The Lions Roar Behind Grace Tollinger, Getting off to a 5-0 Start

The Lady Lions hit the ground running under the leadership of Head Coach Don Dimoff in his 26th season as they hope to take the next step in contending for a district title.

Grace Tollinger, who has played basketball for 12 years, has high expectations for the team this year. “We have the talent to make it far in this year’s postseason,” Tollinger said, “but we need to stay disciplined throughout the season.”

The team is led by six seniors, Tollinger being one of them. “I am looking forward to the postseason with this team,” Tollinger said, “We have a different dynamic than the past three years which opens up new offenses we can play.” 

Tollinger also pointed out the fact that the team “is composed of many guards,” also saying that “we will have to adapt to playing bigger posts compared to other guards.” 

However, because they are a smaller team, she believes “they can outrun most other teams.”

The team is off to an incredible 5-0 start, most recently beating Central York 44-38. In addition to beating Central York, they have convincing wins against Ephrata, Manheim Township, York High, and Dover. 

“Our team has faced many challenges adapting to playing styles from other teams,” Tollinger said, “We have been working really hard at practice to replicate each team’s playing styles in order to overcome that struggle.” 

Tollinger will lead the Lions into their next matchup away at Warwick, where they look to continue their hot start.

Tollinger said that despite their undefeated start, there is still work to be done with bigger goals in mind. “We will continue to learn and develop as the season progresses,” Tollinger said.

Grace Tollinger wears her #5 jersey while she weaves through an opponent team. Grace has played basketball for twelve years and looks forward to her senior year. Photo by Ashlyn Lam.

By George Keene

Sports Editor

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