SAC Holiday Tournament, Thursday edition: Bounce’s observations

It is SAC Holiday Tournament time again. Thursday opened three days of non-stop action with 18 total games, six per day at Wayne High School.

As usual, General athletic director Gary Raber has done an amazing job setting this tournament up and making it run smoothly.

We will have updates all day.

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Snider’s Payton Gorman dribbles near Wayne’s Emilia Diaz during December 26’s SAC Holiday Tournament opening game.

GIRLS: (8) SNIDER 51, (9) WAYNE 40

The host Generals came out fast in the tournament’s opening game, jumping out 8-0 on Snider, despite losing to them less than two weeks ago. Jasmine Mims extended the lead to 9-4 with three minutes to play in the first after being fouled on a three point attempt. Wayne freshman Shabrea O’Quinn stayed extremely active in the paint early as the Generals tried to live in that area while Snider played more perimeter and mid-range oriented.

But Snider then changed it up to at the end of the first, going to Marqueisha Weeks inside and letting her go to work. She drew foul after foul and cleaned up the offensive glass. She hit her first four free throws, causing problems for a Wayne team trying to figure out how to slow Weeks. The Panthers worked with their length and good for them for figuring out where they could dominate easiest with the size of Weeks and Samantha Kabisch drawing in the Wayne defense so they could hit shooters like Jada Kepney. Weeks’ rebounding was the most impressive part of the entire game. Snider extended their lead big early, but Wayne battled back only for Kepney to beat the buzzer with her third three to make it 27-18 at halftime in favor of the Panthers.

In the third, Wayne kept getting close but couldn’t cut into the deficit any closer than five points for much of the frame. The Panthers found their looks when they needed to maintain their lead as both teams looked a little labored in their energy during the second half of the 9 a.m. game. The second half was led by Snider’s Payton Gorman, who had non stop energy and made critical steals down the stretch, scoring on back to back possessions in the fast break to pull away. Gorman finished with a game high 20 points for the Panthers while Kepney added 13 and Weeks had 10 points and a hoard of rebounds.

Bounce’s Player of the Game: Marqueisha Weeks, Snider

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Northrop’s Qualen Pettus defends a Concordia Lutheran player during the first half of their December 26 SAC Holiday Tournament game at Wayne.

BOYS: (9) NORTHROP 51, (8) CONCORDIA LUTHERAN 35

The return of Qualen Pettus buoyed Northrop in the opening game on the boys side of SAC Holiday Tournament.

Pettus was injured late in the football season for the Bruins and had missed the first seven games of the campaign on the hardwood. He showed no ill effects from the injury, scoring nine points in the first half on the way to 14 for the game.

Northrop (2-6) broke open a six-point game at the break with a 15-point third quarter. The Bruins led by as many as 18 points in the second half.

The Bruins fed off the energy of Pettus. Elijah Fincher had a coast-to-coast take in the fourth quarter that electrified the crowd. Khamani Smith buried a trio of threes at pivotal moments. Tenoah Ridley got the assignment on Concordia senior Brayden Pearson and was able to limit the star scorer to 5-of-20 shooting from the field.

Concordia struggled to find the bottom of the bucket all game long. At one point in the second half, Pearson had four made field goals while the entire rest of the roster also had four field goals made.

For the game, Pearson finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Davis added eight points, although much of that came in the closing minutes from the free throw line. Senior Jaden Parnin was the only other Cadet to score more than three points, finishing with five.

Bounce’s Player of the Game: Qualen Pettus, Northrop

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Northrop’s TiAuna White grabs a rebound over a pair of North Side players during December 26’s SAC Holiday Tournament game at Wayne.

GIRLS: (7) NORTHROP 68, (10) NORTH SIDE 26

A 13-0 run in the second quarter to break open a seven-point game was the beginning of a relatively easy victory for the Bruins.

