Scoring abounds on opening night of tourney
PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Elementary Basketball Tournament is officially under way after a slate of five games was held Monday night in Punxsutawney.
In the sixth-grade contests, it became quite obvious that to win the tournament, teams will have to put up large numbers on the scoreboard, as the winning teams scored 32 and 28 points in the two games.
In the first game, between Penn State and Pitt, Kaitlyn Doverspike led the scoring with 12 points for Penn State and led her team to a 32-19 win.
Pitt's Kylie Lingenfelter was close behind in the scoring category with 10 points.
Elyse White (8), Toni Lisa (6), Alyse Whitman (4) and Mackenzie Ferrent (2) also scored for Penn State.
Nikki Harper had six points for Pitt, while Kristen Lowmaster and Jordyn Powell added two and one, respectively.
In what's typically known as a heated ACC match-up between Duke and North Carolina, the sixth-graders representing North Carolina earned a 28-8 victory.
Leah Miller lit up the scoreboard with 18 points to lead North Carolina.
Toya Jones and Mia Lingenfelter each chipped in with four points, and Maci Raybuck added two in the winning cause.
Taylor Covatch led Duke with six points, and Olivia Weaver pitched in with a pair.
In the fourth- and fifth-grade division, the team names were represented by NBA teams, and in the first game the Celtics doubled up the Knicks for a 24-12 victory.
Kate Horner set the pace by pouring in 20 points for the Celtics, and Abby Gemmel and Abbi Riskus added two each to wrap up the scoring.
The Knicks' balanced attack was led by Cassidy Reed and Mallory Wyant with four apiece.
Grace Aikens and Hannah Stair each pitched in with two.
In the second game, the Lakers had four players on the board and scored 19 to earn a victory over the 76ers.
Bailey Jones led the way with seven points for the Lakers, and Jessica Lisa was just one point behind her with six.
Heather Stiles (4) and Jordan Fetterman (2) also scored for the Lakers.
Megan Ray led the 76ers with eight points, and Sophie Wyant wrapped up the 76ers scoring with a pair of points.
The final game in the fourth- and fifth-grade division was the closest, lowest-scoring contest of the evening, and the Bulls edged out the Heat, 12-11.
Kylee Shoemaker was the only one to score for the Bulls, setting the pace with 12.
Gabby Franklin led the Heat with six points, and Ally Whitman and Rebecca Caywood finished the scoring with three and two points, respectively.
The tournament resumes tonight with games beginning at 5:30 p.m.