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Ephrata, Cocalico girls in three-way tie for first place
Ephrata is getting the reputation as being a tough defensive club. And Friday night in Quarryville, that was on full display in a key early season showdown with three-time Section Two champion Solanco.
The Lady Mounts put the clamps on the Mares and star Gillian Glackin, the L-L League’s leading scorer. In a low scoring affair, Ephrata held Glackin to 15 points while outscoring the Mares 20-16 in the second half to earn a big 34-29 victory.
Solanco dropped to 2-2 in league play (5-2 overall).
Sarah Haddon paced Ephrata (3-1 section, 5-2 overall) with a game-high 16 points as the Lady Mounts pulled into a three-way tie with Cocalico and E-town heading into the holiday break.
Cocalico also forged the three-way tie with an impressive 59-53 win Friday at E-town, which came into the game all alone in first place.
Cocalico junior forward Marissa Gingrich helped pave the way, scoring a season-high 29 points as the Lady Eagles (3-1, 5-2) erased an early nine-point hole, outscoring the Bears 36-21 in the second half.
Natalie Sukanick added 10 points for the Lady Eagles while Megan Gingrich contributed eight.
Jen Fairbanks (17) and Erin Sollenberger (15) led the Bears (3-1, 5-2).
Both Ephrata and Cocalico also were in action last Wednesday night in crossover action.
In Ephrata, it was tight throughout before visiting Manheim Township eventually pulled away down the stretch to earn a hard-fought 46-38 victory over the Lady Mounts and hand them their first league loss.
Ebonee Pompey scored 12 points and Alex Ross chipped in with 10 points of the bench as Township (4-0 Section One, 6-1 overall) held off Ephrata in this Section One-Two crossover match.
Kelly Liebl scored 12 points while Sarah Hoffer added nine in the Ephrata loss.
Cocalico, meanwhile, shutout Hempfield in the third quarter, outscoring the Black Knights 16-0 during that stretch to pull away and earn a convincing 47-25 win.
Marissa Gingrich led the way with a game-high 17 points while Kristen Boyer added 13 for the winners.
Both Cocalico and Ephrata will participate in holiday tournaments this week.
The Lady Eagles will be in action Friday at the Muhlenberg Tournament where they’ll face Garden Spot in the opening round. Schuylkill Valley and Muhlenberg will play in the nightcap Friday with the championship game set for Saturday.
As for Ephrata, the Lady Mounts once again will host their annual Christmas Tournament , as will the Ephrata boys, which is set for Thursday and Friday.
The tournament opens at 2 p.m. with first-round girls’ action as Lampeter-Strasburg squares off against Governor Mifflin. After the 4 p.m. boys matchup between Donegal and Dallastown, the Ephrata girls will square off against McCaskey at 6 p.m. The night will come to a close with the Ephrata boys hosting Spring Grove at 8 p.m.
Action will resume and conclude Friday with four more games. The schedule will go as follows: girls consolation game, 2 p.m.; boys consolation game, 4 p.m.; girls championship game, 6 p.m.; boys championship game, 8 p.m.