This and that

By on January 15, 2014

Todd Ruth, Ephrata Review Sports Editor

Todd Ruth, Ephrata Review Sports Editor

It’s difficult sometimes to understand what one person can do for a team.

However, after watching Cocalico play with sophomore sniper Tucker Lescoe, there is no doubt in my mind this team is going to be a tough out down the stretch.

Lescoe, who missed the first 10 games of the season due to a thumb injury, made his return last Wednesday vs. Ephrata and immediately contributed.

While he scored just 12 points in each of his first two games, the Eagles as a team played with a confidence I hadn’t seen through the first 10 games.

That’s what good players do though, they make those around them better. And while he may have struggled to find his shot, his teammates certainly picked up the slack.

Spencer Moser is becoming the slasher he always appeared to be while several of the younger players on the roster are beginning to contribute as well.

Tuesday night, Lescoe found his shot in a game at McCaskey. And the results were quite impressive.

Lescoe nailed eight three-pointers on his way to a 31-point night in the Eagles’ 76-63 loss to the Red Tornados.

And while the team did suffer the loss, they did not back down from a superior athletic group. Look for them to only get better down the stretch and be an extremely difficult team to beat the rest of the way.

Marissa Gingrich: The senior guard from Cocalico is fast closing in on becoming the eighth player in program history to reach 1,000 points.

She scored 16 points in Tuesday’s loss to McCaskey, giving her 877 points for her career. If she continues on her 16.8 points per game average, she should reach the milestone January 31 at Lebanon.

Incidentally, the seven before her to reach 1,000 are: 1. Abbie Fabian (1,981); w. Jodi Frederick (1,487); 3. Kimi Bryan (1,167); 4. Jen Bryan (1,142); 5. Dana Sensenig (1,113); 6. Beth Good (1,067); and 7. Jen Koch (1,009).

Kimi Bryan was the last to do it in 2004.

Sneak Peak: With Ephrata moving to Section Three in football, here is a sneak peak at their schedule for the fall…Looks kind of strange but here it is: Aug. 29 @ CV; Sept. 5 vs. Cocalico; Sept. 12 @ Warwick; Sept. 19 vs. Northern Lebanon; Sept. 26 vs. York Suburban; Oct. 3 @ Annville-Cleona; Oct. 10 @ Columbia; Oct. 17 vs. Pequea Valley; Oct. 24 vs. Elco; and Oct. 24 @ Donegal.

Super Bowl Picks: How rare is it that the four best teams make it to the semifinals? Well, that is indeed the case in the NFL where Seattle and San Francisco will battle in the NFC while New England will head to Denver in the AFC this weekend.

Should be two great games!

Here are my picks, in case you are interested: San Francisco 24, Seattle 21; and Denver 35, New England 31.

Take them to the bank….

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