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Glendale holds off Williamsburg for title

WILLIAMSBURG — Last season, the Glendale girls basketball team won just eight games, and this season, it almost managed to match that in December alone.

The Lady Vikings (6-2) had to sweat out the Lady Blue Pirate Holiday Tournament championship but survived, winning 59-52 over Williamsburg (3-5) Friday night at Williamsburg Community High School.

“We have quite a few girls on this team who put a lot of time in outside of just regular practices, or the three months of the season,” Glendale coach Beth Campbell. “I think that’s new for Glendale. That means that there’s someone pushing you everyday. You cannot be complacent.”

The first quarter started off more on the defensive side before a Kyla Campbell 3, and a three-point play from Olivia Reese got the Vikings off to an 9-3 lead.

Williamsburg answered back, though, on a long jumper from Kendel Norris for two of her 11 points and a 3 from Marcella Lynn to make it 18-16 Glendale after the opening stanza.

“(Williamsburg) just never gave up,” Campbell said. “There was a couple of times where we got a little bit of a lead — six, seven points — and you felt like you might get a little bit of breathing room and they just barreled back.”

Campbell, the tourney MVP, ended with a game-high 20 points, and Reese finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 steals going 8-for-12 from the free-throw line.

Jayla Woodruff led the Lady Pirates with 15 points, while Lynn added 13.

Coming out of the locker room trailing 30-27, Williamsburg looked like it was ready to take over as Krista Simpson knocked down an and-1 for two of her eight points with 7 minutes to go in the quarter and moments later came up with a block.

Madison Lukehart stopped that rally with a 3-ball to give the Lady Vikings a 41-40 lead after the third.

Simpson in the fourth gave the Lady Pirates one last chance, drawing the bonus to cut the deficit down to one.

Lilley Vereshack, though, put the game away with a hook shot to give Glendale what was then a three-point lead.

“(Vereshack, Hanna Noel and Lukehart) have to perform, and they did today,” Campbell said. “They didn’t turn the ball over, they put it in the hoop when they needed to.”

Williamsburg coach Amy Hileman is confident in her team’s chance to keep improving.

“We were with them the whole entire game, but the start of the fourth quarter we got a little sloppy, started to throw the ball away,” she said. “We’re still getting rattled a little bit when it comes to pressure situations. I told the girls these are all awesome learning experiences that we are being tested early.”

Earlier, Northern Bedford pulled away to win the consolation game over Moshannon Valley, 53-34. Allie Snider led all scorers with 15 points and Madison Johnson chipped in 12. Aubrey Dotts led the Damsels with 13 points while Sydney Bubb added 12.

Bubb, Johnson, Woodruff, Norris and Reese made the all-tournament team. Casey Kuhn from Glendale took home the sportsmanship award while Simpson was named the defensive player.

CHAMPIONSHIP

GLENDALE (59): Reese 2 8-12 12, Campbell 5 8-8 20, Lukehart 3 1-2 8, Noel 3 0-0 6, Vereshack 3 0-2 6, Sinclair 1 0-0 2, Best 0 0-0 0, Kuhn 2 0-0 5. Totals — 19 17-24 59.

WILLIAMSBURG (52): Woodruff 6 3-6 15, Webb 2 0-0 4, Lynn 5 0-0 13, Norris 5 1-4 11, Simpson 3 1-3 8, Brenneman 0 0-0 0, Carper 0 0-0 0, Bem 0 1-2 1. Totals — 21 6-16 52.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Glendale 18 12 11 19 — 59

Williamsburg 16 11 13 12 — 52

3-point field goals: Glendale 4 (Campbell 2, Lukehart, Kuhn); Williamsburg 4 (Lynn 3, Simpson)

Records: Glendale (6-2); Williamsburg (3-5)

Referees: Bob Gongloff, Joe Stephan, Mike Felus.

CONSOLATION

NORTHERN BEDFORD (53): S. Heck 2 1-3 5, Johnson 5 2-7 12, Nycum 1 0-0 2, Snider 6 1-5 15, Kochara 3 3-6 9, Kichman 1 0-0 2, Hall 1 1-2 3, Stenning 0 0-0 0, Higgins 1 0-2 2, E. Heck 0 0-0 0, Richy 0 0-0 0. Totals — 20 8-25 53.

MOSHANNON VALLEY (34): Bubb 2 7-12 12, Dotts 2 9-12 13, Wilson 2 0-0 4, Davis 1 0-1 3, Murawski 1 0-0 2, Greenawalt 0 0-0 0, Demko 0 0-0 0, Domanick 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals — 8 16-25 34.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Northern Bedford 4 11 23 12 — 53

Moshannon Valley 2 15 4 13 — 34

3-point field goals: Northern Bedford 2 (Snider 2); Moshannon Valley 2 (Bubb, Dotts)

Records: Northern Bedford (3-5); Moshannon Valley (0-7)

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