Lansdowne High coach Greg Karpers lost four players from his varsity basketball squad in the span of two weeks, but the rest of his resilient roster proved they were up to the challenge of keeping the team together on Feb. 1 when they defeated visiting Overlea 64-62 in overtime.
Junior Tyler Jones scored a team-high 19 points, but it was a pair of plays he made at the defensive end of the court that secured the win.
Jones blocked a shot attempt with one second left in regulation to preserve the tie and send the game into overtime.
He also blocked a layup attempt by Overlea’s Daquan Pittman with 43 seconds left in overtime and converted a follow-shot at the other end for a 64-62 lead with 31 seconds left.
“They were both buckets if he didn’t block them,” Karpers said.
Jones and senior Trevor Morris (15 points) have been the leading scorers this season, but sometimes Jones’ scoring goes under the radar.
“That’s him, you look at the scorebook and you’re like ‘he really had that many,’” said Karpers, who watched him score 14 of his 19 points after halftime.
Lansdowne wins fourth regional softballl title in five years
Lansdowne High graduated its All-County ace pitcher Maude McCourry after its third regional softball championship in four years, but that didn’t stop the 2013 squad from picking up where she left off.
With Audrey Melcher on the mound, the Vikings captured the Class 2A North Region title with a 13-2 victory over Chesapeake.
Melcher struck out three and allowed only four hits in the game that was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run slaughter rule.
She allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Vikings responded by batting around in the top of the second inning and scoring 10 runs.
They tacked on two runs in the third inning and one in the fourth and finished with 13 hits as they handed the Bayhawks their only loss of the season.
Hannah Goodman (triple) and Melcher (2 RBIs) each had three hits and Kayla Welsh (4 RBIs) to lead the offensive attack that also got a pair of RBIs from Katie Loeffler, Sierra Romano and Channing Long and a triple from Marlaina McCourry.
Chesapeake threatened to rally in the third inning, but Viking second baseman Katelyn Strumsky made a tough catch of a pop up to shallow right field and she doubled off the runner at first base.
Coach Jamie Izdebski’s squad (12-8) eventually fell to Catoctin in the state semifinals.