By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
POTTSVILLE – Now, there is one.
The unbeaten Dunmore Lady Bucks, the last basketball team standing from District 2, are headed to the Giant Center in Hershey to play for a state title after overwhelming Trinity, 50-24, Monday night.
After Dunmore secured its trip to the state final, the team that won it all a year ago finally had its title run come to an end.
Abington Heights, the defending state Class 5A boys champion, had its season end in overtime in the state semifinals with a 63-53 loss to Archbishop Wood from Philadelphia.
Dunmore left no doubts that it was ready to be the next Lackawanna League team to make the trip to Hershey.
Playing in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 3A semifinal at Martz Hall, the Lady Bucks continued their state tournament trend of fast starts. They opened an 11-1 lead before Trinity’s first field goal with 2:20 left in the first quarter, pushed the advantage to 17-3 and never let the Shamrocks any closer after that.
Dunmore heads into Thursday’s 6 p.m. final at the Giant Center having already dispatched of three of the top four Class 3A teams in state rankings – they occupied the other spot in the top four – as they prepare to face Delone Catholic.
Delone Catholic, the District 3 runner-up in a loss to Trinity, defeated Central Cambria, 47-39, in Monday’s other state semifinal.
Dunmore had little trouble with the District 3 champions.
Playing against a pair of 6-foot-plus post players on their way to NCAA Division I schools, Dunmore clearly had the superior inside combination in Victoria Toomey and Gianna Delfino.
Toomey scored a game-high 14 points.
Delfino had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Lisa Tallo scored seven of her nine points in the second half and led the team with three steals.
Moriah Murray was slowed by first-half foul trouble, but still provided eight points and a game-high six assists.
Anna Talutto filled in for Murray and had six points and three rebounds in the second quarter to make sure the Lady Bucks kept expanding their lead, which reached 30-8 at halftime.
Dunmore heads to Hershey with a perfect 29-0 record.
Abington Heights came within two wins of repeating as Class 5A boys champion.
The Comets led by as many as seven in the second quarter of their semifinal at Bethlehem Freedom. They had a shot at the win at the regulation buzzer before the Vikings moved in front early in overtime of the game matching the state’s last two champions in the class.
George Tinsley had 16 of his 26 points in the first half for the Comets.
Trey Koehler added 10 points. Corey Perkins scored nine points, all in the first half, and Jack Nealon had eight.
The Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class 5A champion Comets finished 26-3.
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