HARRISBURG — There was no losing the lead this time.
For the second time in two games, Lancaster Country Day built up a big lead in the second half of a playoff boys basketball game.
But unlike in the District Three Class 1A championship game, the Cougars finished every bit as good as they started when facing Blacklick Valley in a PIAA opener Friday.
Country Day scored the first nine points of the game and rolled to a 74-51 victory at Central Dauphin East High School.
Five players reached double figures, led by 20 points from Andrew Williams and 15 from Luke Walling, who also had 12 rebounds.
The first PIAA tournament win in school history improved the Cougars' record to 19-7 and sets up Tuesday's matchup against Susquehanna, which edged Conestoga Christian, 58-54, on Friday night.
"We are very excited," said Country Day coach Curt Butler. "It will be a fun bus ride home."
Turning point: Williams notched the game's first eight points, and although the Vikings pulled to within 9-6, Country Day went on a 12-2 run for a 21-8 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Cougars finished the first half with Williams in foul trouble, but a 3-pointer from freshman Cole Fisher, followed by a pair of late free throws from Walling, led to a 33-17 advantage at the intermission.
Weathered a storm: Walling put the Cougars ahead 45-22, but the District Six third-place team from Cambria County responded with an 8-1 run, cutting the lead to 46-30.
However, Fisher drilled another 3-pointer to end the third quarter and nine straight points, including a three-point play Walling, in the first 1:15 of the fourth quarter put the game away.
Even with only seven players, Butler said he was not worried that his team would lose a second-straight second-half edge, like it did in the district final against York Country Day.
"I was more concerned when my point guard (Williams) got four fouls," the coach said. "We prepared well. We scouted them this past week. We just tried to shut them down, and eliminate the back-door cuts. The help-side defense was there and we were ready to go today."