Two days before Christmas, the Red Lion boys' basketball team lost a game.
The Lions haven't lost one since their 50-45 setback to Central York.
Red Lion is riding a 10-game winning streak as the York-Adams League heads into the final third of its season.
The victories during the run include a signature triumph over York High, a team that Red Lion hadn't beaten since the 2009-10 season.
The Lions count on balanced scoring and a defense that is ranked second in the league.
Three Red Lion players are averaging in double figures. Mike Fox, a senior, is the team leader at 17.8 points a game. He's followed by Stone McCreary (11.0) and Evan Miller (10.5). Fox, according to York Dispatch records, has 927 career points.
McCreary and Miller have combined for 66 3-point baskets.
Defensively, the Lions are holding opponents to 43.1 points a game. Jason Rebuck, who is averaging 7.2 points game, is a strong rebounder and defender in the post and Head Coach Steve Schmehl lauded the defense of guard Austin Huson following the Lions' 62-40 victory over Dover.
Red Lion is in second place in York-Adams Division I, one slot behind another team having an outstanding season: Central York. The Panthers are a perfect 8-0 in league games, and the Lions are 8-2.
The teams are scheduled to meet on Friday night at Central, but neither one is focusing on that game right now.
That's because the Panthers are scheduled to travel to York High Tuesday night, and the Lions are listed for a game at archrival Dallastown on Wednesday night. An expected snowstorm, however, could wipe out Tuesday's games.
Central York, West York (9-1) and Red Lion currently have the best records in York-Adams Division I and Division II.
Four teams (the division winners and the teams with the next two best records) qualify for the York-Adams Tournament. York High and Dallastown are tied with 5-4 marks, and Northeastern and Dover are both 5-5 in Division II.
Bermudian Springs leads Division III with a 10-0 record, and York Suburban is right behind at 8-1. Hanover and Delone Catholic are the Division IV co-leaders with 6-3 records. Eastern York (Division III) and York Catholic (Division IV) are each 6-4. Four teams also qualify from Division III and Division IV for the eight-team tournament.
Dick VanOlinda writes about high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.