The Solanco girls basketball team got good looks at the basket down the stretch of its first round district playoff game.
The Mules did not like what they saw.
Solanco scored one point in the final 3 minutes, 50 seconds as host Berks Catholic finished the game with a 12-1 run to rally for a 51-44 triumph Tuesday night, February 18.
Jenna Dombach saved her best performance for possibly the final home game of her stellar career.
Solanco's senior guard served as the primary ball-handler against Northern Lebanon's stifling defense and poured in 22 points to pace the Mules to a 41-32 victory in a Lancaster-Lebanon League Tournament quarterfinal contest Saturday night, February 8.
Solanco girls basketball coach Chad McDowell, speaking in the preseason: "There is that factor there that we did lose so many players, I think a lot of teams in the league think, well Solanco lost [five seniors, including three starters] and they're not going to be there again. Well I've got news for them. We are going to be there again. We're not rebuilding. We're reloading. We've got the potential here to compete like we have in the other years. I've heard it in distant conversations, 'Well Solanco is not going to be where they were the last two years.' I just sort of smile and say, 'You may be right." But deep down I know we've got the making to have a team just as good as we've had the last two years if we put all the pieces together."
Solanco seized command of the girls basketball Section Three championship chase.
The Mules downed visiting Lampeter-Strasburg 47-40 Thursday night, January 23.
The Solanco girls basketball team won two of three games last week. Saturday's game at Daniel Boone was postponed. A makeup date has not yet been set.
Solanco 66, Octorara 22
Paige Phillips scored 11 of her team-high 14 points in the first quarter and added four steals. Ilynd Rapant recorded 11 points and six rebounds and Jade Eshelman notched nine points and seven rebounds. Jenna Dombach delivered six points and six assists and Angela Cylc contributed six points. Twelve different Mules scored.
Solanco's girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, winning a section game and losing a non-league contest.
The Mules lost 43-41 to New Oxford Saturday afternoon, January 4, in the West York Shootout.
The game was tied 22-22 at halftime before New Oxford outscored Solanco 12-6 in the third quarter.
The Red Lion girls basketball team stole the spotlight at the Solanco Holiday Tournament.
The Lions downed the host Mules 45-34 in the championship game Saturday night, December 28 to give their coach Don Dimoff his 500th career victory.
Trailing ELCO 15-12 after a lackluster first half, the Solanco girls basketball team was in desperate need of a spark.
Senior Jenna Dombach delivered.
Dombach scored 10 of her team's 12 third quarter points as the Mules took the lead for good on the way to a 34-28 triumph Wednesday, December 18.
Solanco girls basketball coach Chad McDowell has heard the whispers and he has a message for anyone who thinks the Mules recent run of success has come to an end.
Chad McDowell views the Solanco Girls Basketball Camp as an opportunity for his high school players to accomplish two objectives while serving as instructors.
The Mules varsity coach says the camp provides his players with a way to give back and say thank you.