The Solanco girls basketball team felt like a frustrated fisherman following Tuesday night's 54-51 overtime loss to Palmyra in a District III 5A semifinal game.
It was the one that got away.
Angling for their first-ever appearance in the district championship game, the Mules could not reel in the victory and allowed the Cougars to wriggle off the hook.
PHOTOS: Solanco girls basketball posts comeback win over Mechanicsburg to advance to district semifinals
It's not over until the Solanco girls basketball team says it's over.
It wasn't over when Mechanicsburg made four three-pointers in the second quarter to take a 23-14 advantage.
It wasn't over when the Wildcats led by seven entering the fourth quarter.
And it wasn't over when Mechanicsburg held a nine-point edge with seven minutes left in the game.
After the Golden Mules outscored their opponents 30-10 the rest of the way, then, it was over.
Solanco completed a 64-53 comeback victory over Mechanicsburg Friday night in a quarterfinals game of the Class 5A District III M&T Bank Basketball Championships.
The Solanco girls basketball team held on and moved on.
The Mules (19-5) secured a state tournament berth for the second straight season with a 51-44 triumph over visiting New Oxford Tuesday night, February 19 in the first round of the District III Class 5A tournament.
Top-seeded Solanco advances to the district quarterfinals where they will host 8th-seeded Mechanicsburg Friday night at 7. Mechanicsburg advanced with a 42-18 triumph over Susquehannock.
Four Solanco wrestlers are headed to Hershey.
Dominic Flatt, Chase Charles, Jackson Houghton, and Ronnie Fulton each advanced by virtue of a top four finish at the District III Class 3A Section II tournament at Hempfield High School.
"I was happy to have four guys qualify for districts but was also hoping two or three more guys would have finished higher than their seeds and qualify," Solanco coach Tony Mendez said. "The district tournament will be tough but we're hoping to get one or two guys through to states."
The Solanco girls basketball team was beaten at its own game.
Playing a hard-nosed man-to-man defense, ELCO pulled away in the second half for a 55-38 triumph over the host Mules in a Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament quarterfinal game Saturday night.
ELCO advances to the conference semifinals while Solanco has a nine-day break between games before beginning district tournament play.
The Solanco girls basketball team sees no reason to deviate from its familiar formula.
The Mules struck with the successful recipe of mixing a swarming defense with a fast start.
The result was a 59-31 romp over visiting Warwick in the regular season finale on Senior Night Tuesday, February 5.
Section Three champion Solanco is 16-4 heading into the Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament.
The Solanco boys basketball team did not have any answers for Cocalico's potent offense.
The Mules tried a zone defense in the first half and then switched to a man-to-man after halftime.
It wasn't for lack of effort, but neither worked.
After a closely-contested first quarter, the visiting Eagles pulled away for a 75-54 victory for the Mules Monday night, February 4.
After wintry weather wreaked havoc with the schedule. the Solanco girls basketball team assumed it would have to wait a few extra days to clinch a section title and do so on the road.
Thanks to a Lampeter-Strasburg loss Friday night, Mules were presented with a golden opportunity to claim the crown on their homecourt.
They took full advantage.
Solanco secured Lancaster-Lebanon League's Section Three championship with a 48-39 triumph over visiting Manheim Central Saturday afternoon.