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Bearcats & Lady Bearcats finish second in the Sam Bord Memorial Tournament

Posted: Monday, Dec 24th, 2012

SKYLER RUCKER scores over top of two Petersburg players during Thursday’s opening-round game of the Second-Annual Sam Bord Memorial Scholarship Tournament, which was held here in the Scotty Hamilton Gym. Rucker scored a two-game total of 35 points and landed on the All-Tournament Team.

Girls’ Results

GRAFTON -- The Clay-Battelle Lady Cee-Bees crushed the Lady Irish of Notre Dame, 74-31, and then defeated the home-standing Grafton Lady Bearcats, 57-47, to claim the championship trophy from the Second-Annual Sam Bord Memorial Scholarship Tournament, which was held here in the Scotty Hamilton Gym last week.

This Tournament got underway on Thursday, with the Lady Cee-Bees’ victory over the Lady Irish. Clay-Battelle won the first quarter, 19-9, the third quarter, 28-7, and the fourth quarter, 15-3, as both teams tossed in 12 points apiece during the second stanza.

Point-guard Breann Dean had a solid effort for Clay-Battelle, tossing in a game-high total of 19 points, to go along with her six assists, three steals, and six rebounds.

MacKayla Wilkins scored 15 points and yanked down 14 rebounds, and McKayla Eddy chipped in with 12 points to join Dean in double figures.

Meanwhile, the quartet, consisting of Kaitlyn Casino, Briana Weber, Hayley Jones and Sierra Riffle, was adding seven points apiece to the Clay-Battelle side of the scorebook.

Shooting-guard Molly Angotti tossed in nine points, and added three assists, two steals and three rebounds to lead Notre Dame’s attack.

Sophia Brunett (six), Rachel Rogers (four), Sophia Messenger (three), Christina Snodgrass (also with three), Alexa Brunett (two), Sierra Frosch (also with two), and Victoria Goodman (also with two) furnished the remainder of the 31 points for the Lady Irish.

Later in the day, the Lady Bearcats took the floor against the Liberty Lady Mountaineers, and claimed a 58-30 Big Ten Conference victory.

Grafton won all four quarters of this contest by 19-4, 10-8, 15-6 and 14-12 point spreads.

Three Lady Bearcats scored in double figures to lead the successful attack. They were: Kari Fawcett with 17 points, two assists, five steals and five rebounds; Shawna Graham with 13 points, two assists, three steals and a team-high total of eight rebounds; and freshman Hannah Griffith with 10 points, four assists, two steals, and four rebounds.

Boys’ Results

GRAFTON -- The Trinity Christian Warriors defeated the home-standing Grafton Bearcats, 71-59, during the championship game of the Second-Annual Sam Bord Memorial Scholarship Tournament, which was held here in the Scotty Hamilton Gym last week.

The boys’ division of this event began on Thursday, with Trinity Christian beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 63-61, and then Grafton knocking off the Petersburg Vikings, 68-61, in the nightcap.

The Fighting Irish posted a 13-9 lead in the opening quarter, before the Warriors went on to win each of the next two periods by 17-11, 16-13 margins. So, Trinity Christian entered the fourth quarter with a 42-37 lead.

The Fighting Irish pulled out a favorable 24-21 advantage during the final eight minutes, but they could not quite catch up to the Warriors, eventually losing by two points.

The trio of Kolby Abruzzino, with 14 points, Cal Cistaro, with 13 points, and Tony Cistaro, with 12 points, scored in double figures to lead Notre Dame’s losing effort.

Justin Goff (six), Drew Ridgeway (five), Jordan Brown (five), Chris Petrucci (four), and Phil Chaffin (two) were also providing some of the 61 points to Notre Dame’s side of the scorebook.

Anthony Ghiardi, with a game high total of 19 points, Cody Triplett, with 17 points, and Tommy Retton, with ten points, led the Warriors to victory.

Seth Earl (seven points), Sam Rhondi (six points), and Tony Caridi (two points) were also involved in Trinity Christian’s offensive attack.

In the nightcap, after Grafton and Petersburg had played to an 8-8 tie in the first quarter, the Bearcats went on a 28-13 run during the second stanza to record a 36-21 half-time advantage. However, the Vikings rallied to win a 17-11 count during the third quarter, and the guests went on to add a 23-21 advantage in the fourth period.

Petersburg pulled to within one point, at 52-51, at the 4:40 mark of the fourth frame. Then, Grafton’s freshman Chris Smith went on a personal string of six unanswered points to give the Bearcats a 58-51 bulge.

The Vikings came right back to shave their deficit back down to two points, at 61-59, but this time Grafton’s senior Ivy Bartlett dropped in six-of-six consecutive free throws down the home stretch to basically tuck the game into the win column for Coach Andy Sorine’s Bearcats.

For the complete article see the 12-24-2012 issue.

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