North Side (0-14) hung around for most of the first half and was within striking distance at 21-14 before the Bruins, led by Destiny Jackson and TiAuna White, were able to run away and hide, leading by 23 at halftime.

In Bounce’s opinion, North Side plays with a lot more effort under first-year coach Michael Wallace. But the talent gap is still significant. Ja’Shanek Brooks led the Legends with seven points.

White finished with a double-double for Northrop (5-6), scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Jackson scored plenty early on, but became a facilitator as the game progressed, finishing with nine points and six assists.

J’Asia Scott (14 points), Amanda Thatcher (11) and Jasmine Perry (10) also finished in double figures for Northrop, who advance to play No. 2 seed Carroll at 4 p.m. Friday.

Bounce’s Player of the Game: TiAuna White, Northrop

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Bishop Dwenger’s Tobe Eke battles for positioning with North Side’s Jacob Lambert during their December 26 SAC Holiday Tournament game at Wayne.

BOYS: (7) BISHOP DWENGER 59, (10) NORTH SIDE 45

How important are the first few minutes of a game? Well, North Side found out against Bishop Dwenger.

The Legends came out looking flat and confused, allowing the Saints (2-4) to score the first 11 points of the game.

After that, the game was fairly even, but the damage was done. North Side would pull to within four in the fourth quarter but was never able to complete the comeback.

Brenden Lytle displayed the leadership and court vision that he is known for on the gridiron. While he finished with 17 points, he scored just six after the break while making play after play as a facilitator. The junior finished with seven assists.

The Legends closed to within five points several times in the second half, but the Saints had an answer every time. Xavier Nolan finished with 17 points while Braden Groves added 11. Bishop Dwenger played without sophomore Owen Shively.

North Side (1-6) was paced by Jacob Lambert’s 14 points while Rodney Woods added 10. The Legends turned the ball over 23 times overall.

Bounce’s Player of the Game: Brenden Lytle, Bishop Dwenger

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Bishop Luers’ Delaney Bailey moves away from the defense of Concordia Lutheran’s Cerenity Adams during their December 26 SAC Holiday Tournament game at Wayne.

GIRLS: (4) BISHOP LUERS 49, (5) CONCORDIA LUTHERAN 26

Delaney Bailey connected on 4-of-6 three-point attempts and finished with 17 points as Bishop Luers made easy work of the Cadets in the finals girls game of the dat.

Bailey entered Thursday averaging eight points a game, but she scored the first seven points as the Knights jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Bailey hit 6-of-9 from the field for the game and added four rebounds.

Concordia Lutheran (8-5) never looked comfortable on the offensive end. Senior Elle Fritcha led them in scoring with 11 points, but no one else scored more than five points.

Senior Lydia Reimbold was held to only four points on 2-of-9 shooting. Bishop Luers (9-4) played without seniors Kennedy Glenn and Libby Bierbaum.

Ball control was also an issue for the Cadets, who finished with 20 turnovers.

Bounce’s Player of the Game: Delaney Bailey, Bishop Luers

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Carroll’s Ryan Preston defends South Side’s Kamron Mitchell during the first half of their December 26 SAC Holiday Tournament game.

BOYS: (4) CARROLL 60, (5) SOUTH SIDE 50

The Chargers never trailed in their matchup with the Archers on Friday, with Jalen Jackson leading the way with 17 points for Carroll.

Coach Marty Beasley’s team scored the first six points of the contest to take control early. Despite that, South Side kept the game close throughout, even after junior Austin Jordan left the game in the first quarter with a left knee injury.

South Side tied the game at 42 early in the fourth quarter, but Carroll scored the next nine points to take back control.

Kamron Mitchell scored 19 points to lead the the Archers (3-2). Treveon Jones added 10 for South Side in defeat, as well as Ashton Johnson.

Carroll improves to 6-1 on the season. Ryan Preston scored 10 points while Ray Vollmer added nine.

Bounce’s Player of the Game: Jalen Jackson, Carroll

 

 

 

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