By Steve Svetovich
Victoria Toomey, Moriah Murray and Lisa Tallo combined for 26 of Dunmore’s points as the Lady Bucks defeated Holy Redeemer, 33-27, to win its second straight Class AAA District 2 championship Saturday, March 2, at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Freshman stalwart Murray and the multi talented Tallo hit clinching free throws in the final 37 seconds to clinch the title win for the Lady Bucks coached by veteran Ben O’Brien.
It was undefeated Dunmore’s 25th consecutive win.
Alexis Chapman made a huge defensive play at mid court late in the fourth quarter that led to Tallo making a nice pass to Murray for a clutch 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:07 left in the contest.
Chapman hustled on the play as she deflected the ball before chasing it down.
It may have been the defensive play of the season for the Lady Bucks.
Chapman was also clutch on offense hitting a big 3-pointer to help Dunmore to its biggest advantage, 23-18, midway through the third quarter.
Cameron Marchinkowski hit a 3-pointer for Holy Redeemer to tie the game, 26-26, with 4:17 left in the contest.
After the Lady Bucks (25-0) missed a shot, Holy Redeemer (21-4) looked to take the lead before Chapman came through with her defensive gem that led to Murray’s 3-pointer.
Holy Redeemer had another shot, but missed three of four free throws before Murray hit two with 37.2 seconds remaining.
Tallo added two more free throws with 15 seconds left.
Standout senior center-forward Victoria Toomey, last season’s Player of the Year, and Murray led the Lady Bucks with nine points each in the district title win. Tallo added eight points, four assists and four steals. Gianna Delfino scored four points.
Delfino, an all around talent, had nine rebounds to lead the Lady Bucks. Toomey added eight more rebounds.
Another highlight in the contest came at the conclusion of the first quarter when Tallo, who seems to do it all, took an inbounds pass at three-quarter court, went behind her back at the key and hit on a running 17-foot shot.
The Lady Bucks easily defeated No. 4 seed Wyoming Seminary, 57-19, in the semifinal contest Saturday, February 23, at Marywood University.
Freshman phenom Murray led the Lady Bucks with 20 points and added three assists in the semifinal win.
Toomey, who will play basketball at Rider University next year, and Tallo scored 10 points each.
Toomey, the ultimate team leader, added six rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Alex Wesneski led Wyoming Seminary (15-10) with eight points.
The Lady Bucks now play a first round PIAA state playoff game against Constitution, the fourth seed from District 12, Friday, March 8.