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.
Solanco girls basketball's Jess Cabrera surpasses 1,000 career points in Mules' romp over Garden Spot
Jess Cabrera started attending Solanco girls basketball games as a six-year-old, looking up to the players, and hoping she would one day have her name on the banner listing the school's 1,000 point scorers.
Twelve years later, the Mules' senior guard achieved that lofty goal.
Needing 15 points to reach the grand milestone, Cabrera made history at the halftime buzzer and finished with 20 points in the Mules' 56-22 triumph over visiting Garden Spot Tuesday night, January 22.
Entering Thursday night's game against outmanned Octorara, the Solanco girls basketball team wanted to use its entire roster while winning without suffering any injuries, hone a variety of offensive sets, and put Jess Cabrera in position to score her 1,000th career point at home.
The Mules easily accomplished their objectives by beating the Braves 87-8.
Immediately following the Solanco girls basketball team's milestone win over Lampeter-Strasburg, coach Chad McDowell started making sure his squad would avoid a letdown in its next game vs. Cocalico.
He was quite confident the Mules would be ready and his faith was rewarded with a 47-34 triumph over the Eagles Friday night.
Forced to play more minutes than usual because of teammates' foul trouble, Grace Kreider admitted she was exhausted during the final seconds of regulation.
Solanco's senior guard made sure she didn't have to work overtime.
Kreider drilled a 15-foot jumper with two seconds remaining to lift the Mules to a Solanco Holiday Tournament championship with a 39-37 triumph over Red Lion in the title game Saturday, December 28.
The Solanco girls basketball team turned up the defensive intensity to snap a two-game losing streak.
Seizing command with a second quarter spurt, the Mules downed perennial postseason participants Northern Lebanon 58-36 Friday night, December 21.