Lebanon Catholic girls win PIAA State Basketball Championship

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – The Lebanon Catholic girls have won their third state basketball championship in school history, beating Juniata Valley 55-43 Friday  in the 1A girls basketball championship at Giant Center in Hershey

Lebanon Catholic trailed early but went on an 11-0 run to take the lead. They went on  another 7-0 run to start the second quarter to lead by ten at the half and heading into the 4th quarter. Junior Alexis Hill led all scorers with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

“It feels great to have (the gold medal) around my neck with the best team ever and the best coach. It’s just a really good journey’s end.”

Patti Hower was the head coach for Lebanon Catholic for its first two state championships in 1992 and 1995. 22 years later, the love for coaching comes in the players she’s had over the years, “Every team’s special. Even the teams who only win 7 or 8 games. The reason I’ve stayed in it as long as I have is because we’ve got great kids.”



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