Red Lion, Central girls to meet again
The Red Lion and Central York girls' basketball teams will meet for a fourth time on Thursday night with a PIAA Class AAAA state girls' basketball berth on the line.
The site and time for the game have yet to be determined.
The Lions and Panthers both suffered consolation semifinal losses on Monday night. Red Lion fell to seventh-seeded Lower Dauphin, 41-40, at Warwick, while Central York lost to eighth-seeded Central Dauphin, 57-42, at East Pennsboro.
The two York County schools will now square off in the District 3-AAAA seventh-place contest.
Red Lion defeated Central in two of their three previous meetings this season. The two teams split in the regular season, but Red Lion beat Central in the York-Adams playoff title game on Feb. 12, 35-34. Red Lion also finished one game ahead of Central to claim the York-Adams Division I regular-season crown.
On Monday, Red Lion fell behind Lower Dauphin 24-14 at halftime, but stormed back to nearly take the victory. The comeback effort, however, fell just short. Natalie Reba had 13 points to lead Red Lion. She was the only Lion in double digits. Courtney Dimoff added nine points and Amy Maciejewski added eight. Paulina Malinen and Amber Schweiger each had 11 points for Lower Dauphin (20-7).
At East Pennsboro, the Panthers fell behind 32-16 at halftime and couldn't recover. Nikson Valencik paced Central with 11 points. Teirra Preston and Sarah Sepic each added eight points. Tori Lesko had 17 points to lead Central Dauphin (17-8), while Tarae Daniels added 13 and Alexis Smith chipped in 12.
Fourth-seeded Central fell to 23-5, while third-seeded Red Lion dropped to 24-4.