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Cocalico girls fall in Muhlenberg finals
Cocalico got off to a slow start Saturday vs. host Muhlenberg, and it cost the Lady Eagles as they came up short to the Muhls, 43-38, in the finals of the Muhlenberg Holiday Tournament.
The Lady Eagles scored just 12 points in the first half and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way. Cocalico did cut the deficit to just four (25-21) after three quarters of play, but the Muhls held off the Lady Eagles in the fourth to capture the tourney title.
Angel Nieves scored a game-high 19 points to pace the Muhls (4-4). She sank 11 of 14 free throws to key her offensive night. Emily Herre added 10 points for the winners.
Cocalico (6-3) was led by Marissa Gingrich, who scored 18 points in the contest. Emily White, who drained three, three-pointers on the night, finished with 12 in the loss.
Cocalico advanced to the championship game by virtue of a hard-fought 46-39 victory over Garden Spot on Friday at Muhlenberg.
Leading 23-19 at the half, Cocalico got some breathing room in the third, out-scoring Spot 10-5 in the period to up the lead to nine. The Lady Eagles then held off the Spartans down the stretch to post the win.
Marissa Gingrich led the way for Cocalico, dropping in a game-high 16 points. Natalie Sukanick added 12 while White chipped in with 10 points for the winners.
Holly Schnader had 13 points to pace the Spartans (5-3) while Alex Kohl-Henry added 12.
Up next, the Lady Eagles return to Section Two Friday, Jan. 3 with a huge showdown on the road at first-place Conestoga Valley. The Lady Eagles will then host Lebanon January 6 before entertaining Ephrata Wednesday, Jan. 8.
All games are set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.