The Solanco girls basketball team had an uncharacteristically awful shooting night at the most inopportune time.
The Golden Mules made just one of 28 three-point attempts during a 49-39 loss to Mount St. Joseph in a PIAA Class 5A first round game at Upper Dublin High in Fort Washington Saturday afternoon.
Section Three champion and District III fourth place finisher Solanco (20-8) ends the season on a three-game losing streak.
Parmer provides link between first Solanco girls basketball team to make states and the 2018-19 team
There is a direct link between the first Solanco girls basketball team to qualify for the state tournament and this year's squad which will make the third PIAA appearance in program history.
Emily Parmer has been part of the program both times, albeit in much different roles.
Parmer, a seventh grade math teacher at Swift Middle School, was a sophomore reserve guard on the 2012 squad which earned a state berth for the first time. Seven years later, she is coaching at her alma mater. Parmer guided Solanco's seventh grade team this season and is serving as one of several assistants on the varsity staff.
PHOTOS: Solanco girls basketball loses to Twin Valley in District III third place game, will start PIAA tournament play Saturday against Mount St. Joseph
Four was the magic number in the Solanco girls basketball team's 45-37 loss to visiting Twin Valley in the District III third place game Thursday night.
The Golden Mules mustered just four points in the fourth quarter and finished fourth in the district tournament.
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.
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.
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.
The first time the Solanco girls basketball team defeated Lampeter-Strasburg this season, Mules' coach Chad McDowell referred to it as a "signature win."
Last Thursday night's road triumph over the Pioneers was as sizable as John Hancock's autograph on the Declaration of Independence.
Solanco took an substantial stride toward a section title with a convincing 44-25 victory over L-S in West Lampeter.