Mt. de Sales, Bryn Mawr win Holly & Hoops Girls

December 29, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Mount de Sales pulled ahead early and hung on to bea Parkville, 29-25, in a defensive struggle for the Mistletoe Division championship at the 7th annual Holly & Hoops Women's Basketball Tournament at Essex Community College yesterday.

In the Hoops Division, Kisha Ford scored 26 and Julie Szymanski added 21 points to lead No. 7 Bryn Mawr to its second straight tournament championship with a 66-51 victory over IND.

In the Holly Division, No. 17 Walbrook fell to Gov. Mifflin (Pa.), 73-51.

Bryn Mawr was the only team to repeat as champions at this year's tournament. The Mawrtians (7-1) won the Mistletoe Division last year.

This year, the Mawrtians ran up a 14-2 lead in the first quarter. Szymanski scored seven in a 13-0 Bryn Mawr run.

In the second quarter, the Mawrtians extended their lead to as much as 24-11. The Indians (3-6) pulled within six on back-to-back jumpers by Jenny Jaskulski midway through the quarter. Ford, who also finished with 17 rebounds, ended IND's run with a couple of layups and the Mawrtians took a 33-23 lead into halftime.

A 13-2 Bryn Mawr run late in the third quarter gave the Mawrtians a 54-33 lead. The Indians never got closer than within 15.

In the first half of the Mistletoe game, Parkville could not stop Sailors guard Christina Tirocchi, who led all scorers with 14 points. The senior scored the first eight points and 10 of the Sailors' 13 first-half points.

At the same time, the Knights couldn't get going offensively, scoring only two points in the first quarter. Mount de Sales' 2-1-2 defense forced six turnovers and limited the Knights (4-4) to nine first-quarter shots.

The Sailors (5-2) shot 5 for 18 from the field, but Tirocchi hit four of seven, mostly jumpers in the 15-foot range.

The Knights rebounded to pull within four early in the third quarter. Sallie Neal (nine points) found Debbie Curran for a short jumper to bring the Knights within 14-10 with 5:02 left in the quarter.

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