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.
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.
In District tournament play, the Linden Hall Varsity Basketball Team notched a second-round victory over New Covenant Christian 68-21 at home on Friday, February 23, and a semi-final win over Lancaster Country Day Tuesday February 27, at Manheim Township High School. Read LNP's coverage here: https://lancasteronline.com/sports/basketball/high...
The inside players combined for 40 Linden Hall points in route to a decisive victory on February 23. 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.