The Linden Hall Varsity Basketball team defeated York Catholic 56-27 to become the District III 2A Champions at the Giant Center in Hershey on Tuesday afternoon. A full story appeared in Lancaster Newspaper, and can be accessed here.
The Varsity Basketball Team defeated #2 ranked St. Joseph's Catholic Academy of State College on February 16 to become 2019 MAC Conference Champions. Then, in the District 3 2AA tournament on Thursday, February 21, the Lions defeated Steelton Highspire, 60-48, to move to the finals on February 26 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Leading the Lions in overall play during the MAC game at Greenwood High School were seniors Anya Miller and Hetta Saatman, with top scoring from Anya (16 points), Marta Celebic (10) and Tahri Phillips (6).
"The game we played on Saturday was characterized by unselfish play," said Coach Bob Kauffman. "Our team shared the ball, made the right plays, encouraged each teammate at all times, and focused on the job at hand."
Every time Linden Hall has played St. Joe's, he said, the team has improved: "The first time we won by 12, then 22, and finally 29. Both of our first two games against them, they led at halftime. Not this time; we outscored them 16-2 in the second quarter and moved on from there."St. Joseph's is ranked #2 in its class in PIAA District 6. They are 17-5 on the season with three losses to Linden Hall.
As of January 7, the Lions are now 8-2 ranked #2 in District 3.
1/7 — Linden Hall 67, Columbia 32. The Lions broke open a close game with 20 straight points in the third quarter. Marta Celebic had 14 points and Jumoke Adaramoye had 13.
1/5 — Linden Hall 62, Daniel Boone HS 40. We won 62-40 in a well-played game in Birdsboro. Jumoke Adaramoye led the Lions with 15 points. Anya Miller had 14, Marta Celebic chipped in 12, and Naomi Brabham 10.
1/4 — Linden Hall 48, St. Joseph's Catholic 36. Against our primary competitor in the Midstate Athletic Conference, the Lions have lost just twice in five years of conference play. Leading scorers were Mercy Ademusayo with 18 and Jumoke Adaramoye with 15.
12/29 — Linden Hall 57, Mt. Calvery 12 for third place in the Lebanon Catholic Holiday Tournament. The Lions were led by Jumoke Adaramoye and Anna Smale with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
12/28 — Marian Catholic 44, Linden Hall 43 at the Lebanon Catholic Holiday Tournament. Marion Catholic scored three late three-pointers. Anya Miller had 15 and Tahri Phillips had 11.
12/26 — Linden Hall 49, Williamsport High 37. This victory was in the Crossover Hoops Holiday Showcase event at Millersville University against one of the largest schools in Pennsylvania. Anya Miller had 17 points and Mercy Ademusayo had 10 to lead the Lions.
The Varsity basketball team defeated West York High School 53-23 on Deccember 8 in the second round of the West York Tip-Off Tournament. Tahri Phillips '19 was named to the all-star team for her inspired and aggressive play.
The Lions jumped out to an early lead in a fast-paced game and never looked back. West York was athletic and tenacious, but could not keep pace.
Marta Celebic and Hetta Saatman led the Lions with 12 points each. Anya Miller had eight and Favour Mbedeleogu contributed 7. Tahri scored a team-high nine points in Linden Hall's 39-26 loss to Delone Catholic in the first round of the tournament.
Linden Hall senior Hetta Saatman committed to Drexel University on November 16 during national signing week to play Division I women's basketball for the Dragons, becoming the first Linden Hall student to achieve this honor.
A native of Lancaster, Hetta is in her fourth year at Linden Hall. She is interested in studying biology and/or health sciences at Drexel. Her personal interests include travel, food, family, flowers, and photography.
Hetta's basketball career started slowly with a broken ankle in the final scrimmage before her freshman year. It cost her the season and was very frustrating. Nevertheless, she came to every game and practice, and did what she could to help her team to a 20-3 season.
As a sophomore, Hetta scored 251 points in 28 games as the Linden Hall team won 25 of those games. The team finished third in the PIAA District 3 and lost in the state quarterfinals.
In Hetta's junior year, the team played a more difficult schedule, finishing 20-6 and second in the PIAA District 3. Linden Hall made it to the state semifinals, where they lost to the eventual state champion. Hetta served as team captain and scored a team-high 317 points in 26 games.
"During her high school career, Hetta has worked tirelessly at improving her game and sought the toughest competition to hone her skills," said Coach Robert Kauffman. "She also learned how to succeed in the recruiting process and obtain the scholarship that she sought. Hetta is not only a strong athlete but a strong student, and Linden Hall proved to be the perfect place for her to prepare for things to come."
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.