By Brody Patmore
Red Lion boys basketball season started early December with a 58-40 win against Mifflin County. Just under two months later the season came to an end Wednesday, Feb. 5 as the Lions fell to Dallastown by a final score of 56-46.
The teams season ended with a 10-12 overall record and 4-10 in YAIAA Division I play.
The team scored a total of 1,185 points through their 22 games averaging just under 54 points a game. On the defensive side they gave up 1,144 points averaging exactly 52 points against per game. Head coach Steven Schmehl completed his 12th year of coaching. “I felt like we were very competitive in each and every game and not far away from being a playoff team” said Schmehl.
The future for the team has some good potential. Next year the team will return three starters that will all be juniors. “We will return four of our top six scorers and anticipate being very competitive in the next couple seasons.” said Schmehl.
“We need to shoot the ball better and take care or it better next year” said Schmehl on what the team needs to improve. As for the teams strengths, Schmehl felt toughness was a trait the team carried through the whole season.
A true testimony of that toughness came on Jan 22 when the lions faced York High, the eventual county champions. Red Lion played one of their best games of the season lead by senior Phillip Douglass who had 30 points. They took the best team in the league to two overtime periods before losing by a final score of 79-69.
Douglass was one of the top scorers on the team and will be missed next season. “I’ll miss the free feeling I get when playing the game,” said Douglass, “When I’m in the zone I feel like everything slows done, I have no care in the world but playing with all my effort.”