Punxsy tourney gives players chance to show off skills

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last Saturday, fifth-grade basketball teams from Indiana, Homer City, Brookville, Purchase Line and Butler traveled to Punxsutawney for the fifth-grade elementary basketball tournament hosted by SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Community Center.

A pair of Punxsy teams competed, one in the boys' division and one in the girls'.

The girls' team finished with a 3-1 record, with its only loss coming to Ligonier Valley.

Punxsy started the tournament with an 8-6 victory over Indiana Saturday morning.

Kylee Shoemaker led Punxsy's scoring in the game with three points. Megan Ray and Cassidy Reed each pitched in with two, and Emily Griebel scored one point.

Saturday afternoon, Punxsy met its only match of the weekend against Ligonier Valley and lost, 23-15.

Griebel scored five points in the losing cause, and Shoemaker added four. Ray, Alley Whitman and Kassidy Graham each scored a pair.

Sunday morning, Punxsy earned another close victory, edging Marion Center, 8-7.

Graham was top-scorer with three in the victory. Griebel and Shoemaker added two points apiece, and Reed wrapped up the scoring with a free throw.

In the final game of the tournament, Sunday afternoon, Punxsy's defense held Brookville to just three points, and the offense had its most impressive game of the tournament with 16 points in a 16-3 win.

Griebel led Punxsy with seven points in the win.

Katelyn Griebel, Shoemaker and Graham each nabbed two points, and Reed had one.

In the boys' action, Punxsy finished the tournament with a 2-2 record, with one of the losses being a one-point defeat at the hands of the Rising Stars.

Punxsy started the tourney bright and early Saturday morning with an 18-13 loss to Indiana.

Carter Newcome led Punxsy's scoring with seven points, and teammates Ethan Blose, Caden Barrick and Alex Gianvito wrapped up the scoring with two apiece.

Punxsy's second loss of the tournament came Saturday afternoon to the Rising Stars.

Newcome led the scoring again with seven, and Blose followed closely with six.

Cameron Smith pitched in with two points, and Austin Ewing and Derek Huey each added one.

Punxsy found its winning way early Sunday afternoon with a 20-14 victory over Indiana II.

Newcome put up eight points to lead the scoring attack, and Blose again followed with six.

Huey added four for the home team, and Smith finished the scoring with a pair.

Similar to the girls, the boys' team finished the tournament with their best offensive and defensive effort to earn a 31-16 victory over Brookville.

Punxy's balanced scoring attack was led by Huey's 15-point explosion, and Newcome followed with six points.

Andrew Britton, Blose, Ewing, Smith and Andrew Wehrle each scored two for Punxsy, as well.