-14, but came up short in both games. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Panthers lose to Eagles 66-45 in District 3 Class 6A quarterfinals. (Patrick Blain/For GameTimePA.com)
The top five plays from the Cedars' 51-50 win over the Panthers in the District 3 Class 6A Quarterfinals. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
On Thursday, Northeastern's Fred Mulbah hosted GameTimePA.com's Snapchat Takeover. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
Spring Grove erased a 7-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Manheim Central, 65-63, in a District 3 Class 5A quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The top 5 plays from the Spartans' 76-71 win over the Cougars in the District 3 Class 5A Quarterfinals Thursday at Palmyra High School. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
The York Catholic boys' fell to Lancaster Mennonite 64-63 in the District 3 Class 3A semifinals. Here's a look at the closing seconds -- and winning basket. (Teddy Feinberg/GameTimePA.com
Check out the best plays from Northeastern's District 3 Class 5A boys basketball victory over Greencastle-Antrim. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
Teammates for the Jersey Shore Warriors, Spring Grove's Eli Brooks and Manheim Central's Taylor Funk met in a District 3 boys' basketball quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
Top 5 plays Greencastle-Antrim vs. West York Matt Bernardini, GameTimePA
No. 5-seeded Carlisle held off No. 12-seeded Dallastown, 80-77, in the District 3 Class 6A boys' basketball tournament Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
The top five plays from Central York's 64-48 win at Cedar Crest in the District 3 Class 6A First Round Tuesday. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
The top 5 plays from the Cougars' 61-53 win over the Eagles in the District 3 Class 5A First Round. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
Check out the best of the best from Greencastle-Antrim's playoff game with Shippensburg on Monday night. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
Check out the top five plays between Waynebsoro and Manheim Central in a District 3 Class 5A boys basketball first-round matchup. Video by Lindsey Smith
Check out Greencastle-Antrim's victory over Shippensburg through the eyes of Bryan Gembe, who hosted a GameTimePA.com's Snapchat Takeover on Monday night. Video by Lizi Arbogast, GameTimePA.com
GameTimePA reporters Teddy Feinberg and Jim Seip discuss potential District 3 basketball title teams from the YAIAA. Jim Seip, GameTimePA.com
GameTimePA.com's Matt Catrillo and Pat Huggins break down the upcoming District 3 boys and girls basketball tournaments for Lebanon County teams. Matt Catrillo/GameTimePA.com
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- Watch: Jordan Ray hosts Dist. 3 champion Snapchat Takeover
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- Watch: Northeastern, Spring Grove meet in District 3 semifinal
- Watch: Susquehannock girls pursue school history
- Watch: Central York falls to Division-I bound Lonnie Walker, Reading
- Watch: CD East/Lebanon top 5 plays
- Watch: The complete Fred Mulbah Takeover
- Watch: Spring Grove's wild comeback sinks Manheim Central
- Watch: Milton Hershey/Palmyra Top 5 plays
- Watch: York Catholic loses in closing seconds of OT
- Watch: Top 10 plays, Greencastle vs. Northeastern
- Watch: AAU teammates Brooks and Funk face off
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The Central York girls struggled to find their shooting touch throughout the District 3 Class 6A quarterfinals against Cedar Cliff.
But the first two baskets of the fourth quarter made all the difference in the world for the No. 4-seeded Panthers on Thursday night.
Trailing by four points, Katie Fabbri knocked down a 3-pointer. Moments later, Allison Wagner hit a jumper to extend the lead to nine.
Central then held on down the stretch, anchored by their stout defense and free throw shooting to earn the 43-35 victory and a trip to the Giant Center on Monday.
The reward? That would be top-seeded Cumberland Valley who barely survived a huge upset in double overtime.
“I’m proud of my kids defensively for being tough, gritty, battling in a night where (our offense) just never found rhythm,” said Panthers' head coach Scott Wisner.
Wisner couldn’t be more spot-on about his team’s defensive performance. From the get-go, Central York applied pressure with promising results.
The Panthers went on an 8-0 run after the Colts scored the first basket of the contest.
The home team’s lead grew to nine at the half, but the No. 5 seed battled back in the third – scoring the quarter’s final five points.
Nikson Valencik and Fabbri led Central York with 12 points each. The duo scored all seven of their team’s points eight minutes out of the break.
The Panthers sealed things by scoring eight points on free throws in the waning moments.
“At halftime our coach said, ‘If you think you’re tired, you’re playing for states so really dig deep,’” Emma Saxton said. “That really got to us and we left everything we had on the court.”
Now, No. 1 Cumberland Valley awaits.
“Our goal was to get to the Giant Center, qualify for States and we did that,” Wisner said. “We think we can compete against anybody when we play to our capability.”