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Blue Raiders girls basketball team qualifies for tournament, will play York Catholic

Posted 2/14/18

A 1-2 record last week was enough to get the Blue Raiders girls basketball team into the PIAA District III Class AAA girls basketball tournament.

Six teams qualified, and Middletown, at 9-13 on …

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Blue Raiders girls basketball team qualifies for tournament, will play York Catholic

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A 1-2 record last week was enough to get the Blue Raiders girls basketball team into the PIAA District III Class AAA girls basketball tournament.

Six teams qualified, and Middletown, at 9-13 on the season, is the No. 6 seed. They will play York Catholic (11-12), the No. 3 seed, on the home court of the Fighting Irish at 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Win that, and they will play No. 2 seed Delone Catholic in the semifinals at West York Area High School at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Delone Catholic received a bye.

Trinity, at 17-1 on the season, is the No. 1 seed. They will play the winner of No. 4 seed Pequea Valley (12-10) and No. 5 seed Hanover (15-7). Those teams play Tuesday, Feb. 20. Trinity will play the winner at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 at West York.

The semifinal winners play for the title at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Giant Center.

The Blue Raiders went on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6 and defeated Boiling Springs, 63-51. They lost a tough one to Conestoga Valley at home on Thursday, Feb. 8, on a game-winning shot with two seconds left. They then lost to a very good Lower Dauphin team at home Friday, Feb. 9, 42-31. The Falcons are the No. 1 seed in the AAAAA bracket and will play Donegal at home Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Against the Bubblers, the Raiders outscored the home team 19-9 in both the first and third quarters, offsetting a 23-13 advantage enjoyed by Boiling Springs in the second quarter.

Sophomore Kate Fitzpatrick, the team’s leading scorer, went off for 34 points, along with 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Joci Koser had 14 points along with 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Makaila Nester had 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Jae Keller scored 4 points and had 7 rebounds. Morgan Noon had only 3 points but registered 10 rebounds. Nakia Scott had 2 points.

Against Conestoga Valley, the Blue Raiders blew a big lead and lost on a shot by Paige Miller with 2 seconds left. It was Miller’s only 2 points of the night.

Middletown led 13-5 after the first quarter, 20-14 at halftime and 33-24 through three. But the Buckskins scored 23 points to 12 for the home team to get the win.

Only four Blue Raiders scored. Fitzpatrick had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Koser added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Nester scored 10 and added 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Keller had 6 points and 7 rebounds. Noon didn’t score but had 7 rebounds.

Against Lower Dauphin, a bad second quarter cost the Blue Raiders. The Falcons scored more than half their points in that quarter — 22, to only 6 for Middletown. That erased a 9-6 lead the Blue Raiders had entering the period. Middletown outscored LD 10-6 in the third period, but the damage had been done.

Fitzpatrick scored 13 points with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Nester had 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists, with 6 steals. Keller had 5 points and 7 rebounds. Noon had 5 points and 4 rebounds. Ayanna Reeves had 2 points and 3 rebounds.