By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
BETHLEHEM – Moriah Murray, Gianna Delfino and Victoria Toomey all scored in double figures Tuesday night as Dunmore won a battle of unbeatens and avenged a season-ending loss from two years ago by beating Saint Basil Academy, 47-37, at Freedom High School.
Defending Class 5A boys state champion Abington Heights pulled out a 54-52 win over Mastery North at Liberty High on a night when District 2 teams went 4-4.
The Scranton Prep boys and Old Forge girls also advanced.
The Nanticoke and Crestwood boys as well as the Hazleton Area and Holy Cross girls had their seasons come to an end.
Dunmore scored the first nine points and never trailed.
The Lady Bucks did, however, have some anxious moments when they struggled with turnovers in the second half. A 12-point, second-quarter lead shrunk to five.
That’s when Murray stepped to the forefront.
The freshman guard ended a 3:56 scoreless stretch by the Lady Bucks with a 3-pointer, then a three-point play on a backdoor cut off a feed from Delfino.
When Saint Basil scored the next basket, Murray answered with two foul shots.
Toomey then hit Delfino for a layup off a high-low set to complete a 10-2 run and give Dunmore a 41-28 lead with 3:02 remaining.
Murray did not miss a shot in the fourth quarter when she had 8 of her 14 points.
Delifino went 4-for-4 from the floor while also scoring 14. She also had team-highs of six rebounds and three steals.
Toomey dominated early, going 8-for-8 from the line in the first quarter. She finished with 12 points.
Lisa Tallo chipped in with five points, five assists and two steals.
The Lady Bucks overcame 17 turnovers by shooting 60 percent (12-for-20) from the floor, 44.4 percent (4-for-9) from 3-point range and 86.4 percent (19-for-22) from the line.
Casey Remolde, like Toomey, a returning second-team, all-state selection in Class 3A, led Saint Basil with 14 points.
Jack Nealon hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 21 seconds left to move Abington Heights into the quarterfinals.
The Comets were behind several times in the second half in the game, which matched two of the top five Class 5A teams in the pennlive.com and Sunbury Daily Item state rankings.
Nealon finished with 14 points.
George Tinsley led the Comets with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocked shots.
Scranton Prep had five players score in double figures while cruising to a 76-50 Class 4A win over Wilson Area in the opener of a doubleheader at Hazleton Area.
Rhys Merritt and Brian Boland each scored eight in the first quarter to get the Cavaliers out to a 23-6 lead.
Merritt finished with 19 points. Leo O’Boyle added 13. Boland, Mario Rotell and Michael Skoff added 10 each.
Old Forge knocked off District 3 champion Linden Hall, 32-29, in a Class 2A game at Easton Middle School.
Lindsey Welsh led the Lady Devils with 15 points.
Old Forge overcame allowing the game’s first eight points and not scoring a field goal in the first quarter.
The Dunmore girls took out a team ranked first in the state in the class by tribhssn.triblive.com.
Nanticoke tried to duplicate the effort in the second half of the doubleheader at Bethlehem Freedom.
Top-ranked Bonner-Prendergast rattled off 45 second-half points to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and defeat the Trojans, 70-52.
Nate Kreitzer led Nanticoke with 29 points, including 19 in the first half when he made all 4 of his steals.
University of Miami recruit Isaiah Wong scored all 11 of his points in the second half to wind up as one of five Friars in double figures.
Pottsville defeated Crestwood, 59-46, in Class 5A boys at Hazleton Area.
Neshaminy knocked the Hazleton Area girls out of the 6A tournament for the second straight season with a 70-40 romp at Bethehem Liberty.
York Catholic defeated Holy Cross, 42-25, in Class 3A girls at Hamburg Area.
MORE AHEAD: Return to NEPABasketball.com Wednesday and beyond for more on the state tournament.