GIRLS HOOPS: Dragons repeat as Cranberry tourney champs

SENECA – Warren head coach Lisa Ruhlman called it “the best team effort we’ve had all season,” after the Lady Dragons repeated on Saturday as champions of the Cranberry Tournament.

“This year, defensively, we had to be a little stronger,” said Ruhlman of Warren’s 52-39 championship game win over host Cranberry. “We did the best we could with Emily (Merryman)… We did our best making sure we held everybody else, too.”

Cranberry’s Merryman finished with 29 points, but she has scored at least that in five of her nine games this season. She scored 39 in Friday’s tournament game and 45 in a game earlier this month.

She was named tournament MVP, but Ruhlman was impressed by senior McKenzie Merenick and sophomore Mackenzie Boice holding Merryman to 10 first-half points in a 26-16 lead.

D.J. Hahn, who was given the tournament’s Hustle Award, also helped out on Merryman in the win. Warren’s Hahn and Alexa Bupp were named to the all-tournament team, with Bupp scoring a team-high 19 points with 10 rebounds and five assists in the championship game.

“They deserved that,” said Ruhlman. “For some reason, Paige Wilson was overlooked and she had two double-doubles in two games (Friday vs. East), with a season high in points in the championship game. She also took two great charges from Merryman.”

Wilson finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds in two games, including 16 and 12, respectively, against Cranberry.

Warren is 6-1 overall and travels Saturday to McDowell at 1 p.m. (junior varsity) and 2:30 p.m. (varsity).

WARREN (52): Boice 2 1-4 5, Hahn 4 0-0 9, Bupp 6 4-4 19, Me. Loutzenhiser 0 0-0 0, M. Merenick 0 0-0 0, B. Merenick 1 1-2 3, Wilson 6 3-4 16, McClure 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-13 52.

CRANBERRY (39): Merryman 11 5-5 29, J. Swartzfager 2 2-2 6, B. Swartzfager 1 0-0 2, Allen 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 7-7 39.

Warren 11 15 14 12 – 52

Cranberry 2 14 9 14 – 39

3-pointers: W-Hahn, Bupp 3, Wilson; C-Merryman 2.

Junior varsity game

WARREN (48): McClure 3 1-3 7, Ma. Loutzenhiser 5 0-1 10, Wortman 0 1-4 1, Me. Loutzenhiser 1 0-0 2, Boice 3 3-4 9, Massa 5 2-4 12, Marsh 3 1-1 7. Totals 20 8-17 48.

CRANBERRY (26): Brannon 1 0-0 2, Whitling 5 0-0 12, Flinspach 3 0-2 8, Rimer 1 0-0 2, Altman 0 2-2 2. Totals 10 2-4 26.

Warren 15 18 8 7 – 48

Cranberry 10 9 0 7 – 26

3-pointers: W-None; C-Whitling 2, Flinspach 2.

Corry Tournament

Girard 50, Youngsville 31

CORRY – Youngsville will play in the consolation game on Monday of the Corry Tournament following a 50-31 loss to Girard on Saturday at Corry High School.

Girard (4-2) jumped out to a 17-2 first quarter and Youngsville (3-4) never recovered.

Kennedy Cratty led the Eagles with 11 points, and Youngsville will play host Corry at 6 p.m. Monday.

Girard junior Maria Welch, who broke out last year to help the Yellowjackets win the Corry Tournament, had five 3-pointers and a game-high 23 points.

YOUNGSVILLE (31): Ke. Cratty 4 3-4 11, K. Sveda 1 0-0 2, Hendrickson 1 0-0 2, Ka. Cratty 1 6-9 8, Flinn 0 1-2 1, Chuzie 2 3-4 7, Jameson 0 0-0 0, Pence 0 0-0 0, Lewis 0 0-0 0, J. Sveda 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 13-19 31.

GIRARD (50): Davenport 4 0-0 10, Welch 9 0-0 23, Dunn 1 4-6 6, Gimber 1 0-0 2, Bonnett 0 1-2 1, Bolt 1 4-4 6, Adamaszek 0 0-0 0, Oas 1 0-0 2, Kerner 0 0-0 0, Dudas 0 0-0 0, Byham 0 0-0 0, Carnes 0 0-0 0, Mascaro 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-12 50.

Youngsville 2 13 4 12 – 31

Girard 17 12 10 11 – 50

3-pointers: Y-None; G-Welch 5, Davenport 2.