HEUVELTON - Before the championship game of Heuvelton Centrals 12th Annual Cindy Brady Memorial Girls Basketball Tournament, Coach Rob Powers told his host Lady Bulldogs that St. Lawrence Central would present a very difficult matchup.
St. Lawrence Central is very athletic and very physical and they are very well coached, said Coach Powers after his Bulldogs answered a stern third quarter challenge by the Larries of the NAC Central to secure a 55-37 victory and repeat championship.
The Larries (3-3), coached by Chad Gauthier, also proved to be extremely resilient as they staged a concerted comeback against a 17-6 first quarter deficit.
A comeback, which was anchored by a hyper-active zone defense, climaxed midway through the third quarter when SLC took a 29-28 lead. Bailee Gauthier banked home a three-pointer, Jenna Kenser hit a pull-up in the lane and power forward Lindsey Thayer converted a strong move to the goal.
The Bulldogs (4-0), who dominated the first quarter with their all-out attack fullcourt defense, received a timely offensive spark when Maddie St. Pierre answered with seven straight points on two jumpers and a driving three-point play.
The Bulldogs followed up the quick spurt with a 20-8 fourth quarter where Tournament MVP Alexis Weidner, who snatched five steals and delivered three assists, tallied eight points. St. Pierre finished with a game-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as an All-Tourney selection along with her sister Olivia St. Pierre who delivered 11 points with 5-6 free throw shooting, 11 rebounds and five steals
I just loved the way Alexis Weidner played today. On defense she made people uncomfortable all of the time and offensively she just kept taking the ball strong even if she got her shot blocked, said Powers.
It was a big win for us as we get ready to play Hammond on Friday. Maddie St. Pierre stepped up her offense when we needed it, Olivia St. Pierre had a big play did a nice job defensively against Lindsey Thayer who is so tough. Logan Tallman was really poised with the ball at the point, Hannah Thornhill was all over the place on defense and Paige McCornick had a solid tournament.
Thayer finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, three assists and five blocks representing SLC on the All-Tournament Team along with Bailee Gauthier who produced seven points and 10 rebounds.
Chelsea Savage tallied nine points and Haleigh Agans grabbed 12 rebounds and passed out five assists.
We came back and made a good run tonight, said Coach Gauthier who says his team enjoys the challenge of playing in the Central Division.
The team is coming along well.
HEUVELTON JVS REPEAT
The Heuvelton JVs, coached by Austin Weakfall, also repeated as tournament champions in an outstanding defensive performance which produced a 37-12 title game win over Lisbon.
The Bulldogs were led by Tournament MVP Kaden Mack tallied eight points and all-star pick Alex Steele and Kristi Donnelly finished with seven and six. Nathalie Barr also earned an All-Tournament pick for HCS.
Claire Donaldson and Sierra Dobbs scored six and five points as Lisbons all-star picks.
Lisbon 68 - C-P 56: The Golden Knights overcame a relentless 36-point performance by Morgan Doyle to take third place with a balanced offense which featured 17 points from Alex Amo and Jackie Sovie and 15 points from All-Tournament selection Beth Crowley. Amo scored 11 points in the third quarter, Crowley scored eight in the fourth and Maddie Vine tallied 13 points with a three-pointer with 1:02 to play, her third of the game, that sealed the issue.
Doyle netted three threes and made 19 of 28 free throws anchoring the Colts as an All-Tournament selection.C-P also received a 16-point effort from Cortney Marsh.
The JV consolation game went two overtimes before C-P secured a 35-30 win over St. Lawrence Central led by Madison Gregg who tallied six of her 10 points in the overtimes and 12 from All-Tourney selection Katelyn Carey.
All-Tourney selection Dana Felix tallied nine points for SLC and Gabi Ramsdell added eight.