This time of year in high school basketball, it’s one and done, which means that all it takes is one loss, and the season is over.
And so it was for the Northumberland boys’ varsity basketball team last week as a 59-53 victory at home over Lancaster on Tuesday was followed by a heartbreakingly close 49-48 loss on Thursday to Washington and Lee at Lancaster.
On Tuesday, by virtue of their regular season third place finish, the Indians hosted their longtime rival, the Lancaster Red Devils. More was riding on this game than most of the players may have realized—it was the game that gave Northumberland coach Michael Stevenson his 200th career varsity win.
By game’s end, the fans had more than their money’s worth, the Indians had pulled out a first-round win and the Wizard of the Hardwood had his 200th victory in just 12 seasons.
When Lancaster and Northumberland come together in basketball, it is often a fierce matchup, and this game was no exception. The Indians, behind a red-hot shooting exhibition on the part of Wesley Jackson, took an apparently insurmountable first-period lead, 18-6.
But the singing fat lady wasn’t even ready to tune up for this game as the Red Devils came back and closed the halftime gap to just seven points at 26-19.
The Indians increased their lead to nine points heading into the final eight minutes of play. Lancaster would close the gap, but the…
—Read the February 26 issue of the Northumberland Echo for the full story!