Knights Best Rosecrans
WHEELING — The Wheeling Central girls basketball team put together another impressive performance in the championship game of the Undo’s-Main Street bank holiday tournament on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University. The Maroon Knights went on 13-2 run during a five minute span of the first quarter as they defeated Bishop Rosecrans, 60-48 to claim the title.
“We set the tone early with our defense,” Maroon Knights coach Penn Kurtz said. “It was a defensive team effort. We were able to create some offense off of our defense. I was really pleased with the effort tonight.”
Riley Bennington gave the Maroon Knights their biggest lead of the first half as she hit her third 3-pointer to put the score at 29-15 with 2:07 left until halftime.
Bennington and freshman Eden Gainer both put up 17 points to lead the way for Wheeling Central. Bennington hit three shots from behind the arc while Gainer was solid at the free-throw line going 8 of 9.
Taylor Duplaga also scored in double figures as she compiled 11 points.
Bishop Rosecrans took advantage of some sloppy offense in the third quarter by the Maroon Knights as the Bishops were able to trim the lead to single digits and went on a 5-0 spurt to put the score at 34-25.
“We have a tendency to get out of position a little bit which creates turnovers for us,” Kurtz said. “We just had to settle down and get back to running the offense and taking advantage of what they were giving us.”
That was as close as they would get on a few occasions and Wheeling Central used a run of its own in the fourth quarter to take a 58-42 lead with 2:42 left as Gainer scored the final six points of a 9-3 run in a span of just more than two minutes.
With one final effort, the Bishops scored the next four points to put the score at 58-46 with one minute to play, but a pair of Duplaga free throws put the game away.
Abby Hutchenson had a team-high 19 points for the Bishops while Riley Hagy contributed with 16.
“I was proud of our girls,” Bishop Rosecrans coach Laura Hagy said. “They played well (Tuesday) and (Wheeling Central) was good. They brought a lot of pressure and wouldn’t let us get set up in an offense and that’s what threw us. They were a good team and it was a fun game to play.”
Bishop Donahue 49, Madonna 26
WHEELING — Madonna only tallied three points in the second quarter as Bishop Donahue rolled to a consolation victory in the Undo’s-Main Street Bank Holiday Tournament at Wheeling Jesuit.
Jewel Purpura led the Bishops with 14 points and Madi Menendez added eight in the win.
Gia Riccadonna finished with seven for Madonna.