Donegal snaps MC’s win streak

By on January 30, 2014

All good things must come to an end at some point.

For the Manheim Central girls basketball, it happened for them on Tuesday night.

Carrying a five-game winning streak into Mt. Joy, the Lady Barons lost for the first time in more than two weeks, suffering a 61-46 setback to Donegal in a Section Three game.

The loss dropped the Central girls to 6-7 in L-L play (8-11 overall), while the Lady Indians (10-3 L-L) pulled into a three-way tie for first place with Lampeter-Strasburg and ELCO.

Donegal took control of Tuesday’s game with a big first half, building on a 21-11 first-quarter lead by outscoring the Lady Barons 14-4 in the second.

Rachel Robinson had 17 points to lead the way for Donegal and Kristen Stark chipped in with 16.

Manheim Central outscored the Lady Indians 31-26 following the halftime break, including 25-19 in the final stanza, but it wasn’t enough. MC junior forward Sarah Painter led all scorers with 20 points and Olivia Novak dropped in 12.

Last Saturday, Central went on an 18-1 second-quarter run and never looked back, pummeling host Daniel Boone 51-25 in a non-league game.

Painter’s game-high 17 points led the Lady Barons, who built a 33-6 lead at the half. Emma Beamesderfer had a season-high 12 points in the winning cause.

Manheim Central was also in action last Friday, getting a season-high 28 points from Painter in a 53-33 win over Lebanon Catholic. Novak added 11 for the Lady Barons, who pulled away with a 21-6 surge in the third.

In other action last Thursday, Painter had 19 points for Central, who held on for a 41-36 Section Three win over Northern Lebanon in Manheim.

The MC girls were 8-of-10 from the foul line and used a 10-2 third-quarter run to open up a big 38-21 advantage.

But then they had to survive a comeback effort from Northern Lebanon in the fourth. The Lady Vikings outscored Central 15-3 in the final eight minutes, but fell a little bit short.

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