Weekly Feature

2008-01-02 / Sports

Lady Tigers works extra, wins Mt. St. Mary's tourney

The Amherst Central girls basketball team needed overtime last Friday to win the Mt. St. Mary's Holiday Tournament.

Tied at 38-38 with Mt. St. Mary's after regulation, Amherst fought through foul trouble and persevered to win in overtime, 47-44.

"Overall, it was a well-played game for both sides," said Amherst coach Joanna Fildes. "This tournament victory was an incredible team effort. Everyone stepped up when called upon, and hopefully, this will continue our preparation for the second half of the season."

Eva Lankes aand Jequana Roberts each scored a big bucket in overtime. Amy Simon scored the go-ahead basket with 17 seconds remaining. Lankes sealed the game with a free throw.

Amherst led, 21-16, at halftime. Fildes said Mt. St. Mary's forced her team to turn over the ball in the fourth quarter and capitalized on mistakes.

Roberts, who made the all-tournament team, finished with 13 points. Lankes, the tournament MVP, added nine. Jenny Newhouse chipped in seven.

Amherst beat Alden, 61-37, in the first round on Thursday.

The Lady Tigers had a 26-21 halftime advantage but in the second half, pressured Alden into numerous turnovers and held them to 16 points.

"This game was a total team effort," said Fildes. "Everyone contributed at both ends of the floor and are continuing to play well as a team."

Lankes led Amherst with 12 points. Senior Amy Simon tossed in 10 points. Newhouse scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Roberts added nine points and Martin chipped in seven.

Amherst (5-4, 2-3) hosts Depew at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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