NEB girls fall to defending state champs
DILLSBURG - Coming in Northeast Bradford knew it would be a tall order to take down the Class A defending champions.
And they played with them for a while Steelton-Highspire eventually pulled away for a 91-51 win in PIAA Girls' Basketball action Saturday.
The Rollers jumped out to a 9-4 lead but a Lydia Werner three cut it to 9-7.
Steelton-Highspire went on a run there to jump out to a 30-12 lead. The Panthers would cut it to 30-18 but another Rollers run gave them a 42-24 lead at the half.
In the third quarter Northeast Bradford got out of their game a little bit. A call against the Rollers got their crowd riled up and the harassing Steelton-Highspire faithful got the Panthers out of their game a little bit.
From there the veteran Rollers pulled away for the win.
"I thought they played a heck of a game there in the first half," Northeast Bradford coach Paul Burgert said. "The crowd took us out of it a little bit. I think we were a little intimidated in the moment when things got hostile in the third. We kind of lost our steam."
Angelia Laudermilch and Calla Martin both had double-doubles for the Panthers with 14 points and 10 boards each. They also had two assists each.
Werner added eight points while Alyssa Coon had six points and seven rebounds. MaKaylah Holbert added five while Maddy Johnson and Shelby Park had two points each.
Hampton bound Malia Tate-DeFrietas led all scorers with 29, six points below her average, but her teammates Amber Hass-Moore (17), Jazmine Blanding (16) and Khadijah Robinson (14) picked up the slack.
With only one senior on the roster Burgert hopes the girls can use this valuable experience next year.
"It's great experience for the younger kids, absolutely," he said. "We return everybody but one senior so hopefully we'll be back."