Unbeaten Dunmore wins defensive struggle

Unbeaten Dunmore wins defensive struggle

By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Points were at a premium Saturday afternoon when state-ranked Class 3A girls basketball teams squared off for the District 2 championship at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

In a game where the teams held each other to their lowest point output of the season, there was still no stopping Moriah Murray with the game on the line.

Murray hit what proved to be the game-winning 3-pointer and had five points while Dunmore was scoring seven of the game’s last eight for a 33-27 victory over Holy Redeemer.

“It was a great game by both teams,” Dunmore coach Ben O’Brien said after the Lady Bucks repeated their 2018 championship game victory to remain unbeaten on the season.

Holy Redeemer held Dunmore to a single point in the second quarter to take a 12-10 halftime lead and the teams were tied until Murray connected from the left wing with 3:02 left for a 29-26 lead.

“They played amazing defense,” Dunmore all-state forward Victoria Toomey said. “The pressure; they played extremely tough, hard defense. It was hard to move around.”

Dunmore, which came into the day averaging more than 60 points per game and winning by an average of more than 33, came up with just enough offense in the second half.

“We kind of figured it out going into that second half and we were able to turn it around,” Toomey said.

After turning the ball over 11 times in the first half, Dunmore gave it up only three times in the second half.

“Holy Redeemer did a great job pressuring us,” O’Brien said. “After some initial struggles, especially in the first half, I thought our guards really took care of the ball.

“It wasn’t easy.”

Murray and Toomey finished with nine points each to tie Holy Redeemer’s Sam Yencha for high scorer in the game.

Of those points, Murray scored eight in the second half while Toomey had seven.

Even with their top two scorers finding ways to produce in the second half, Dunmore wound up 13 points short of its previous season low.

The Lady Royals were not the only ones playing defense.

Holy Redeemer, which went unbeaten in the Wyoming Valley Conference while winning Division 2 and Tournament titles, scored fewer than 41 points only twice all season. The other time was in a 63-31 rout at Dunmore in the second game of the season.

“That was Holy Redeemer’s second game of the year,” O’Brien said. “They had several players who were involved in volleyball.late into that season.

“It was like a completely different season. We knew it wasn’t going to be anything like that.”

Dunmore pulled out the win by holding Holy Redeemer to a single field goal in the fourth quarter.

Cameron Marcinkowski’s 3-pointer from the right corner with 4:16 left created the 26-26 tie.

The Lady Royals managed just one point the rest of the way.

They went 1-for-4 from the line down the stretch and 1-for-6 for the game.

Dunmore was 6-for-6 from the line in the last 4:37, 9-for-10 in the second half and 13-for-18 for the game.

Toomey hit two midway through the fourth quarter, Murray made both ends of a one-and-one with 37.2 seconds left for a 31-27 lead, then Lisa Tallo did the same with 15.2 seconds left to close the scoring.

Tallo finished with eight points, a game-high four assists and a team-high three steals.

Yencha grabbed eight rebounds and Karissa Spade made four steals for Holy Redeemer.

Both teams move into the state playoffs beginning March 8.

Dunmore plays Constitution from Philadelphia (14-6) at Lackawanna College at 6.

Holy Redeemer (23-4) meets District 4 champion Loyalsock Township (23-3) at 6:30 at Williamsport High School.

 

DISTRICT 2 CLASS 3A GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

Dunmore 33, Holy Redeemer 27

Holy Redeemer (23-4)

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Spade

  1-5

0-1

0-0

6

2

4

  2

Kuderka

  0-3

0-3

0-0

3

3

1

  0

Andrejko

  3-14

2-6

0-4

2

1

2

  8

Yencha

  4-10

0-0

1-2

8

0

0

  9

Macinkowski

  3-9

2-5

0-0

3

1

0

  8

Cicon

  0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

  0

Atherton

  0-1

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

  0

Team

11-42

4-16

1-6

25

7

7

27

Shooting Percentages: 26.2 on FG; 25.0 on 3PT; 16.7 on FT.

Team Rebounds: 2.

Turnovers: 10.

Team Fouls: 13.

Fouled Out: None.

Blocked Shots: 1 (Yencha 1).

 

Dunmore (25-0)

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Murray

2-8

1-2

  4-7

  1

0

1

  9

Delfino

1-2

0-0

  2-4

  9

1

1

  4

Tallo

3-7

0-2

  2-2

  4

4

3

  8

Chapman

1-2

1-2

  0-0

  1

0

1

  3

Toomey

2-10

0-0

  5-5

  7

1

0

  9

Talutto

0-0

0-0

  0-0

  0

0

0

  0

Team

9-29

2-6

13-18

27

6

6

33

Shooting Percentages: 31.0 on FG; 33.3 on 3PT; 72.2 on FT.

Team Rebounds: 5.

Turnovers: 14.

Team Fouls: 8.

Fouled Out: None.

Blocked Shots: 0.

 

Score by Quarters

Holy Redeemer

  7

  5

11

  4

27

Dunmore

  9

  1

13

10

33

 

Game Recap

Ties: 6.

Lead Changes: 3.

Biggest Holy Redeemer Lead: 5-1, 5:24 to 5:03-1st.

Biggest Dunmore Lead: 33-27, 0:15.2 to 0:00.0-4th.

 

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