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December 29, 2008

Roundup: Holiday tournaments in full swing

Herald Staff reports



A total of 21 area basketball teams began play in 13 holiday tournaments on Monday in hopes of grabbing championships tonight.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Neshannock Tournament

ä Sharpsville 46, Hickory 32 — Senior Taylor Kress drilled in 17 points and classmate Katie Grandy added 11 to pace the Blue Darlings (5-2) over their neighboring rivals. Kress added 11 rebounds, while Grandy had 5 assists.

“It was a nice win,” said coach Jeff Hanley. “I think the team is starting ot adjust to a couple of injuries (Miranda Summers and Kelley Thompson). Taylor Kress and Katie Grandy really stepped up.”

For the Hornettes (4-3), Kelsey Trosch pumped home 15 points and 16 rebounds. Ashley Marriott had 6 boards.

Sharpsville will play Neshannock, a 47-27 winner over Cornell, in the title tilt at 7:30 tonight, while Hickory faces the loser in the 6 p.m. consy.

Jared Snyder Memorial Commodore Perry Holiday Tourney

ä Mercer 38, Conneaut Valley 34 — At Sheakleyville, the Lady M’s (5-3) grabbed an 11-point halftime lead, then had to hold off a furious Lady Indian 4th quarter rally to move into today’s title tilt.

Conneaut Valley outscored the locals 23-16 over the final 2 quarters to erase a 22-11 deficit and pulled within 36-34 on Brooke Warner’s 3-ball with 66 seconds left. But Claire Creasy and Kayce Jackal each knocked down a free throw in the closing seconds to ice the game.

Creasy led Mercer with 11 points, 5 steals, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while Alexa Rymniak tacked on a team-high 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Baylee Jones led CV with a game-high 12 points.

Mercer faces Allegheny-Clarion Valley in today’s title game at 2 p.m. — By Corey J. Corbin, Allied News sports editor

ä Allegheny-Clarion Valley 62, Commodore Perry 33 — At Sheakleyville, A-C Valley led 29-24 at halftime, but outscored the Lady Panthers 33-9 in the 2nd half.

Erin Larimore bucketed 20 points for A-C Valley; Jessica McClain led Commodore Perry (0-9) with 15 points.

CP faces Conneaut Valley in today’s consolation game at 12:30 p.m.

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