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Kendall, Roy-Hart bow in tournament finals

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Shelby Reis (00) drives against School of the Arts defender Precious Adam during the host Lady Eagles tournament title game loss this evening.

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.

Kendall 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.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Jaime Smith (23) rebounds against Brielle Harris and Imani Spain of School of the Arts.

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.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Becky Harnish looks to shoot against Nichols defenders Jennifer Roach (3) and Lauren Cromwell (15) during the host Lady Rams tournament title loss this evening.

Roy-Hart Tournament

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.