Monday, January 22, 2018
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Warriors top Mounts

As a young team, the Ephrata boys are well aware of their vulnerability late in games.

Last Friday, Warwick knew it too.

“We don’t have a lot of depth,” Mounts’ coach Jason Coletti said. “I’ve got to credit Warwick; they go after you and they wear you down.”

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Hempfield Edges Lady Mounts

For 19 years, the Yankees had Mariano Rivera. The Padres had Trevor Hoffman. The Phillies, in 2008, had Brad Lidge.

Wednesday night, the Hempfield girls’ basketball team handed the ball to Alecia Rohrer.

With two shots from the foul line with three seconds remaining, the Black Knights’ senior forward closed a 43-39 win over Ephrata in a physical, grinding gauntlet of a Section One-Two crossover game in Landisville.

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Cougars fend off Mounts

It wasn’t pretty, and there was a lot of starting and stopping, but Palmyra’s girls’ basketball team improved to 10-0 on Tuesday night.

Kristen Smoluk popped in a team-high 16 points, the Cougars sank 22 free throws for a large advantage from the foul line, and Palmyra remained perfect compliments of a 45-39 win over Ephrata in the championship game of the Mountaineers’ holiday tournament at Ephrata Middle School.

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Forfeits Key as Eagles hold off Ephrata

Ephrata won the battle Tuesday night but in the end, Cocalico, by virtue of four forfeit wins, won the war.

The visiting Eagles used those forfeits to jump out to a commanding 24-3 lead. As it turned out, they needed them as the undermanned Mounts won the majority of the head-to-head bouts by a 6-4 margin.

In the end though, Cocalico got late falls from Max Martin (145) and Trevor Fichtorn (152) to clinch an eventual 42-21 victory over Ephrata and keep the Eagles alive for a Section Two title.

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Hoffer layup in OT lifts Mounts

Call it an early Christmas present, for one of the most unlikely recipients.

Johanna Hoffer’s layup with one second left in overtime was the difference for Ephrata’s girls’ basketball team Tuesday night, when the Mountaineers escaped Lebanon’s gym with a 46-44 Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two victory over the Cedars.

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