Sarah Marakos hit a go-ahead three-pointer with just under 3 minutes to go, allowing Holy Spirit to outlast Lenape, 47-46, to highlight yesterday's girls' basketball action at the Boardwalk Classic in Wildwood.
Holy Spirit (3-0) ran out to a 19-3 lead behind the scoring of Teneshia Mobley (18 points), but the Indians (2-1) rallied on the strength of Christina Foggie's 26 points and four steals.
Moira Anthony's nine boards helped Lenape outrebound the Spartans, 38-28, but Holy Spirit came out on top on the scoreboard to capture the John Carlson Memorial semifinal and earn a berth in today's championship game against Archbishop Ryan (Pa.) - a 45-40 winner over Williamstown.
Rebecca Calabro 10 points and eight rebounds for Williamstown (1-2), which saw a three-point halftime lead evaporate in a 19-7 third-quarter run by Ryan (8-1). Sara Strybuc shot 8 for 15 from the field in scoring 21 for the Ragdolls, who made 14 of 20 free throws while the Braves made 1 of 4 attempts from the foul line.
The consolation game between Lenape and Williamstown is scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by the championship clash between Holy Spirit and Ryan at 6:30 p.m.
Nine points by Jessie Mooers paced a balanced attack and unbeaten Middle Township dominated the boards, 40-15, en route to a 44-23 semifinal win over Paul VI in Wildwood.
Kerri Weber had a game-high 10 points for Paul VI, but the Eagles (1-2) converted just 7 of 37 shots from the floor.
In the other semifinal, Carol Patalivo scored nine points for Highland (1-2), which shot 26 percent from the field in falling, 43-32, to Kennedy-Kenrick (Pa.).
Today's third-place game, between Paul VI and Highland, is set to tip off at 10:30 a.m. The bracket final, pitting Middle Township against Kennedy-Kenrick, is slated for 3:15 p.m.
Hopewell Valley Tournament.
Junior guard Brittany Young scored 14 of her 24 points in the third quarter - sparking a 12-3 run that put Northern Burlington ahead to stay - as the Greyhounds (1-1) ran away to a 57-40 semifinal win over Pennington.
Northern Burlington, the defending tournament champion, finished off the victory with Ashanti Vaughn picking up six of her 18 points in the final period.
Today's championship game, against either Hopewell Valley or Lawrence, is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Aleesha Powell scored 20 of her game-high 29 points in the second half, as Penn Charter rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat host Trenton Catholic, 60-51.
Nakaida Monroe-Thomas had 16 points and Bryona Canty scored 11 for the Iron Mikes.