L-S cools off the Lady Barons

By on January 21, 2015
Manheim Central’s Gabby Hahn takes the ball inside against L-S in Tuesday night’s action. (Photo by Stan Hall)

Manheim Central’s Gabby Hahn takes the ball inside against L-S in Tuesday night’s action. (Photo by Stan Hall)

As a freshman, Brooke Breinich was a bit of an unknown for the Manheim Central girls basketball team coming into the season.

She’s certainly not anymore.

The Lady Barons’ forward is leading the team in scoring with 8.5 ppg, including double-digit efforts in six games.

Last Saturday, Breinich tied her career-high with 19 points, as the Central girls held off Spring Grove for a 40-36 non-league win last Saturday.

She finished 11-of-17 at the foul line, many of those in the fourth quarter when the Lady Barons outscored Spring Grove 12-10 to clinch it.

“(Brooke) had a big game at Spring Grove. She certainly is a pleasant surprise,” Manheim Central coach Dan Cotchen said.

Central’s win over Quad-A Spring Grove was its third victory in four games. Unfortunately for the Lady Barons, they had their hands full with a tough Lampeter-Strasburg team on Tuesday night and suffered a 67-47 loss in Manheim.

The MC girls were within striking distance at the half, down 37-29. But the Lady Pioneers outscored them 24-8 in the third to break it open.

Emma Beamesderfer finished with 16 points and Dani Ober added 14 in the loss, which dropped the Lady Barons to 4-8 Section Three (6-11 overall). They are currently 26th in the latest District Three Triple-A power ratings.

“We’re starting to come together as a team a little better on offense and playing some good defense. We’ve got six games left and if we play our best basketball, anything can happen now,” Cotchen said of their post-season chances. “We lost a close game to Lebanon Catholic, we lost a close game early on to Lehigh, but if we play our best basketball, we’ve got some games coming up that we feel pretty confident about and anything can happen.”

They took a step in the right direction last Friday, breaking open a two-point lead at the half to defeat host Annville-Cleona 44-32 in a Section Three-Four crossover game.

Dani Ober and Emma Beamesderfer scored 11 points apiece and Olivia Novak added nine to lead the Lady Barons’ balanced scoring attack.

“It was a game where we didn’t have any one person that we relied on for our scoring,” Cotchen said. “That was a big factor. We had an opportunity to convert in transition and our press and they took advantage of that.”

Coming out of the break, Central extended its lead to nine points with a 15-8 run the third quarter. Down the stretch, they outscored the Little Dutchmen 13-10 to put it in the books.

For the game, the MC girls were 14-of-23 from the foul line.

“We started to press a little bit in the second half, picked our defense up and got some transition baskets and kinda got a little cushion on them and sunk some foul shots down the end,” Cotchen said.

Ober is currently second on the team in scoring with 7.5 ppg. Combined with her strong inside presence on the boards, she has been a major weapon this season for the Lady Barons.

“She’s doing a real nice job getting a whole bunch of rebounds for us,” Cotchen remarked. “She is continuing to be a terror on the boards and that’s been huge for us as well.”

The Lady Barons were also in action last Wednesday, Jan. 14, suffering a tough 38-36 Section Three-Four crossover loss to Lebanon Catholic in Manheim.

Beamesderfer drained a couple of key foul shots in the fourth quarter and Manheim Central took a three-point lead with 30 seconds remaining.

But Lebanon Catholic rallied, and with Celine Mars and Neesha Pierre finishing with 12 points apiece, they were able to escape with the win.

Ober’s 14 points led all scorers and Novak chipped in with nine points.

“We were down by nine in the second half, picked our defense up, started to press again, and got some buckets off of turnovers,” Cotchen remarked. “We just couldn’t hang on at the end.”

In other action, the Lady Barons fell just a little bit short last Wednesday, Jan. 14, suffering a hard-fought 38-36 loss to visiting Lebanon Catholic.

Trailing by nine points, 33-24, entering the final stanza, the Central girls ended the game on a 12-5 run. Lebanon Catholic shot just 5-of-18 at the foul line, but managed to hold on for the win.

Danielle Ober finished with 14 points and Olivia Novak added nine for the Lady Barons.


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