By Steve Svetovich
Coach Ben O’Brien and his Dunmore Lady Bucks proved once again that defense wins.
Dunmore won its third consecutive Lynett Memorial Girls Tournament, 45-29, over Abington Heights Friday, December 29, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.
The Lady Bucks are the first team in the 15-year history of the girls tournament to win the crown three years in a row. It is the team’s fifth overall title.
Coach O’Brien praised his team’s defensive effort following the win. He was especially proud of the communication the players showed on defense.
Dunmore held the Lady Comets to only 20 percent shooting in the first half.
Dunmore’s Victoria Toomey, the tournament MVP, and Lisa Tallo scored 28 of the 45 points. Toomey and Tallo scored 14 points each in the title win.
Gianna Delfino, who earned all-tournament honors, added nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in playing a brilliant all-around game.
Dunmore senior point guard Kelly Quinn added eight points for the Lady Bucks. Senior Maria Borgia scored the remaining two points for Dunmore.
Dunmore ran its undefeated record to 8-0 with the title win.
The score was knotted, 7-7, when the Lady Bucks went on an 11-point run pushing Dunmore to a 18-7 lead. Toomey scored eight of her 14 points in a five-minute span during the run.
The stingy Dunmore defense held Abington to 5-for-25 shooting in the first half.
Toomey led the Dunmore defense with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Delfino hit a pair of clutch free throws in the third quarter for the Lady Bucks preventing Abington from cutting the Dunmore lead to less than double digits.
Hannah Kowalski, a member of the all-tournament team, led Abington with 10 points. However, the tough Dunmore defense led by Toomey kept her from getting to the hoop often.
The loss dropped Abington, coached by Deanna Klingman, to 5-4.
The Lady Bucks defeated Scranton, 53-30, in the semifinal game.Wednesday, December 27, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.
Delfino led a balanced Dunmore scoring attack with 12 points.
Toomey scored 10 points. Freshman Anna Talutto added nine points and five rebounds. Quinn scored eight points. Alexis Chapman scored five. Tallo added four points.
Delfino, playing her usual all-around game, hauled down a game high 11 rebounds against the Lady Knights.
Dunmore had a 4-2 lead early in the game, but then scored the next 11 points. The scoring run included a 12-foot bucket by Toomey and Talutto hitting on a 3-pointer that swirled around the hoop before dumping in.
Dunmore had a 15-7 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Bucks started the second quarter with a 10-2 run. Talutto sparked the end of the first half with a nifty last second play, passing to Chapman who hit a quick 3-pointer for a 31-13 halftime lead.
The Lady Bucks never looked back.
Shelby Funchess led the Lady Knights with 13 points. Colette Mulderig added 10 points.
Scranton’s record dropped to 4-3 after the loss.
Dunmore, with its pin point passing, had 15 assists on its 21 field goals in the win over Scranton.