GIRLS HOOPS: For openers: Lady Dragons open own tournament as big winners

It didn’t take long for Warren to find its groove in the 2013 season, as the hosts of the Lady Dragons Tip-Off Tournament cruised to a 57-23 victory over Olean (NY) on Friday at Warren Area High School.

Warren game out of the gate quickly, with sophomore guard DJ Hahn scoring the first eight points of the game. The Dragons would stretch their lead into double digits and finish the quarter with a 15-3 lead.

The second quarter was more of the same, as the Dragons continued to increase their lead. Hahn finished the half with 19 points, and the Dragons held a commanding 28-8 lead.

Olean was more competitive throughout the third quarter, but was never able to crawl back into the game. The Lady Dragons used their entire bench, as head coach Lisa Ruhlman played 13 players.

Hahn finished with 28 points on the night, and Paige Wilson added 13 and 10 rebounds. Kari Santo had six steals, and she and Bupp each registered five assists.

“The first game, they’re always a little jittery and nervous,” Ruhlman said of her team. “They hunkered down and executed when they needed to.”

In the first game of the Tip-Off Tournament, Conneaut defeated Orchard Park (NY), 68-53. Warren and Conneaut will face off in the championship match on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game between Olean and Orchard Park will be held at 6:00.

“(Conneaut) has a lot of volleyball players who made a run at states,” Ruhlman said. “They’re a very athletic team.”

Warren’s junior varsity team also won its matchup against Olean, 21-18. Lizzy Marsh and Brittany Massa each scored six points.

OLEAN (23): Andreano 1 0-0 2, Anzivine 1 0-0 2, Bowen 1 0-0 2, Martin 0 1-2 1, Moses 1 0-0 2, Pezzimenti 0 0-0 0, Portlow 1 1-3 3, Singleton 3 1-2 7, Skudlark 0 0-0 0, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Yanetsko 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 3-7 23

WARREN (57): McClure 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-0 0, Hahn 11 6-7 28, McIntyre 2 1-2 5, Bupp 2 1-1 5, Loutzenhiser 0 0-0 0, Merenick 0 1-2 1, Boice 1 1-2 3, Santo 0 0-0 0, Massa 0 0-0 0, Merenick 0 0-2 0, Marsh 0 2-2 2, Wilson 5 3-4 13. Totals 21 15-22 57

Olean 3 5 8 7 – 23

Warren 15 13 13 16 – 57

3-pointers: O – None; W – None.

Junior varsity game

OLEAN (18): Anzivine 1 0-0 2, Windus 0 0-0 0, Ramarge 2 0-2 4, S. Pfeiffer 1 0-0 2, Carpenter 1 0-0 2, Curtin 1 0-0 2, G. Pfeiffer 1 0-0 2, O’Connor 0 0-0 0, Sakala 2 0-0 4, M. Pfeiffer 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 0-2 18

WARREN (21): McClure 1 0-0 2, Loutzenhiser 1 0-0 2, Adams 2 1-2 5, Wortman 0 0-0 0, Boice 0 0-0 0, Massa 3 0-0 6, Marsh 3 0-0 6. Totals 10 1-2 21

Olean 6 0 4 8 – 18

Warren 7 8 6 0 – 21

3-pointers: O – None; W – None.