By Steve Svetovich
Victoria Toomey scored 28 points in leading the Dunmore Lady Bucks to a 48-44 win over Holy Redeemer as her team won the District 2 Class 3A title Saturday, March 3, at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Coach Ben O’Brien’s team avenged last year’s title game defeat with the win.
The Lady Bucks are now 25-1.
Talented junior Gianna Delfino played a tremendous all-around game for Dunmore as she added nine points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the title win.
Toomey and Delfino and Kelly Quinn combined for 45 of Dunmore’s 48 points. Quinn, averaging 11.2 points per game entering the contest, scored eight points. Toomey and Lisa Tallo added eight rebounds each for the Lady Bucks.
Toomey, a junior, was on the entire contest as she hit 11-of-14 shots in the win.
She came into the game averaging 16.3 points per game and has shined on the court all season.
Holy Redeemer made only 14 of 59 shots against the tight Dunmore defense.
Toomey got in foul trouble early in the game. She picked up two fouls and sat the final 1:53 of the first quarter as Holy Redeemer built a 13-10 lead.
But when she came back in the game, the junior stalwart was simply dominant.
Toomey scored nine of her points in the second quarter as the Lady Bucks moved ahead and took a 25-21 lead into the second half.
Dunmore went ahead 32-23 in the third quarter before Holy Redeemer trimmed the Lady Bucks lead to 34-30 after a 3-pointer by Cameron Marcinkowski.
Toomey then hit a key bucket for Dunmore with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
Dunmore took a 36-30 lead into the final quarter. A 3-point play by Sam Yencha cut the Dunmore lead to 47-44, with 1:49 left in the game.
Holy Redeemer had one final opportunity to tie the game, but Tallo made the play of the contest when she stole the ball, was fouled and hit a free throw to seal the win with 2.6 seconds left. Tallo, averaging 9.8 points entering the game, made the first of two free throws. Her only steal and only point of the game were the game’s biggest.
Maria Borgia and Alexis Chapman also played nice all-around games for Dunmore in a strong team effort.
Yencha, averaging 14.7 points entering the game, led Holy Redeemer with 13 points.
Dunmore defeated Meyers, 56-24, and Mid Valley, 60-27, to get to the district final.
Holy Redeemer defeated Dunmore, 51-37, in last year’s district final.
Holy Redeemer dropped to 22-4.
The Lady Bucks now advance to the PIAA playoffs.