HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: United, Bloom steal tourney title from Windber
United senior Eden Bloom made a layup and 1 of 2 free throws in the last minute of the game to lift the Lions to a thrilling 38-36 win over Windber in the championship game of the Windber girls’ basketball tournament Saturday.
The lead changed several times in the fourth quarter before Bloom made a layup with roughly 45 seconds to go to give the Lions a 37-36 lead.
Following a United turnover and two Windber turnovers, Bloom drew a foul with six seconds to play and then drilled 1 of 2 free throws to extend the Lions’ lead to 38-36.
A Windber player grabbed the rebound following Bloom’s second free-throw attempt but failed to get a shot off before the game’s final whistle sounded.
“Eden’s a team player and I can’t say enough about how she played tonight, but this was a total team effort,” United coach Lee Ann Ault said of Bloom, the tournament’s most valuable player.
Bloom had five steals and racked up game-highs in points and rebounds with 16 and 10, respectively. Kylee Surike grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and was named to the all-tournament team, and Hope Hixson collected six rebounds.
United (2-0) travels to Saltsburg on Wednesday.
WESTMONT HILLTOP 48, MARION CENTER 38: Westmont Hilltop built an eight-point halftime lead and then made 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to stave off a late push from Marion Center and notch a win in the championship game of the Marion Center Tournament.
Hanna Beer paced Marion Center with 12 points and seven rebounds. Kearsten Brocious added eight points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Jenny Irvin had three assists.
Marion Center (1-1) travels to Purchase Line on Wednesday.
HOLLIDAYSBURG 57, BLAIRSVILLE 42: The Bobcats bounced back from a tough first half, but still came up short in the championship game of the Hollidaysburg tip-off tournament.
The Class AAAA Golden Tigers jumped out to a 35-15 lead at the half and finished the game with seven 3-pointers.
The Bobcats found some holes in Hollidaysburg’s defense and racked up 18 points in the final quarter.
Chelsey Koren recorded a double-double for the second straight day with 15 points and 15 rebounds for Blairsville. Laurel O’Barto scored a team-high 19 points and had drained three 3-pointers.
Blairsville (1-1) welcomes Penns Manor on Wednesday.
BISHOP CARROLL 59, PENNS MANOR 52: Mary Roach and Sarah DaBella posted double-doubles to power the Comets, but it wasn’t enough to outlast the Huskies in the consolation game of the Penns Manor tip-off tournament.
Conemaugh Township beat DuBois Central Catholic in the championship game.
Roach scored a game-high 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds, and DaBella had 12 points and 11 rebounds, but Penns Manor couldn’t overcome the 10-point halftime deficit. Bishop Carroll built a 28-18 halftime lead.
Penns Manor entered the fourth quarter trailing 45-30 before cutting into the deficit over the final eight minutes.
Penns Manor (0-2) visits defending Heritage Conference champion Blairsville on Wednesday.
LIGONIER VALLEY 41, GREENSBURG SALEM 40: Facing a 37-22 deficit entering the fourth quarter, Ligonier Valley clamped down on defense and outscored the host team 19-3 in the final quarter to storm back for an unlikely win at the Greensburg Salem tip-off tournament.
After failing to register more than eight points in any of the first three quarters, the Rams got untracked at the end with their defense leading the way and survived the Golden Lions’ barrage of 3-point field goals.
Greensburg Salem made more 3-point field goals (eight) than two-point field goals (seven).
Helene Bloom led the way for the Rams with 10 points and 14 rebounds, including eight offensive boards.
APOLLO-RIDGE 39, DEER LAKES 35: Ashley Emminger, the tournament MVP, scored 10 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Vikings in the Springdale tip-off tournament championship game.
Apollo-Ridge led just 12-10 at halftime after each team scored only three points in the second quarter.
Julia Demeno was also named to the all-tournament team.
The Vikings (2-0) travels to Freeport on Monday.
CALVARY BAPTIST 47, BEDFORD CIA 24: Calvary Baptist jumped out to a bulky first-half lead and then played stingy second-half defense to beat Bedford CIA in the consolation game of the Calvary Baptist Tip-Off Tournament.
The Patriots limited Bedford CIA to just three field goals in the first half and built a 19-point halftime lead, 26-7.
Kayla Chambers scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half for Calvary Baptist, and Megan Plants scored 10 of her game-high 22 points.
Calvary Baptist (2-1) travels to Mount Carmel Christian School on Tuesday.