Monacan (8-0; Chesterfield County, VA) captured the 2016 CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational Championship with a54-49 victory over Winder-Barrow (8-4; Winder, GA).
Following are recaps of the games on the tournament’s final day:
GAME #25: CONSOLATION BRACKET CHAMPIONSHIP
Franklin County (KY) def. Hillside (NC), 74-52 [Boxscore]
Franklin County (10-2; Frankfort, KY) scored a 74-52 victory over Hillside (10-2; Durham, NC).
After five lead changes and a pair of ties in the first half, Franklin County outscored Hillside 12-3 in the final three minutes of the half to open a 32-24 cushion by halftime. The Flyers never trailed in the second half, building leads a large as 22 points down the stretch.
Franklin County was led by Princess Stewart’s 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Rebecca Cook added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Flyers while teammates Josie Thocker and Savannah Courtney added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Elissa Grissett, who will play college at the University of South Carolina, led Hillside with 24 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.
GAME #26: FIFTH PLACE GAME
Norcross (GA) def. Wesleyan (GA), 58-53 [Boxscore]
In a battle of teams that are located directly across the street from each other in Norcross, GA, Norcross traveled 310 miles to defeat Wesleyan 58-53 to take home fifth place and bragging rights.
Wesleyan scored the game’s first points on Natalie Armstrong’s jumper just 13 seconds into the game. The lead was short-lived and would prove to be the only advantage Wesleyan would enjoy on the night. Tionna Carter tied the game just 43 seconds later and started a 20-4 run to open a 20-6 cushion with 10:02 remaining in the opening half. The teams traded baskets the remainder of the half and the Lady Blue held a 29-19 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Wesleyan chipped away at the lead and Jameson Kavel’s 3-point field goal pulled the Cougars to within two points at 50-48 with 4:56 to play. Norcross’ Myra Strickland answered with a trey of her own just 18 seconds later to push the margin back to five points. The squads traded free throws and turnovers in the closing minutes as Norcross held on for the victory.
University of South Florida signee Vanessa Blagman led Norcross with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor Mason chipped in 16 points and six boards for the Lady Blue.
Wesleyan was paced by Natalie Armstrong and Kavel as they tallied 14 points each. University of Connecticut signee Mikayla Cooms struggled from the field, going just 3-for-10 for eight points.
GAME #27: THIRD PLACE GAME
South Shore (FL) def. Myrtle Beach (SC), 46-45 [Boxscore]
South Shore (NY) scored a come-from-behind 46-45 victory over Myrtle Beach (SC) to take home the third place trophy.
Myrtle Beach (8-1) scored the game’s first six points and led by as many as 10 points in the opening half. South Shore (5-2; Brooklyn, NY), trailing 23-14 with just 1:33 on the clock, scored the final six points of the first half to close the gap to 23-20 at the break. During the first-half closing run, Selena Philoxy scored four points while her sister Desitny tallied the other pair.
Myrtle Beach continued to hold the advantage and built a 30-24 lead on Nia Sumpter’s old-fashioned three point play with 13:11 to play in regulation. South Shore then used another run, this time scoring nine unanswered, to take its first lead of the game on Tsahai Corbie’s layup with 10:38 to play.
South Shore continued to hold the lead until the 3:46 mark when Jalah Horton connected on a 3-pointer to tie the game for Myrtle Beach at 37-37. Following a basket by South Shore’s Diamond Shavis, Horton again connected on a long 3-pointer and Sumpter’s two free throws game Myrtle Beach a 42-39 lead with 3:24 to play. Valena Hickerson then connected on a 3-pointer and Earlette Scott hit a layup to give South Shore a 44-42 lead with 2:32 to play.
The see-saw battle continued when Horton connected on yet another trey, her third in three minutes of action, to again grab the lead for Myrtle Beach at 45-44 with 2:32 to play. Following a missed jumper by South Shore’s Fatima and a turnover by Myrtle Beach’s Kiana Adderton, Scott connected on a driving layup with 34 seconds to play to notch what proved to be the game winning basket for South Shore. Myrtle Beach called a timeout to set the final play but a 3-point attempt by Ivy Collins missed at the buzzer.
In possibly the most even scoring by any team in the history of the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational, South Shore’s Scott, Valena Hickerson, Selena Philoxy and Destiny Philoxy each posted eight points. Selena Philoxy also grabbed a team best 11 rebounds.
Myrtle Beach was led by Collins’ 13 points while teammate Sumpter added 11 points and 14 rebounds.
GAME #28: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Monacan (VA) def. Winder-Barrow (GA), 54-49 [Boxscore]
Monacan scored a 54-49 victory over Winder-Barrow to take home the Championship trophy from the 2016 CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational.
The first half proved that fans were in for a battle as the teams switched leads five times and tied the score twice. At the end of the first 16-minute half, Winder-Barrow held a narrow 23-22 advantage.
In the second half, Winder-Barrow opened a 34-27 advantage on Chellia Watson’s jumper with 12:50 to play. Monacan erased the lead with an 8-0 run and led by as many eight points as they were able to hold off Winder-Barrow down the stretch.
Tournament MVP and University of Connecticut signee Megan Walker led Monacan with 22 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Winder-Barrow was led by the nation’s #1 ranked junior and the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player Olivia Nelson-Ododa’s 16 points and 22 rebounds.
2016 CRESCOM BANK HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL AWARDS
Team Champion: Monacan (VA)
Runner Up: Winder-Barrow (GA)
3rd Place: South Shore (NY)
Consolation Champion: Franklin County (KY)
Most Valuable Player: Megan Walker, Monacan (VA)
Most Outstanding Player: Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Winder-Barrow (GA)
Individual Sportsmanship: Tyra Cox, Lake High Prep (FL)
Individual Hustle: Kameson Kavel, Wesleyan (GA)
Team Sportsmanship: Prairie View (CO)
Team Hustle: Carmel Christian (NC)
** All above individuals are also on the All-Tournament Team
Natalie Pineda, Ferguson Senior (FL)
Princess Stewart, Franklin County (KY)
Elissa Grissett, Hillside (NC)
Alex Parsons, Monacan (VA)
Nia Sumpter, Myrtle Beach (SC)
Taylor Mason, Norcross (GA)
Vanessa Blagmon, Norcross (GA)
Selena Philoxy, South Shore (NY)
Mikayla Coombs, Wesleyan (GA)
Latrice Perkins, Winder-Barrow (GA)