Friday, February 17, 2023

Columbia fends off Lebanon, hands Cedars first loss to capture L-L League girls basketball championship

The Tide has risen — all the way to the tippy top of the Lancaster-Lebanon League girls basketball mountain.

Columbia took Lebanon's early punch, used a 15-0 run to open up a working lead, and then fended off the Cedars down the stretch for a 51-44 championship-game victory before an overflow crowd at Manheim Township on Thursday night in Neffsville.

Columbia, which won a league crown for the first time since 1995, picked up its 15th win in a row, getting 20 points from Brie Droege, 14 points from Brooke Droege, and some hard-fought paint work from Gambler and Delaney Burke, who were tasked with marking Lebanon's 1-2 glass-crashing punch of Liliana Harrison and Zariyah Whigham.

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