Sam Light scored 26 points Friday night - including the 1,000th of his career - but it came in a loss to Donegal.
Sam Light scored 26 points Friday night - including the 1,000th of his career - but it came in a loss to Donegal. (LEBANON DAILY NEWS FILE)
It wasn't the outcome Sam Light wanted, but it was a pretty special night for the Northern Lebanon junior nonetheless.

The Viking eclipsed the 1,000-point barrier for his career on Friday night, but it came in a 79-51 loss to first-place and unbeaten Donegal in Mount Joy. The setback drops Northern Lebanon to 15-6 overall and more importantly 10-5 in Section Three.

Needing 25 points to reach 1,000, Light ended the night with 26 points, using a drive down the right side of the lane with 4:53 to play in the game to eclipse the milestone.

Pat Stevens was the only other NL player in double figures, scoring 13.

Donegal (21-0, 15-0) led just 18-15 after one quarter but outscored the Vikings 49-28 in the middle two periods to build up a hefty lead.

Elsewhere in Section Three, Lampeter-Strasburg defeated Garden Spot 64-54 to move into sole possession of second place. L-S travels to Northern Lebanon on Tuesday night in the regular-season finale where the winner will earn an L-L League playoff berth.

Elsewhere Friday night:




  • Lebanon Catholic 77, Annville-Cleona 47: In Lebanon, the Beavers rolled through the Little Dutchmen, scoring 28 first-quarter points and 25 more in the third to keep A-C at bay. The win makes Catholic 14-7 overall and 8-7 in Section Four, while the Dutchmen slipped to 4-17 and 2-13 in league play.

    Three Beavers scored 16 points, a list that included Alex Frattaroli, Anthony Pletz and Timmy Orr.


    Paxson Hayes had 19 in a losing effort for A-C, which also got 12 from Matt Light.

  • McCaskey 81, Cedar Crest 65: In South Lebanon, the Falcons' playoff push stalled with a loss to league unbeaten McCaskey. Cedar Crest dropped to 13-8 overall and 9-6 in Section One.

    Killian Klopp led the Falcons with 17 points, while Andrew Eudy added 10. McCaskey (19-2, 15-0) held a 37-23 halftime lead and never looked back.

    The Falcons' loss, combined with Warwick's 37-25 defeat of Penn Manor and Hempfield's 55-50 overtime win against Manheim Township, creates a three-way tie for second place in Section One and the league playoff berth that goes with it. Cedar Crest, Warwick and Hempfield will each head into Tuesday's regular-season finales with identical Section One marks.

  • Trinity 56, Palmyra 48: In the second game of a boys'-girls' doubleheader at Palmyra, the Cougars dropped their second straight decision since last Saturday's dramatic buzzer-beating win over Lower Dauphin.

    Now 14-7 overall and 9-6 in the Mid-Penn Keystone, Palmyra was led in defeat by Adam Newhard's 12 points, as well as 10 from Brad Mackey.

  • Manheim Central 51, Elco 44: In Myerstown, the Raiders put up a valiant fight on Senior Night but couldn't escape their sixth straight loss.

    Elco (4-17, 1-14 Section Three) led 20-19 at the half but lost that advantage for good when the Barons racked up 17 third-quarter points.

    Cameron Paul paced the Raiders in defeat with 15 points, and Robert Shultz chipped in with 11.

  • Harrisburg Academy 74, New Covenant 54: In Lebanon, Nate Dawson turned in a monster game by scoring 44 points - the most by any player in Lebanon County this season - but it wasn't enough as the Flames lost their ninth straight.

    C.J. Kornhaus added 11 points for New Covenant (2-15), which fell behind 21-10 after one quarter and 43-25 by halftime.

  • Lebanon Christian 54, Bible Baptist 37: In Shiremanstown, the Panthers outscored Bible Baptist 33-19 in the second half to win going away, improving to 11-2 in the process.

    Jimmy Caputo led Lebanon Christian with 16 points, while Phil Gibble added 11.