As Columbia teammates crown their careers together, home team dominates away team in LL League Women’s Basketball Senior All-Star Game | Girls basketball

The finality of the situation only hit MacKenzie Burke minutes after the buzzer sounded, and the home team outscored the away team 56-48 in the senior women’s basketball all-star game. of the Lancaster-Lebanon League on Thursday night at Cocalico.

When an observer reminded the senior Columbia shooter that this was the last time she would wear a Crimson Tide basketball uniform, Burke – bless his heart – burst into tears while sharing his final moments as a as a prep hoops player with her classmate Morgan Bigler.

“I love my daughter Morgan,” Burke said. “It was so nice to be able to play with her all these years. And it was nice to go from games lost to games won, especially with her because we’ve been playing together for so long. We’ve always tried to keep the close-knit team and we are proud of it.

Burke and Bigler entered Columbia’s basketball program together, as wide-eyed ninth-graders. Coach Karl Kreiser, in retool mode with the legendary program, put Burke and Bigler in his starting lineup as freshmen, and he never kicked them out.

During their first two seasons in college, Burke and Bigler served as a bridge to Columbia’s resurgence. The Tide has appeared in the last two Class 2A District 3 championship games, and this past winter Columbia won its first division title since 1997, went to the league semifinals, and won a playoff game in the PIAA.

Burke and Bigler, best friends and teammates since fifth grade, very appropriately capped off their prep careers in Columbia uniforms at Thursday’s party, and they both contributed to the victory.

Burke’s 3-point pointer — his highlight of the past four seasons — took the home side’s lead to 35-25 with 15:46 to go, and Bigler bagged five rebounds and scored four points, including a clever transition on Burke’s pretty pass.

“Kenzie is my daughter,” said Bigler, who will continue her basketball career at Arcadia University.

“She’s my best friend and I had a great time playing basketball with her. We experienced the losing side of basketball and we experienced the winning side. These four years have been such a great experience for us, especially the last two. It was a great year to end our senior season. We will remember it forever.

No MVP awards were handed out after the game, but Penn Manor’s Lily Sugra, who signed up at East Stroudsburg University earlier this week, scored 10 points and pulled out 12 rebounds for the victorious home team. She was all over the glass.

Manheim Central sniper Rachel Nolt drilled three 3-point shots and had 9 points, and Conestoga Valley’s Taylor Hehnly added 9 points for the winners, who had a 24-18 lead after the first both 20-minute halves.

Cedar Crest’s Sarah Batra buried three 3-pointers, had a game-high 13 points, and grabbed seven rebounds for the Away team, which took a 25-24 lead on a Kailey Eckhart bucket d’Elco (9 points, 8 rebounds for Lebanon Valley College commits) with 16:51 to play.

But the home side fought back with a 17-4 blitz, getting a pair of treys from Ephrata’s Brynn Adams and triples from Burke, Hehnly, Nolt and Sugra during the party.

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