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