Lebanon Catholic s Abby Shay, left, and Elco s Victoria Sweatlock fight for a loose ball during Tuesday night s Section Three-Four crossover contest on Assumption Hill. The Raiders came away with the 49-34 victory as Sweatlock (10 points) was one of four Elco players in double figures. Meanwhile, Shay hit for a game-high 15 in the loss. (LEBANON DAILY NEWS JEREMY LONG)
If the Elco girls' basketball team hopes to make a second-half push toward a Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff berth, it will need to win its crossover games against Section Four.
Tuesday night, the Raiders accomplished that in a big way, knocking off Lebanon Catholic 49-34 on Assumption Hill in Lebanon. With the victory, Elco ran its record to 9-6 overall and 6-4 in Section Three, while the Beavers dropped to 8-7 and 4-6 in Section Four.
The Raiders led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, then outscored Catholic 16-4 in the second and held a 29-13 halftime lead. From there, Elco was able to salt away the victory.
Four Raiders hit for double figures, with Halie Parker leading the way with 13, while Kady Yoders added 12, and Victoria Sweatlock and Cheyenne Hassler both chipped in with 10.
On the other side, Abby Shay led the Beavers with 15 points, and Holly Marinkov added 11 on the strength of three 3-pointers.
Elsewhere Tuesday night:
Lebanon 56, McCaskey 36: In Lebanon, the Cedars snapped a four-game losing streak thanks to a huge fourth quarter that saw Lebanon outscore the Red Tornado 20-4 to win going away. The Cedars held a 36-31 lead entering the final period before stepping on the gas, improving to 6-9 overall and 4-6 in Section Two in the process.
Three Lebanon players hit for double figures, a group that included Brittany Ulrich (15 points), Shaela Shellehamer (13) and Alicia Haitos (12).
Northern Lebanon 53, Columbia 40: In Columbia, the Vikings pulled into a second-place tie in Section Three thanks to its win and Garden Spot's setback at Annville-Cleona. NL is now 10-5 overall and 7-3 in league play.
The Vikings jumped out to a 16-8 first-quarter lead, but the Crimson Tide managed to close to within 30-29 by the start of the fourth quarter. However, NL outscored Columbia 23-11 over the final eight minutes to pull out the win.
Mariah LiBrandi and Kristen Lessing both scored 16 points for the Vikings, while Taylor Smith chipped in 11.
Annville-Cleona 49, Garden Spot 37: In Annville, the Little Dutchmen used a 30-11 run through the middle two quarters to take full control of this Section Three-Four crossover. The win makes A-C 9-6 overall and 6-4 in Section Four where it now has a two-game lead over Lebanon Catholic for second place and the L-L playoff berth that goes with it.
Alex Siebecker drained four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points for the Dutchmen, while Elaina Wanamaker added 15 points.
Cocalico 43, Cedar Crest 24: In Denver, the Eagles outscored the Falcons 33-11 over the final three quarters to turn a three-point deficit into a lopsided win.
The Section One-Two crossover loss makes Cedar Crest 5-9 overall and 4-6 in Section One.
Elco s Halie Parker turns the corner against Lebanon Catholic s Samantha Fortna on Tuesday night in Lebanon. Parker led the Raiders with 13 points in their Section Three-Four crossover win. (LEBANON DAILY NEWS JEREMY LONG)
The Falcons led 13-10 after eight minutes of play, but a 14-4 second-quarter burst by Cocalico set the tone for the rest of the game. Alex Rich paced Cedar Crest with nine points.