BOSWELL, Pa. – Lauren Donelson scored a record 17 points, Mollee Fry added 14 and United overtook and surpassed Somerset 60-36 to win the championship at the 55th annual Boswell Area Jaycees tournament on Wednesday night.
Delaney Perrone scored 11 points off the bench for the Lions, and Aleah Bevard and Jordyn Travis combined for 12 points.
After a tough shot in the first quarter, the Lions led only two, but outscored the Golden Eagles 14-5 in the second quarter largely by limiting them to a single shot from the offensive end.
Although the shots did not fall in the first half, United continued to have a quality appearance and put the game aside in the third quarter when they limited Somerset to just two field goals for the duration of the period.
“We were taking good shots, but the ball didn’t fall on us,” United coach Craig Bytner said of the half-time corrections. âWe talked at halftime about the importance of driving the basketball, trying to get them foul problems and getting to the free throw line.
âIt’s kind of our bread and butter this year. We just had to get back to our basics.
Donelson joined Fry in the All Tournament squad after breaking through three 3-pointers in the first half to trigger a stagnant United offense.
Gracie Bowers, who was on the tournament’s all-star team, led Somerset with 13 points.
Shawna Walker had 11 points, including three triples.
United won last year’s tournament against Shade.
The problem for Somerset was fatigue after a hard-fought first half in which the Golden Eagles returned him 11 times.
“United have adapted very well,” said Somerset coach Jill Kegg. âOur daughters got tired in defense and we had foul problems. We were just tired, and that’s what it was.
The Golden Eagles once again struggled to shoot from the perimeter and on the free throw line, shooting just 5 of 12 on the charity strip.
âThe big problem is we got cold, they got hot,â Kegg said. âThey (United) were very successful in attack and had some great open shots.
âWe just couldn’t recover. “
United were leading 27-16 at the half and 43-20 at the end of the three quarters.
Now the Lions will turn their attention to Bishop McCort, a team that Bytner says will give his team all they can handle.
âIt’s our next game. In my opinion, they could very well be the best team in the state, âBytner said of the Crimson Crushers. “It was great that hopefully we developed some confidence over Christmas. We’re definitely ahead of the game. We will hopefully be able to give McCort a game.”
To note: Tussey Mountain defeated host North Star 50-44 in the consolation game.
Grace Metz was the tournament’s top scorer and was part of the tournament all-star team for the Cougars. She was joined on the team by Kailee Leonard of Tussey Mountain.