HUMMELSTOWN — In a game of runs, the Lancaster Country Day boys basketball team went on one early enough in the final quarter to offset the desperation run of Greenwood and pull out a 41-40 victory in the District Three Class 1A semifinals at Lower Dauphin High School on Monday night.
The Cougars move on to the championship game at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Hershey’s Giant Center against fourth-seeded York Country Day, which upset top seed Berks Christian 57-46 on Monday night.
Lancaster Country Day (19-7), the No. 2 seed, led 41-35 with just over a minute left, but did everything but score in the final minute.
The Cougars turned the ball over three times and missed three foul shots, while Greenwood’s Austin Bower had two putbacks and two three-point play attempts.
The Wildcats missed a short jumper with less than four seconds left after a Cougar turnover.
LCD jumped out to an 10-2 lead behind Andrew Williams and Luke Walling only to watch Greenwood go on a nine-point run to take an 11-10 lead after one quarter.
Sixth-seeded Greenwood (15-10) took a 2018 lead at the half, but the Cougars came out on a 12-4 run and led 35-30 after two Bradley Fry buckets.
Sam Duncan took over in the final quarter and tallied three buckets to take the 41-35 lead.
Williams led the Cougars with 14 points, while Duncan and Walling each added eight points. Walling added seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Bower led the Wildcats with 16 and Aaron Morder added 12 points.
Turning point: Trailing 22-18, the Cougars went on a 17-8 run behind Williams and Fry.
Quotable: Cougar coach Curtis Butler said, "We missed our point guard Will Lisk, who has been injured since the fifth game of the season. This is the fourth time in a row we have beaten Greenwood, but each game has been a grind-it-out, in-the-40s game. They just make it difficult to play against them. We didn't play very smart at times tonight."
"We just didn't shoot the ball well enough to win," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. "We need to come out and play for 32 minutes not 10-15 if we want to win. We had opportunities to win this game but we needed to play desperation for more than one minute."