Pitt improves to 4-0 at elementary tournament

PUNXSUTAWNEY โ€” After Day Three of the Punxsutawney elementary girls' basketball tournament Wednesday, only Pitt remained undefeated going into Friday's final day of competition.

The fourth- and fifth-grade division Panthers improved to 4-0, while the only other previously-undefeated team, the sixth-grade UConn Huskies, suffered its first loss of the tournament, dropping to 2-1 in competition this week.

Pittsburgh 24, UCLA 5

Pitt (4-0) continued its dominance Wednesday, as it took down UCLA (0-3), 24-5.

The Panthers were led by an outstanding performance from Kate Horner, who finished the night with 16 points. Also contributing to the win was Toni Lisa (four points) and Keyana Ehause and Taylor Covatch, who each had two points.

Jordyn Powell (three) and Mia Lingenfelter (two) were the only scorers for UCLA.

Penn State 10, Rutgers 6

The Nittany Lions (2-1) earned their second win of the tournament, as they downed Rutgers, 10-6, dropping the Scarlet Knights to 1-3 on the week.

Chelsea Snyder led PSU with six points, while Midori Bridges chipped in four during the win.

Kaitlyn Doverspike, Olivia Weaver and Mollie Smith each finished with two points for Rutgers in the loss.

Ohio State 10, UCLA 6

Ohio State (2-1) continued its success from Tuesday, as it handed UCLA (0-4) its second loss of the day Wednesday, beating the Bruins, 10-6.

Kylie Lingenfelter proved to be the star of the show for the Buckeyes, as she outscored everyone else on the floor with her six points.

Kassidy Graham and Gabriella Franklin each added two points in OSU's victory.

Jordyn Powell finished with four points for the Bruins, while Grace Aikens contributed two in the loss.

North Carolina 12, Tennessee 8

North Carolina (2-1) added another victory to its tournament Wednesday, as it bested Tennessee 12-8 (0-3).

Morgan Van Leer led the Tar Heels with six points, while Mackenzie Atcheson (four points) and Allie Ishman (two) both provided crucial baskets for UNC.

Though the Vols' Kaitlyn Ray exploded for eight points, it wasn't enough to bring her team the win.

Duke 31, Connecticut 22

Led by a three-pointer from Devon Dubensky (15 points) and a spectacular day from Kerstin Nestel (16 points), the Duke Blue Devils (2-1) handed Connecticut (2-1) its first loss of the week Wednesday, downing the Huskies, 31-22.

Leading the way for UConn was Allison Lunger, who finished the day with 18 points. Iman Khuram and Breanna Knox each chipped in two points during the loss.

Starting Friday โ€” the final day of the tournament โ€” sixth-grade action kicks off at 5:30 p.m., as Duke takes on Tennessee, while Connecticut and North Carolina will square off at 6 p.m.

The fourth- and fifth-grade games begin at 7 p.m. when Penn State goes up against Ohio State, followed by Pitt versus Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. and Penn State versus UCLA at 8 p.m.