The District 3 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 Lions were rebounding from a heartbreaking loss to York Catholic in the YAIAA tournament quarterfinals.

Red Lion head coach Don Dimoff said his team was pretty relaxed before Friday night's game despite the bitter taste left in their mouth from the YAIAA playoffs.

"We talked about the game plan and what we needed to do," Dimoff said. "I wanted them to expect to win."

The Lions treated the loss as a minor hiccup and gave notice to District 3 AAAA competition that they are a force to be reckoned with as they cruised to a 63-30 win against Cedar Crest at Red Lion Area High School.

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

There was one common theme in the contest, however: father-daughter duos. One is in its beginning stages, while the other came to a close.

Cedar Crest coach Jim 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.

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

Courtney Dimoff finished with 12 points in the contest, with seven coming in the third quarter.

Senior Jenny Horvatinovic continued to shine for the Lions as she led her team with a game-high 19 points.

Horvatinovic also gets to play at least one more game now in the final campaign of a stellar prep career.

"I was relaxed, but I also know that this is most likely the last game I'll play here, so I'm just trying to take everything in and enjoy it," Horvatinovic said.

The Lions, up 20-7 after the first quarter, were held to just six points in the second quarter but still managed to go into the intermission up 26-15. The hosts' swarming defense and size on the boards was too much for the visitors in the second half as Red Lion held a 37-15 advantage in 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.
  
RED LION (63)
   Seitz 1 0-0 2, Kuehne 1 4-4 6, Courtney Dimoff 5 0-0 12, Jenny Horvatinovic 8 1-1 19, Devan Horka 4 2-4 10, Kelsey Clever 2 2-2 6, Kendrick 3 0-1 6, Marissa Ness 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 9-12 63.
CEDAR CREST (30)
   Battle 0 2-2 2, Beard 00-2 0, Rachel Miller 3 4-4 12, Wagner 2 0-0 6, Donmoyer 2 0-0 4, Rich 2 1-2 6. Totals 9 7-10 30. 
Red Lion   20  6  21  16 -- 63
Cedar Cliff     7  8    9    6 -- 30
   3-point goals -- Cedar Cliff 6 (Miller 2, Wagner 2, Rich); Red Lion 4 (Dimoff 2, Horvatinovic).