HERSHEY - One by one the shots went up from the field and from the foul line for Susquehannock in the second quarter of its District 3 Class AAA championship game against Palmyra on Saturday at Giant Center.
Each and every time, the ball didn't fall through the net.
The Warriors didn't score a single point in the second quarter and fell behind by 18 points at halftime against the undefeated Cougars.
The No. 6 Warriors made a third-quarter run, but couldn't sustain it in the fourth quarter and fell to the top-seeded Cougars, 46-30. Palmyra captured its first district crown.
"It was just like nothing would go in the basket," Warriors head coach Dave Schreiner said of the second quarter. "It really wasn't that we were playing that bad, it's just that we weren't scoring any points and they were scoring here and there."
The Warriors (18-8) went 0-for-11 from the field in the second quarter and also 0-for-2 from the foul line. For the game, Susquehannock shot 14-for-56.
The Cougars (28-0) took advantage of Susquehannock's inability to score in the second quarter and led 28-10 at halftime.
Indeed, the Warriors did come out of halftime strong and junior Katie Wagner led the charge by scoring nine of her team-high 14 points during the third quarter.
"We were sad and disappointed that we played that way (during the second quarter), but we weren't just going to sit back," Wagner said.
Wagner scored at 6:53 in the third quarter, marking the first Warriors points since Jeanette Wilson's bucket with 42 seconds remained in the first quarter.
Defense was a strong point for the Warriors all game, as they forced 26 Palmyra turnovers, including 12 in the third quarter.
Palmyra regained a 16-point lead on Carly Richardson's 3-pointer with 4:31 to play in the third. In the second quarter, Richardson joined the 1,000 point club with a bucket at the 7:05 mark. The standout junior led the Cougars with 14 points.
Richardson's 3-pointer was the final points Palmyra scored in the third quarter, as the Warriors went on an 8-0 run to end the quarter and trailed 33-25 going into the fourth.
"I thought in the fourth, we could get it closer and maybe pull ahead," Wagner said.
Wagner hit one of two foul shots to make it a 33-26 game with 7:07 to play in the game. But, that's as close to the lead as the Warriors would get.
An 8-0 run over the next four minutes made it a 15-point lead for the Cougars, who closed out the victory going 11-for-12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Palmyra was 18-for-21 from the foul line, compared to 2-of-5 for Susquehannock.
Even though the Warriors had to settle for second place in the district, it's the best a Warriors team has placed at the district level.
"It's not a good feeling that we lost, but we still got a medal and made school history," Wagner said. "We still have states, too."
The Warriors open the PIAA tournament against District 3 No. 5 seed Lancaster Catholic. Susquehannock defeated Catholic, 59-53, in the quarterfinal round of districts.
"It wasn't a fluke the first time we beat them and we're going to have to turn around and do it again," Schreiner said. "We have to play like it's not going to be our last game because the important stuff is ahead."
Royer 0 0-0 0, Knox 0 0-0 0, Wilson 1 0-2 2, Deter 1 0-0 2, Fancher 3 0-0 6, Murphy 0 0-0 0, Barnhart 2 0-0 4, Stone 0 0-0 0, Voltaggio 0 0-0 0, Druck 1 0-0 2, Katie Wagner 6 2-3 14, Lebo 0 0-0 0, Kerr 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 2-5 30.
Dembrowski 0 0-2 0, Tukis 2 2-2 6, Kaitlyn Carmo 3 4-5 10, Kristen Smoluk 2 8-8 12, McClellan 1 0-0 2, Gunderman 1 0-0 2, Carly Richardson 4 4-4 10. Totals 13 18-21 46.
Susquehannock 10 0 15 5 -- 30
Palmyra 15 13 5 13 -- 46
3-point goals -- Palmyra 2 (Richardson 2).