Phillipsburg and Plainville claim MCL tournament titles
Phillipsburg 49, Ellis 34
The Phillipsburg Lady Panthers entered Saturday’s MCL tournament finale, against Ellis looking for the first ever tournament championship and they used a strong third quarter to bring home the win.
Phillipsburg jumped out to an early lead and led most of the way through the first quarter before Ellis finished the quarter on a 5-0 run, capped off with a Kaleigh Soneson put-back off an offensive rebound to put Ellis up 11-10 after one.
The Lady Railroaders opened the second quarter leading 14-11 but Phillipsburg’s Mattison Dusin scored eight straight points to put the Panthers up five at 19-14 and they would never trail again.
Ellis closed the Panther lead to one early in the third but Phillipsburg answered with 12 unanswered and held Ellis to just two early points in the third quarter and they led 35-22 after three. Ellis was able to close the gap to nine early in the fourth but they got no closer as Phillipsburg pulled away for the 49-34 win.
Mattison Dusin led all scorers with 18 points for Phillipsburg and Kaleigh Soneson and Alexcia Deutscher both finished with 11 for Ellis.
Plainville 49, Smith Center 34
The Plainville boys have been the team to beat in the MCL tournament in recent years and this year was once again no different as they won their third MCL tournament title in four years with a 49-34 win over SmithCenter.
Plainville raced out to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter and behind seven first quarter points from Brent Gehring led 14-6 after one.
The Cardinals outscored SmithCenter 13-4 in the second quarter and took a 27-12 halftime lead. The Cardinals led by as many as 22 in the season half although Smith Center did cut the lead to 11, part of an 11-0 run at the end of the third and start of the fourth but Plainville was just too much on their way to the 49-34 win.
Hadley Gillum led all scorers with 20 points and Brent Gehering finished with 13 for the Cardinals. Taylor Zabel led the Redmen with 14 points.
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