BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Winning its first Brookville Christmas Tournament title since 2015, DuBois Central Catholic used a strong defensive effort in a 37-28 win over DuBois.
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The win avenged a 33-23 loss to the Lady Beavers in DuBois back on Dec. 8.
Tournament MVP Faith Jacob scored nine points and pulled down 22 rebounds while all-tourney pick Kaylee Risser scored 11 points with six rebounds.
Jacob, who was also named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game talked about the win.
Using a triangle-and-two defense, DCC limited DuBois to 16 percent shooting (9-for-55) and took the lead for good at the end of the first quarter on a Jacob putback for an 8-7 lead. It led 22-11 at halftime and 24-16 after three quarters.
The eight-point lead going to the fourth quarter was key considering DCC didn’t score a basket in the second half until 4:20 was left in the game on a Jacob basket that actually pushed the Lady Cardinals’ lead back to 10, 28-18.
Madison Rusnica scored 10 points for the Lady Beavers and earned all-tournament honors as well but DCC kept Rusnica scoreless until the 4:31 mark of the fourth quarter when she hit a pair of free throws. Rusnica’s first bucket didn’t come until 3:21 was left in the game.
MAPLEWOOD 49, WEST MIDDLESEX 39
LINESVILLE, Pa. – In a rematch of last season’s D10 Class 2A title game, Madison O’Hara scored 17 points as Maplewood earned a 49-39 win over West Middlesex.
Maplewood outscored the Big Reds 19-12 in the fourth quarter en route to the win.
Sadie Thomas had seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter for Maplewood, while Savannah O’Hara added 10 points.
Emma Mild had 21 points for West Middlesex, including a 10-of-13 effort from the foul line.
Maplewood will play Erie on Friday, while West Middlesex will play Conneaut.
PUNXSUTAWNEY 57, HAZLETON 49
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – For three quarters of its game against Hazleton in the Punxsutawney Christmas Tournament the hosts were in trouble.
Then, everything turned.
Trailing 45-32 going to the fourth quarter, Punxsutawney rode the suddenly hot shooting of Danielle Griebel to an improbable 57-49 victory over the Cougars thanks to a 25-4 fourth-quarter advantage.
Griebel, who had been held to three points through the first 24 minutes of the game, hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Punxsutawney charge.
Griebel finished with a game-best 17 points while adding three steals, two rebounds, and two assists.
Chloe Presloid added 12 points, five rebounds, five steals, and two assists in the win while Samantha Griebel chipped in 11 points, three assists, and two rebounds.
Alexis Reimold paced Hazleton with 12 points with Sophia Shults adding 11 points and Lacie Kringe 10 with eight coming in the first quarter.
CLARION-LIMESTONE 45, REYNOLDS 32
HADLEY, Pa. – Clarion-Limestone outscored Reyolds 18-4 in the first quarter on its way to 45-32 win over Reynolds at the Commodore Perry Tournament.
Alex Leadbetter led a balanced Clarion-Limestone effort with 12 points, nine of which came in the first half.
Alyssa Wiant added 10 points for C-L, while Lexi Coull added eight points.
Lea Miller and Marissa Hillyer had nine points each for Reynolds.
ERIE 69, CONNEAUT 45
LINESVILLE, Pa. – Aubrey Neavins poured in 20 points as Erie earned a 69-45 win over Conneaut in the CASH Tournament.
Aundraya Neavins tallied 16 points for Erie, which built a 38-22 halftime lead en route to the win. Aliece Taylor also chipped in with nine points.
Lainie Harrington scored a game-high 23 points for Conneaut, while Carly Perrye added seven. Harrington also had seven rebounds and two steals, while Morgan Poff and Eliza Harrington added five rebounds each.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 35, RIDGWAY 30
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Syd Alexander scored 13 points to lead Elk County Catholic to a 35-30 win over Ridgway in the opening round of the Elk County Tournament at St. Marys High School.
Samantha Straub and Lucy Klawuhn each added points for the Lady Crusaders.
Jenna Kasmierski and Gabby Amacher each scored eight points for Ridgway.
ST. MARYS 60, JOHNSONBURG 16
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Jayssa Snelick led a trio of St. Marys players in double digits with 14 points to lead St. Marys to a 60-16 win over Johnsonburg in the opening round of the Elk County Tournament at St. Marys High School.
Izzy Catalone added 13 points for the Lady Dutch with Oliva Ecklels chipping in 11 points.
Ella Lindberg had six points to lead Johnsonburg.
GREENVILLE 53, FORT LEBOEUF 17
HERMITAGE, Pa. – Greenville jumped out to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter on its way to a 53-17 win in the Sally Ward Classic at Hickory.
