MANCHESTER — For a lot of the girls on the court Sunday afternoon at Northeastern High School, it had been some time since they last shot a basketball.
While it had only been a little more than a week, Dover senior Megan Lokhaiser fit right into that bunch. Lokhaiser and her Division II/III senior all-star teammates had trouble finding their touch as they battled the Division I/IV stars.
The contest was sponsored by the York White Roses Lions Club, with proceeds being donated to U.S. Army Cpl. Matthew Hanes. More than $7,200 has been raised for Hanes, a Northeastern graduate who was shot in Afghanistan and is paralyzed up to his chest.
In the end, the poor shooting doomed Lokhaiser's side. The Division I/IV team cruised to a 70-56 victory in a contest played under college rules (two halves).
The event was special for Lokhaiser, along with Dover teammates Alayah Hall and Lindsey Fowler, who also participated in the game. Those three provided a solid nucleus for an Eagles outfit that will go down as the best in school history.
Along with capturing the school's first two Division II championships, Lokhaiser and company won the program's first-ever York-Adams League Tournament title back in February. They followed that up with another lengthy postseason run that culminated in a trip to the Elite Eight in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs for a second-straight season. In both years the Eagles were ousted by the eventual state champion.
For Lokhaiser, the last two years were a little more special because she played for her father, Coach Troy Lokhaiser.
"We enjoyed it," Megan Lokhaiser said. "He's a great coach and I love him. I get a lot of help from him, telling me what I'm doing wrong. And it's easier for me to understand it from a father-daughter vantage point. But sometimes we don't get along very well, but we work it out."
One thing that often comes up when a father is coaching his child is favoritism. Fortunately for Lokhaiser, she never had to worry about that.
"He worked a lot with the team and he just treated me like any one of my teammates," she said. "I'm not treated special and I think that's great how he does that. I don't feel that I deserved any special treatment and he didn't give me any."
Perhaps that was made a bit easier with the presence of Hall. Hall, who finished her career as the school's all-time leading female scorer, has been the focal point of the club since her freshman season.
"Everybody contributed but Alayah Hall was a big factor," said Lokhaiser, who is considering continuing her education at Pitt-Johnstown among other colleges next year. "She did a great job for our team and everybody else stepped up when they needed to step up. We worked as a team and we're one big family."
Notes: Alex Lehman of Dallastown led the Division I/IV stars with 12 points. Both Zaenna Echevarria of York Catholic and Mary Gingrow of Delone Catholic scored 10 points each.
Susquehannock's Katie Wagner led the Division II/III side with 13 points. Both Hall and Spring Grove's Morgan Arden finished with 10 points apiece.
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