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Barker claims Kendall Tournament title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Caitlyn Mason (3), who earned MVP honors, drives around Kendall’s Elizabeth Rath (2) during the Lady Raiders victory over the host Lady Eagles this evening in the championship game of the Kendall Tournament.

Sparked by an aggressive, ball hawking defense, Barker defeated the host Lady Eagles 30-22 this evening in the championship game of the Kendall Against Cancer Girls Basketball Tournament.

“Our defense was the key for us,” said Barker Coach Jeff Costello whose Lady Raiders limited Kendall to a total of only 12 points over the last three quarters. “Our defense was really good for the whole tournament,” he added.

Melissa Grosshans scored 8 points, Morgan Brown and Maicie Baker 7 each, Caitlyn Mason 4, Lindsey Williams 3 and Courtney Bodine 1 to lead the balanced attack for Barker. Mason was named the tournament’s MVP while Grosshans was named to the All Tournament team.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Taylor Kingsbury (4) , who was named to the All Tournament team, looks to drive against Barker’s Maicie Baker (11).

Taylor Kingsbury took game high scoring honors for Kendall with 12 points as Taylor ReQua added 5, Elizabeth Rath and Sarah Gardner 2 each and Tania Arellano 1. Kingsbury and Arellano were both named to the All-Tournament team.

Kingsbury scored six quick points in the opening quarter to spark Kendall out to a 10-6 lead.

However, Barker answered with an 11-5 second period scoring edge to rally into the lead for good by a 17-15 margin at the half. Two threes by Grosshans keyed that rally which also included a layup by Brown and a rebound bucket by Baker.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Melissa Grosshans, (23) who was named to the All Tournament team, puts up a shot against Kingsbury.

The Barker defense limited Kendall to just two points in the third period as the Lady Raiders extended their lead to 23-17. Grosshans had a jumper and Williams a three-point play to help the Lady Raiders increase their lead.

Brown then had a pair of rebound buckets and Mason two free throws in the final stanza to help Barker close out the win and earn the tourney title.

Barker is now 2-0 and Kendall 2-1.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Tania Arellano (11), who was named to the All Tournament team, drives against Grosshans.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s players and coaches pose with the tournament trophy. In front are Rebecca Stoloski, Kelsi Flegal, Melissa Grosshans, Caitlyn Mason and Lindsey Williams. In back Head Coach Jeff Costello, Courtney Bodine, Maicie Baker, Morgan Brown, Mary Rounds, Gabriella Wasnock and Assistant Coach Bill Moeller.

Consolation Game

SOTA 51, Holley 36
Locked in a close contest for three quarters, Rochester School of the Arts pulled away down the stretch to defeat Holley 51-36 for third place honors in the Kendall Tournament.

SOTA led by narrow margins of 9-8 after one period, 24-21 at the half and 32-26 after three quarters.

Jade Underwood, who was named to the All-Tournament team, led Holley with 11 points. Sam Barniak added 9, Tabitha Swift 6, Emily Bailey and Makenzie Ferranti 4 each and Nikki Siplo 2 for the Lady Hawks.

Holley’s Jade Underwood (40) who was named to the All Tournament Team, drives to the basket against SOTA’s Tierra Thomas (31).

Roy-Hart Tournament

Roy-Hart 45, Bennett 33
The host Lady Rams defeated Bennett 45-33 this evening for third place honors in the Roy-Hart Tournament.

Emma Lindke scored 16 and Taylor Fry 11 to lead the Roy-Hart attack. Kendra Hill added 8, Rachel Rausch 6 and Sarah Duewiger 4. Fry was named to the All-Tournament team.

Roy-Hart led 22-16 at the half.