Anna Harpst and Josie Lewis led a balanced Grenville effort with 14 points each, while Grace Cano added seven.
Jillian Soder paced Fort LeBoeuf with 11 points.
NESHANNOCK 82, HICKORY 27
HERMITAGE, Pa. – Marian Haggerty scored 30 points as Neshannock earned an 82-27 win over Hickory in the Sally Ward Classic.
Aaralyn Nogay added 16 points for Neshannock in the win.
Mariah Swanson led Hickory with eight points.
MONITEAU 37, SHARON 24
MERCER, Pa. – Catherine Kelly and Allie Pry combined to score 24 of Moniteau’s 37 points in a 37-24 win over Sharon in the opening round of the Mercer Christmas Tournament.
Kelly led the Lady Warriors with 13 points with Pry adding 11.
Kendall Sankey grabbed 10 rebounds in the win and also scored six points.
Leigha Root led Sharon with eight points.
GENERAL MCLANE 36, SENECA 33
FAIRVIEW, Pa. – General McLane outscored Seneca 14-6 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 36-33 in the Fairview Tournament.
Libby Opp keyed the rally for GM, scoring eight of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3’s.
Bailey Cannon added eight points for GM.
Lauren Konkol and Abby Wisniewski had eight points apiece for Seneca.
NORTHWESTERN 40, UNION CITY 30
FAIRVIEW, Pa. – McKayla Presser-Palmer scored 19 points as Northwestern earned a 40-30 win over Union City in the Fairview Tournament.
Brooke Miller added eight points for Northwestern in the win.
Brooke VanTassel had 10 points to pace Union City.
WILMINGTON 63, DEER LAKES 20
BESSEMER, Pa. – Lia Krarup poured in 30 points as Wilmington earned a split at the Mohawk Tournament with a 63-20 win over Deer Lakes.
Alyssa Flick added 10 points for Wilmington, which improved to 8-2 with the win.
Layne Loper had eight points for Deer Lakes.
BROOKVILLE 54, BROCKWAY 33
BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Jumping out to a 14-0 lead, Brookville notched its first win of the year, 54-33, in the consolation game of its own Christmas Tournament.
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Eden Wonderling, an all-tournament player, scored 22 points and finished with nine rebounds and four steals to pace the Lady Raiders. She was named the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Player of the Game and talked about the win.
Reggan Olson hit three 3-pointers and scored a career-high 12 points. Kerstyn Davie scored six points.
Sophia Schmader finished with 10 points to lead the Lady Rovers. Mallory Smith had seven points with Madelyn Schmader scoring six points with 11 rebounds.
HOPEWELL 41, GROVE CITY 34
NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Hopewell outscored Grove City 16-9 in the third quarter en route to a 41-34 win over Grove City in the Laurel Tournament.
Lauryn Speicher led Hopewell with 15 points, 12 of which came in the second half, while Caylee Sunoy added six points.
Piper Como had 11 points to pace Grove City, while Delaney Callihan added nine points and Karis Perample eight.
PORTVILLE (N.Y.) 43, PORT ALLEGANY 31
ALLEGANY, N.Y. – Lilli Bently scored 17 points to lead Portville (N.Y.) to a 43-31 win over Port Allegany in the Joe DeCarbo IAABO Showcase at Allegany-LImestone (N.Y.) High School.
Evin Stauffer led Port Allegany with 14 points.
MERCYHURST PREP 43, APOPKA (Fla.) 41
ORLANDO, Fla. – Mercyhurst Prep finished its Florida trip 2-1 with a 43-41 win over Apopka (Fla.) in the Jim Clark Classic at Bishop Moore High School.
Olivia Kulyk led the way for Mercyhurst Prep, pouring in 19 points on her way to earning all-tournament honors.
Lillirose Lang was also in double figures for the Lakers with 11 points.
Janiya Johnson led Apopka with 16 points.
WILLIAMSON 38, NORTHERN POTTER 27
TIOGA, Pa. – Taylor Rae Jones scored a game-high 20 points to lead Williamson past visiting Northern Potter, 38-27.
Reagan Slawson paced Northern Potter with 14 points with Rebecca Martin adding nine points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists.
MERCER 42, AMBRIDGE 24
MERCER, Pa. – Behind 13 points from Ashlyn Heckathorn, Mercer earned a 42-24 win over Ambridge in the opening round of the Mercer tournament.
Ava Godfrey added seven points for Mercer, which limited Ambridge to six points in the first half en route to the win.
Delaney Moore had seven points to lead Ambridge.