|YOUTH BASKETBALL (GIRLS): TIOGA EDGES S-VE IN FINALS OF CANDOR TOURNAMENT (2018-03-02)
Valley Sports Report
CANDOR — The Tioga 5th-grade girls basketball team, coached by Larry Luther, went 4-0 to win the Candor Tournament over the weekend.
Tioga opened the tournament with a 19-10 win over Candor, then beat Lansing, 22-7.
In the semifinals, Tioga beat Lansing again, this time 22-8.
In the finals, Tioga squared off against S-VE and prevailed in a hard-fought, 10-8, decision.
Tioga, which beat S-VE 14-12 during the regular season, jumped out to a 6-2 lead with buckets by Erin Luther, Mattie Whitmore, and Talia Speers.
S-VE rallied to to take an 8-6 lead in the third quarter.
Tioga’s Alexis Firestine hauled down a pair of offensive rebounds. On the second, she dished the ball to Luther, who canned a short jumper to tie the game at 8-8.
With 35 seconds remaining in the game, Tioga turned the ball over, but moments later Rae Ann Feeko stole an S-VE pass and went in for a lay-up to put Tioga ahead at 10-8.
Faith Brechtly scored all eight points in the loss for S-VE.
Joanne Merrick had several rebounds for Tioga, Natalie Young created havoc with a few tie-ups and “spitfire” Emily Olmstead played “great defense and offense.”
Brooke Delmage made her first career basket on Saturday, but was unable to play Sunday due to illness.
IN PHOTO: Tioga’s 5th-grade girls basketball team. … PHOTO SUBMITTED.
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