Linden Hall advanced in the State Tournament for the second year in a row, with a 56-34 victory Saturday afternoon at Warwick High School over the Southern Fulton Indians from Fulton County.
Seven Lions scored: Tahri (19); Hetta (10); Anya (10); Jumoke (8); Marta (6); Naomi (2); and Favour (1).
"We always play a lot of players and last night was no exception," said Coach Robert Kauffman.
The Lions committed just three turnovers all night en route to their victory. They put the finishing touch on their opponent by forcing five turnovers and two missed shots to begin the second half of play. Anya Miller made her first start for the Lions after breaking her ankle five months ago.
The next round will be Wednesday, March 14, at a venue to be announced.
After a tough loss to Lebanon Catholic in the District 3 PIAA Class A finals at the Giant Center in Hershey Thursday, the first such appearance in school history, Linden Hall has earned a bid to play in the state tournament.
The Lions played a strong three quarters of basketball despite foul trouble, and led the defending state champions 30-27 after the third period. With just one quarter to go, the Beavers stepped up their defense and forced enough turnovers and layups to get a come-from-behind victory.
The Lions were led by Tahri Phillips and Hetta Saatman with 9 and 8 points, respectively. Seraphina Thorpe contributed six points in strong play when others were in foul trouble.
As the silver medalists, the Lions move into the state tournament as the second qualifier in District 3. Having taken the Lebanon Catholic to the brink, the Lions enter the state tournament with increased confidence and determination.
The first state tournament games are March 10; the site and opponent for Linden Hall's game is yet to be determined.
The Linden Hall Varsity Basketball Team began District play with a second-round victory, defeating New Covenant Christian 68-21 at home on Friday, February 23, after receiving a bye in the first round. This was the Lions' 11th straight win, improving their season record to 18-4. They face Lancaster Country Day tomorrow, Tuesday February 27, at 5 p.m. in the District 3 semi-finals at Manheim Township High School.
The inside players combined for 40 Linden Hall points in route to a decisive victory on Friday. The post players has their way against NCC. Hetta Saatman led the way with 15 points, Mercy Ademusayo scored 12, Jumoke Adaramoye contributed eight, and Seraphina Thorpe added five more.