She didn't want to possibly see her basketball career end at home. And her no-regrets attitude appeared contagious.
Susquehannock played what might have been its best game of the season, using a relentless pressure defense to roll up a 68-38 victory against Conrad Weiser in a District 3 Class AAA first round girls' basketball game. Susquehannock (16-7) advances to play Lancaster Catholic (25-0), a 79-37 winner against Northern Lebanon.
"What we did defensively, especially in the first and second quarter is exactly what we wanted to do," Susquehannock coach Dave Schreiner said. "We came out with a lot of energy. We probably played about as well as we could have played."
Deter scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
The Warriors walked off the floor at halftime with a 24-point advantage.
"For the seniors this was our last home game ever, and I just know everyone was excited," Deter said.
"This is the first district playoff game (the senior class) has ever won."
From the opening tip, Susquehannock dominated with its defensive intensity. Weiser won the tip, almost immediately turned the ball over, and the parade of red-and-white made its first run to the hoop. In the opening 3:19, Susquehannock forced eight turnovers. The Warriors worked the ball and the transition game to attempt high-percentage shot, taking 14 shots from in the paint or near the low post in the first quarter. That trend continued throughout the game.
Susquehannock converted 23 buckets in the paint compared to Weiser's seven.
The Warriors hadn't played a game since losing to Dover by a two-point margin on Feb. 5. Instead of punishing his team with long practices in an effort to keep his team sharp, Schreiner backed off. He cut practices down to 90 minutes.
"I think it helps mentally," Schreiner said. "I think girls get to the point where it gets monotonous and boring. ... We've worked on everything we could work on."
The idea that less is more played in Susquehannock's favor.
"I actually think it helped us, because we had so many games in row there (at the end of the regular season)," Deter said.
Schreiner did spend a week and a half watching tape of Weiser, drawing the conclusion that stopping Hannah Racis and sister Kristin Racis from driving in the paint would be key. Hannah Racis suffered a leg injury in the first quarter, and even though she returned, she never looked at full strength -- scoring a team-high 12 points. Not that it would matter Wednesday. Susquehannock put this one away early, compiling a 21-6 run in the second quarter.
Still, the Warriors face a tough task in the quarterfinal round, drawing District 3 power and unbeaten Lancaster Catholic in the quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Milton Hershey.
"I don't think it matters who the team is, we just need to play our game and give it everything we've got," Deter said.
CONRAD WEISER (38)
Kramlich 2 1-3 5, Zerbe 3 0-0 7, Ferko 2 1-2 5, Ke. Lutz 1 0-0 2, Price 1 2-4 4, Hannah Racis 2 8-11 12, K. Racis 0 2-2 2, Ka. Lutz 0 1-2 1, Moyer 0 0-0 0, Erkes 0 0-0 0, Grego 0 0-0 0. Totals11 15-24 38.
Royer 0 0-0 0, Knox 0 0-0 0, McGee 0 0-0 0, Wilson 3 2-6 8, Leah Deter 10 0-1 20, Lebo 0 0-0 0, Fancher 3 2-3 8, Murphy 3 1-2 8, Barnhart 0 0-0 0, Stone 0 1-2 1, Voltaggio 0 0-0 0, Druck 4 0-0 8, Katie Wagner 7 1-3 15. Totals30 7-17 68.
Conrad Weiser 7 6 14 11 -- 38
Susquehannock 16 21 20 11 -- 68
3-point goals -- Conrad Weiser 1 (Zerbe); Susquehannock 1 (Murphy).