Wednesday February 22nd
Sacred Heart Academy (17-12) vs. Seneca (11-14) (Championship)
Sacred Heart Academy coach Donna Moir started the following lineup: 5-9 So. DaiJia Ruffin, 5-6 Sr. Erica Walsh, 6-1 Sr. Jazmin Smith, 5-7 Jr. Kristin Matula, and 5-7 Sr. Jade Tubb. Seneca coach Latasha Peterson countered with 6-0 Jr. Sabrina Jackson, 5-9 Jr. Niya Anderson, 6-1 Jr. Kearra Pennie, 5-5 Fr. Kadiesha Fant, and 5-8 Jr. Jada Grady.
Sacred Heart Academy outscored Seneca 29-3 in the second quarter in a 75-39 victory. Sacred Heart shot 48.4% from the field including four of nine from the three point line. The Valkyries connected on nine of 20 free throws, pulled down 44 rebounds, and scored 36 points off 33 Seneca turnovers. Seneca shot 34.7% from the field including four of 13 from beyond the arc. The Lady Redhawks connected on one of seven free throws, pulled down 31 rebounds, and scored eight points off 18 Sacred Heart turnovers.
DaiJia Ruffin led Scared Heart with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Ruffin was seven of eight from the field and three of six from the free throw line. Erica Walsh added 11 points and five steals. 5-6 So. Raven Merriweather recorded 10 points, three assists, and four steals. Jazmin Smith chipped in with seven points and seven rebounds.
Sabrina Jackson led Seneca with 10 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Kearra Pennie added nine points, 17 rebounds, five assists, and five blocked shots. Niya Anderson and Jada Grady also scored nine points each.
Sacred Heart Academy,10,29,17,19,75
Sacred Heart Academy (75) – Ruffin 17, Walsh 11, Smith 7, Matula 0, Tubb 4, Merriweather 10, Johnson 2, Stough 4, Gahafer 3, Long 2, Samsel 5, Baisas 7, Halbleib 3.
Seneca (39) – Jackson 10, Anderson 9, Pennie 9, Fant 0, Grady 9, Jones 2.
All Tournament Team
DaiJia Ruffin,Sacred Heart Academy
Raven Merriweather,Sacred Heart Academy
Erica Walsh,Sacred Heart Academy
A special thanks to Bob Tonini of Sacred Heart Academy for providing the comprehensive statistics for tonight’s game.