Kendall, Roy-Hart bow in tournament finals
Home court did not prove to be an advantage for either Kendall or Roy-Hart this evening.
Kendall dropped a narrow 37-34 decision to Rochester School of the Arts in the championship game of the host Lady Eagles Tournament.
Roy-Hart likewise lost 51-41 to visiting Nichols in the title game of the host Lady Rams Tip-Off Tournament.
A late comeback bid fell just short for Kendall.
Trailing by seven, 31-24, at the outset of the final quarter, Kendall battled back to within one at 35-34 after a three by Shelby Reis along with a lay-up off a steal and a rebound bucket, both by Nicole Browe.
However, the Lady Eagles could get no closer as a late bucket by Tamia Jones put a lock on the victory for School of the Arts. Jones finished with a game high 16 points.
Reis scored 14 to lead Kendall as Toni ReQua netted 8, Browe 7, Taylor Kingsbury 4 and Kari Hurlbutt 1.
Jones scored 10 in the sea-saw first half which featured four ties and seven lead changes finishing with School of the Arts up 21-18.
ReQua hit a pair of threes and Reis added six points to pace Kendall in the opening half.
Kendall’s last lead came early in the third period at 22-21 after a three and a free throw by Reis.
However, School of the Arts answered with seven points in a row, including a three and a lay-up off a steal by Krystal Hunter to regain the lead for good at 28-22.
In the consolation game, Edison Tech of Rochester nipped Holley 43-40 in overtime.
Nicole Blackburn scored 17 and Samantha Barniak 13 for Holley.
The contest was tied 37-37 at the end of regulation time.
Leading by a narrow 24-22 margin at the half, Nichols used a big 17-6 third period scoring edge to key the title win over Roy-Hart.
Val McNamara scored 13 of her game high 17 points, including two threes, to spearhead the decisive third period uprising which propelled Nichols out to a 41-28 lead at the three-quarter mark.
Nichols went on to lead by as many as 17, 47-30, in the final period and Roy-Hart could get no closer than 10 after that.
Taylor Fry scored 12, Becky Harnish 9, Emma Lindke 7, Kendra Hill 7 and Brianna Lewandowski 6 for Roy-Hart.
Hill scored seven, Fry six and Lewandowski four in the first half to keep the Lady Rams close.