HOL­I­DAY

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The Sabres’ first points came from Dou­glas, with 1:14 left in the first quar­ter, when she hit two free throws after she was fouled pulling down an of­fen­sive re­bound.

Both teams then picked up their of­fense and Sts. Peter & Paul took an 8-7 lead on a bucket by Ju­lia D’Alb­ora with 6:05 left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The game stayed close the rest of the way un­til the War­riors pulled away in the fourth quar­ter.

A short base­line jumper by Dou­glas pulled the Sabres within 33-32 with 7:35 left in the fourth. But Pritch­ett scored in tran­si­tion with an­other left-handed layup for a 35-32 Eas­ton lead. After Chris­tian missed a pair of free throws, Roser hit a tran­si­tion layup to make it 37-32.

A 12-foot, one-han­der by Dou­glas pulled the Sabres within 39-36 with 4:27 to play. Eas­ton re­sponded with an 7-0 run to take con­trol. Jeter col­lected an of­fen­sive re­bound, was fouled, and hit a free throw to be­gin the run. Roser stole the ball and hit a layup. The Sabres were called for trav­el­ing on the other end, and Jeter then drained a 3-pointer from the base­line to make it 45-36. Jeter con­tin­ued Eas­ton’s pil­fer­ing de­fense when she picked off a pass and scored with a layup to end the run with Eas­ton up, 47-36, 2:30 left to play.

A free throw by Pritch­ett with 44 sec­onds to play ended the game’s scor­ing.

“Saints Peter and Paul played ex­tremely well early on,” Grif­fith said. “They were hit­ting shots and we were not. We had to be able to con­tinue run­ning the floor, and the full-court press in the fourth got us some easy tran­si­tion bas­kets.”

The Sabres, who led 19-16 at the end of the first half, strug­gled at the foul line, hit­ting only 4 of 13. Fouled on con­sec­u­tive 3-point at­tempts in the third quar­ter, they hit only 1 of 6, giv­ing Eas­ton an op­por­tu­nity to gather mo­men­tum.

A three-point play by Jeter with 3:55 left in the third quar­ter tied the game at 2626. A steal by Roser then led to two free throws by Pritch­ett and the War­riors held a lead the rest of the game.

“For us, be­cause of how young we are, we want to get as many games as pos­si­ble,” Grif­fith said of the hol­i­day tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances. “We played Wash­ing­ton, who has some great ath­letes, and with Saints Peter and Paul, who is a tough team, these games help.”

“We’re very young and we just want to keep play­ing,” Grif­fith added.

In the con­so­la­tion fi­nal, Wash­ing­ton topped North Caro­line, 53-28. Do­minique Hutt scored 18 points and col­lected 18 re­bounds for the Jaguars. Roberts scored 15 points.

BOYS’ FI­NAL Arun­del 75, SSPP 52 The Wild­cats ex­ploded to be­gin the boys’ cham­pi­onship game dur­ing the fi­nal con­test at the Over­time Live Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment.

With 2 min­utes left in the first quar­ter, Arun­del had a 19-2 lead. None­the­less, the Sabres re­grouped, slowly got back into the game, and cre­ated some ex­cite­ment be­fore the Wild­cats pulled away in the fourth quar­ter.

Tyrese Pur­nell scored 20 points for the Sabres and was name the tour­na­ment MVP. He was joined on the all-tour­na­ment team with team­mate La­mont Powell, Seaford’s An­drez Jones, and Arun­del’s Mike Joyner and Chris­tian Thorn­ton.

Thor­ton scored 21 points to lead the Wild­cats in the fi­nal. Mike Joyner scored 14 points and Quest De­laney added 13.

De­spite the huge open­ing deficit, an 8-0 run by the Sabres pulled them within 31-26 with 1:12 left in the first half. But the Wild­cats coun­tered with an 8-2 run for a 39-28 lead at the half.

A 3-pointer by Conor Mul­laney pulled Sts. Peter & Paul within 46-40 with 4:08 left in the third quar­ter. But that was as close as the Sabres would get.

A 10-0 run by the Wild­cats be­gin­ning with 5:30 left gave them con­trol. Joyner spun in­side the lane and scored for a 58-48 Arun­del lead. After a Sabres’ turnover, Lyric Rad­ford drained a 3-pointer. After a blocked shot by the Wild­cats, Thorn­ton drove to the bas­ket and scored eas­ily to make it 63-48. He con­verted a three-point play for a 66-48 lead.

In the con­so­la­tion fi­nal, Seaford de­feated Queen Anne’s 65-50. Jones scored a game-high 35 points for the Blue Jays.

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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Eas­ton’s Miya Jeter drib­bles the ball up­court on a fast break after steal­ing the ball on de­fense dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter Tues­day evening at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Eas­ton’s Claire Pritch­ett shoots over Saints. Peter and Paul’s Jen­nifer Dou­glas dur­ing the fourth quar­ter Tues­day evening at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

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