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Strong start

Warren tops 55-31 Sacred Heart to win home tourney

Warren’s Emily Davidson, left, and Peyton Wotorson go for the steal against Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart on Saturday in the championship game of the Lady Dragons’ Tipoff Tournament at Warren Area High School. Photo courtesy of Mark Evans

Warren’s girls basketball team jumped out to an 18-6 first-quarter lead en route to a 55-31 win over Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart on Saturday in the championship game of the Lady Dragons’ Tipoff Tournament at Warren Area High School.

“We did a great job rebounding the basketball and using our inside game,” said Warren coach Lisa LaVan. “We put in a great game plan, and they executed it to perfection.”

Alyssa Farr’s seven points led five Dragon scorers in the first quarter. Teammate Halle Kuzminski added seven points of her own in the second quarter as Warren held on to a 36-22 halftime lead.

Sacred Heart would muster just three more field goals in the second half, and no players finished in double figures in scoring.

Farr finished with 13 points, Kuzminski 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Alana Stuart 10 points and six rebounds to lead eight Dragon scorers.

Warren’s Halle Kuzminski (4) hits the deck after a shot. Photo courtesy of Mark Evans

After 21 points in Friday’s first-round game, Warren point guard Sammie Ruhlman was named the tourney’s Offensive MVP. She had five points, 10 assists and six rebounds on Saturday. Farr was named the Defensive MVP, and Ruhlman and Farr joined Kuzminski and Stuart on the all-tournament team.

SACRED HEART (31)

Personius 1 2 5, Caterina 4 0 9, Ratchuk 3 0 6, Bonvissuto 2 0 4, Chamberlain 1 0 3, Murphy 0 2 2, Mistretta 0, Zablocki 1 0 2, Bacon 0, Ziolkowski 0. Totals 12 4-10 31.

WARREN (55)

Ruhlman 2 0 5, Kuzminski 5 2 12, Farr 5 0 13, Davidson 0 2 2, Roell 1 0 3, Stuart 4 1 10, Wotorson 1 1 3, Irwin 1 4 7, Barney 0. Totals 19 10-16 55.

3-pointers: Personius, Caterina, Chamberlain, Ruhlman, Farr 3, Roell, Stuart, Irwin.

Sacred Heart 6 16 5 4 — 31

Warren 18 18 12 7 — 55

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