JAMESTOWN — The 2015 McDonald’s Holiday Tournament got underway Tuesday with a pair of games at Greeneview High School.
In the girls’ varsity tournament, it was Miami Trace beating London in the first game, 45-30.
In the second game, host Greeneview beat Madison Plains, 70-35.
Tonight, back at Greeneview H.S., Madison Plains will play London in the consolation game at 6:30 p.m.
Miami Trace will vie for the championship against Greeneview at 8 p.m.
In the opening game of the night, Miami Trace had three players in double figures, led by junior Hanna Reisinger with 13 points. Reisinger had all four of Miami Trace’s three-point field goals, with three of those coming in the first period as Miami Trace raced ahead to a 20-12 lead.
Miami Trace sophomore Tanner Bryant scored 12 points and junior Samantha Ritenour had 11 points.
Ritenour led Miami Trace with nine rebounds. Alexis Schwartz had seven rebounds and Bryant had six.
Senior Mackenzie Minner led London with nine points. Sophomore Emily Minner was next with eight points.
Miami Trace took a 28-15 halftime lead.
London had its best quarter of the night in the third, scoring 13 while Miami Trace scored nine to cut the lead to 37-28.
Miami Trace clamped down on the defensive end in the fourth quarter, holding London to just two points on the way to the 45-30 victory.
“London did a very good job of trying to zone us up,” Miami Trace head coach Ben Ackley said. “We had several people in foul trouble, and we just didn’t feel comfortable with how the game was going, so, we tried to get them out of that, but they never came out.”
Ackley was referring to, especially in the second half, when he had his team be extra patient on offense, perhaps making as many as a dozen passes before taking a shot.
“I felt our kids played a great first half,” Ackley said. “Hanna Reisinger was big in the first quarter.
“Tanner didn’t shoot the ball well tonight,” Ackley said. “But, she got to the rim whenever she wanted. That’s why they went to the zone.
“Lexi Schwartz was big at times,” Ackley said. “I feel our bench is getting better. Every kid that we brought in tonight — Harmonee Napier, Morgan Miller, Cassidy Lovett, Rachael Campbell — they all contributed in the first half. That was big. We went 9 or 10 deep in the first half. That should help us tomorrow night (Wednesday). Playing back-to-back nights is always a challenge.”
“At the end of the day, we have to play four quarters,” London head coach Kevin Long said. “We didn’t come to play in the first half. We were very lethargic. We didn’t react and close out on defense. We knew what they were going to do, we just didn’t follow through on what we needed to do.”
London is now 8-2 overall.
Miami Trace improves to 9-2. Tonight’s championship game marks the debut of sophomore Victoria Fliehman, who, by rule, had to sit out the first 11 games of the season after playing for Wilmington last year.
Greeneview beats Madison Plains
After a close start to the second game, Greeneview was able to pull away by scoring 20 points in the second quarter, 20 in the third and 21 in the fourth quarter to beat Madison Plains, 70-35.
Greeneview had three players (and nearly a fourth) in double figures, led by junior Sydnie Sonneman with 17 points.
Junior Sabrina Saunders scored 12 points for Greeneview and senior Emily Rinehart had 11 points. Sophomore Frankie Fife added nine points.
Madison Plains had a trio of players each score eight points: senior Macy McCollister, senior Riley Varney and freshman Brooke Ellison.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
MT 20 8 9 8 — 45
L 12 3 13 2 — 30
MIAMI TRACE — Kyla Johnston 0-0-0; Cassidy Lovett 0-0-0; Hanna Reisinger 0 (4)-1-13; Morgan Miller 0-0-0; Harmonee Napier 1-0-2; Tanner Bryant 5-2-12; Rachael Campbell 0-0-0; Alexis Schwartz 2-3-7; Samantha Ritenour 5-1-11; Becca Ratliff 0-0-0. TOTALS — 13 (4)-7-45. Free throw shooting: 7 of 14 for 50 percent. Three-point field goals: Reisinger, 4. Combined field goal shooting: 17 of 39 for 44 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 4 of 10 for 40 percent. Turnovers: 9.
LONDON — Allison Farley 0-0-0; Macy Mullins 0-0-0; Talia Frye 2-1-5; Kiana Price 0-0-0; Taylor Sabulsky 1 (1)-0-5; Brooke Kelly 0-0-0; Megan Cox 0 (1)-0-3; Ally Robertson 0-0-0; Emily Minner 2 (1)-1-8; Mackenzie Minner 4-1-9. TOTALS — 9 (3)-3-30. Free throw shooting: 3 of 7 for 43 percent. Three-point field goals: Sabulsky, Cox, E. Minner. Combined field goal shooting: 12 of 29 for 41 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 3 of 11 for 27 percent. Turnovers: 13.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
G 9 20 20 21 — 70
MP 6 12 5 12 — 35
GREENEVIEW — Kristen Combs 2 (1)-0-7; Emily Rinehart 4-3-11; Frankie Fife 4-1-9; Faith Strickle 2-3-7; Sydnie Sonneman 6 (1)-2-17; Sabrina Saunders 6-0-12; Jenna Basinger 0-1-1; Olivia Maxwell 1-0-2; Brooke Eakle 2-0-4. TOTALS — 27 (2)-10-70. Free throw shooting: 10 of 21 for 48 percent. Three-point field goals: Combs, Sonneman.
MADISON PLAINS — Kerrigan Kelley 0 (1)-0-3; Macy McCollister 0 (2)-2-8; Riley Varney 3-2-8; Brooke Ellison 3-2-8; Ashlyn Nichols 0-0-0; Christian Bowshier 0-0-0; Addison Davison 1-0-2; Tori Bevington 3-0-6; Bradan Mast 0-0-0; Megan McCollister 0-0-0. TOTALS — 10 (3)-6-35. Free throw shooting: 6 of 16 for 38 percent. Three-point field goals: Ma. McCollister, 2; Kelley.
Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1