MC girls beat ELCO, look toward L-SGirls Basketball

By on February 8, 2012

By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

The Manheim Central girls have been struck by the flu bug lately.

Fortunately for them, it hasn’t affected them between the white lines.

Breanna Barber led all scorers on Monday night with 12 points and the Lady Barons knocked off ELCO 32-21 in a Section Three battle in Myerstown.

That win kept the Central girls (11-4 L-L, 14-7 overall) alone in first place, one game in front of Lampeter-Strasburg and Northern Lebanon, who are tied in second at 10-5.

But the Lady Barons played the Pioneers last night (Wednesday) after deadline in their regular-season finale with the Section title on the line. The Vikings, meanwhile, finish up by hosting ELCO.

Although Manheim Central will still will be without injured players Maddy and Caroline Novak, coach Tom McCabe had confidence in his girls leading into the L-S game.

"We had a good practice (Tuesday), just trying to get ready," McCabe said. "Of course, we’d love to Caroline and Maddy and we’d love to have Breanna full strength. We’re hobbling, but we’re not done fighting yet."

McCabe, in fact, was unavailable to be on the bench Monday against ELCO while feeling the effects of the flu. But in his absence, the Lady Barons jumped to a quick start, leading 10-2 at the end of the first quarter.

Then the Raiders, led by sophomore Cheyenne Hassler’s seven points, outscored MC 10-5 in the second to make it a ball game at the half, trailing 15-12.

It was still only a three-point game 24-21 after three, but Central shut out ELCO in the final eight minutes while going on an 8-0 run to seal it.

"Apparently we played well when we had to and attacked," McCabe said. "We’re playing with a lot more intelligence right now. I think the Garden Spot game, even the Northern Lebanon game, there were three or four possessions that we’d love to have back, but that’s a playoff-type atmosphere. But last night, we played intelligently, made some free throws, (and) Breanna Barber is just a monster right now."

Manheim Central shot 92 percent from the stripe (12-for-13), led by Renee Wiegand, who was 7-for-8 while scoring nine points. Morgan Mummau (six points) and Barber combined to go 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

Last Friday, Wiegand’s 10 points led a balanced scoring attack by the Central girls, as they defeated Garden Spot 38-17 in Manheim. More LADY BARONS, page B-3

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