Stephanie Holzer lifted the Cardinal O'Hara girls' basketball team on her shoulders, and with some help from Alicia Manning, brought home a Nike Tournament of Champions title yesterday.
Holzer's 13 points and 15 rebounds carried the Lions (9-0), ranked No. 6 in the USA Today Super 25, to a 48-41 win over Bolingbrook (Ill.) for the title in Phoenix.
Holzer is a Vanderbilt-bound senior.
Manning led the Lions with 14 points and hit a pair of three-point shots.
Bolingbrook came into the game on a high after giving No. 1 Oak Ridge (Tenn.) its first loss, 62-50, on Saturday night.
O'Hara made the finals with a 53-49 win over Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) in a Saturday semifinal.
Against Jesuit, Holzer led the Lions with 21 points, despite a scoreless fourth quarter due to foul trouble. Alysha Womack's steal and layup with 50 seconds left to put O'Hara up by 50-45.
St. Andrew's (Fla.) Tournament.
In Fort Lauderdale, Notre Dame got 11 points and four steals from tournament MVP Devon Kane in a 30-27 win over Lower Merion.
The two Delaware County schools fought their way through opposite brackets to play in the title game some 1,167 miles away.
Swenson beat Northeast Philadelphia neighbor Washington, 52-50, behind Mia Waring's 29 points, one shy of her 30-points-per-game average. Brittany Collier led the Eagles with 18 points.
All five starters scored in double figures for host West Philadelphia in its 60-45 win over Frankford. Nicole Boyd and Shanae Davis each scored 14 points, while Kadidra Johnson and Nidrah Williams each added 11 and Deborah Johnson finished with 10. Frankford's Waynesha Griffin led all scorers with 22 points.
University City jumped off to a 27-2 start in a 72-23 win over visiting Southern as Shakerah Frye led the way with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Quinnie Washington added 17 points. The Jaguars (6-1 overall, 4-0 league) showed superb floor balance on the offensive end as Desiree Lawrence and Antoinette Robinson added 16 points apiece. Robinson posted a double-double by adding 10 rebounds.
Chikilra Goodman's 26 points was the difference for Bodine in its 49-27 win at Dobbins. Angel Gaffney added 13 points for the Ambassadors (3-4, 2-1). Tyniqua Henderson's 15 points paced the Mustangs.
Coming off a state championship season, Mount St. Joseph is showing no signs of slowing down. The Magic ran their record to 8-0 with a 50-37 win over visiting St. Pius X. Senior forward Elle Hagedorn took over the game from the start and finished with 25 points and eight rebounds.
Hagedorn, who is headed to Harvard University, scored 11 of her points in the first quarter when the Magic went on a 21-10 run to start the game. They never trailed after that.
In other nonleague games:
Janaa Pickard and Mauricia Richardson each had 14 points and 12 rebounds for host Central in an 80-51 win over Germantown Friends. Pickard had another triple-double for the Lancers by adding 10 blocked shots. Najah Jacobs was the third Central player with 14 points as the trio overcame a 34-point effort by the Tigers' Nina Voith.
Host MaST Charter got 10 rebounds from Erin Holmes in a 40-27 win over Franklin Towne Charter.
Eleven players scored for host St. Basil in its 70-26 win over Lansdale Catholic. Jacqui Thompson scored 14 points and Erin Miller added 11 for the Panthers, who broke the game open with a 24-3 run to start the second half.
Monica Van Horn's 11 points helped Chichester to a 50-37 win over visiting Marple Newtown. Kellee Pace scored 10 points for the Eagles (3-5), six during a 17-7 run in the second quarter.