Palmyra girls run to title
HERSHEY -- Palmyra shook off a bad offensive semifinal performance and delivered a tour de force at the Giant Center on Saturday, beating Susquehannock 46-30 for the District Three Class AAA girls' basketball championship.
The Warriors were beaten seven times in the regular season, but emerged late and were seeking to upset the tournament's No. 1 seed after beating No. 3 Lancaster Catholic in the quarterfinals and No. 2 West York in the semis.
They hung tough for a long while. Palmyra appeared to bust it open by holding the Warriors scoreless in the second quarter, on 0-for-11 field goal shooting.
It was 25-10 at the half.
Palmyra made just 15 percent of its shots in a semifinal defeat of Gettysburg here Wednesday. Compared to that, a 10-for-21 first half Saturday looked blazing.
But Susquehannock wasn't finished. With aggressive, physical pressing defenses, the Warriors held Palmyra scoreless for nearly eight minutes, and got as close as seven, at 33-26, with six minutes left.
Then the Cougars settled themselves. Sort of. Despite 21 second-half turnovers, Palmyra held on to give coach Ron Berman his first district title in 24 years as a boys' and girls' varsity coach at the school.
Carly Richardson led the Cougars with 14 points. Sophomore Kristen Smoluk added 12 and Kaitlyn Carmo 10.
Katie Wagner scored 14 to lead Susquehannock.n