Montrose tops girls’ tournament

The Montrose Area girls’ basketball team that won the Susquehanna County Christmas Tournament with a 53-22 victory over Elk Lake are, front row, from left, Sara Krupinski, Nicki Lewis, Myra Lattimore, Katie Stranburg and Brooke Malloy, back row, assistant coach Mary Gesford, Amelia DiPhillips, Dallas Ely, Sam Abbott, Katelyn Spellman and head coach Al Smith. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

Montrose Area’s girls’ basketball team topped the Susquehanna County Christmas Tournament on Wednesday night as they defeated Elk Lake 53-22.

The Meteors paced the Warriors throughout the contest, outscoring them 15-8 in the first and 11-4 in the second to lead 26-12 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Meteors paced Elk Lake 17-6, before finished off the Warriors with a 10-4 run in the fourth.

Dallas Ely, who was named tournament MVP, scored 20 points to lead Montrose while Sara Krupinski added 10.

For Elk Lake, Katie Mitchell scored eight points while Mazie Tyler, Megan Bush and Faith Kwiatkowski each added four.

Montrose’s Dallas Ely brings the ball up court as she’s pursued by Elk Lake’s Taylor Watkins on Wednesday night. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

The all tournament team was comprised of Montrose’s Ely and Sara Krupinski, Blue Ridge’s Kristen Brown, Elk Lake’s Katie Mitchell and Susquehanna’s Brianna Bianco.

In the consolation game on Wednesday between Blue Ridge and Susquehanna, the Raiders took a 34-24 victory to place third in the tournament.

Susquehanna led through the first quarter, outscoring the Raiders 4-2, however, Blue Ridge got the lead in the second with a 9-2 run to make it 11-9 at the half.

In the third, Blue Ridge got a bigger lead going 15-6 over Susquehanna, and despite a 9-8 run by the Sabers in the fourth, Blue Ridge took the win.

Kristen Brown scored 18 points while Jackie Furth added eight for Blue Ridge.

Susquehanna’s Brianna Bianco led Susquehanna with 10 while Emily Carmody scored six.

In first day tournament action, Elk Lake toppled Susquehanna on Monday afternoon, 46-22, to reach the finals, while Montrose trounced Blue Ridge 53-8.

On Monday, Montrose led the way the entire game as the Meteors paced Blue Ridge 24-2 in the first and 12-0 in the second to lead 36-2 at the half.

In the second half, Montrose outscored Blue Ridge 9-4 in the third and capped the win with an 8-2 run in the fourth.

Ely scored 13 points for Montrose while Krupinski added 11 to pace the Meteors.

Blue Ridge was led by Brown, Ashley Warren and Jessica Jhingoor with two apiece.

In the Elk Lake game, the Warriors outscored the Sabers 12-2 in the first quarter before pacing Susquehanna 8-4 in the second to hold a 20-6 lead at the half.

In the third, the Warriors led the way 11-6 and finished off the Sabers, going 15-10 in the final minutes.

Mitchell scored a game-high 12 points to lead the Warriors while Tyler had nine.

Susquehanna was led by Bianco with seven points.

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