Also on Wednesday, Elco beat Manheim Central and Lebanon Catholic routed Lancaster Mennonite


The Cedar Crest girls basketball team established itself as the team to beat in Section One after last Friday's resounding win over McCaskey.

Manheim Township, however, apparently was watching and waiting for its chance at the Falcons. It didn't waste it.

Overcoming a 20-9 first-quarter deficit with balanced scoring and dead-eye free throw shooting, Township handed the Falcons their first defeat on Wednesday night with a 50-49 triumph in Neffsville.

Now 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the section, Crest was in good shape after the first quarter only to see Township (5-4, 5-1) storm back behind Olivia Matto's 16 points and 16-for-17 free throw shooting to pull out the win. Caitlyn Newcomer added 15 points and Caitlin Hickey chipped in with 12 for the Blue Streaks.

Ariel Jones paced Cedar Crest with 18 points and Alyssa Austin tallied 16.

Elco 47, Manheim Central 35: In Manheim, the Raiders put the breaks on a three-game losing skid behind a balanced attack led by 11 points from Chandelle Keller.

Now 4-3 overall and 3-3 in Section Three, Elco jumped to a 27-16 halftime lead and didn't let the Barons back in the game thanks in part to nine points apiece from Taylor Bossert and Ryelle Shuey.

Lebanon Catholic 58, Lancaster Mennonite 28: On Assumption Hill, the Beavers bounced back from Monday's blowout loss to Lancaster Catholic to rout Mennonite behind Celine Mars' 13 points.

Mariah Sholly and Neesha Pierre added 11 points apiece as Catholic improved to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in Section Four.

Columbia 47, Annville-Cleona 38: In Annville, A-C was done in by the second quarter, when it was outscored 18-6, on the way to falling to 2-6 overall and 1-5 in Section Four.

Meredith Bachman paced the Little Dutchmen with 10 points.

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