Pitt wins pair of games in opener

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Basketball is in the air, as the Punxsutawney Elementary Girls' Basketball Tournament kicked off Monday night at the high school.

Overall, nine teams are taking part in the tournament, with five squads made up of fourth- and fifth-graders, and four teams in the sixth-grade grouping.

Pittsburgh 10, Ohio State 8

Pitt got started on the right foot Monday and moved to 2-0 on the day, beginning with a 10-8 win over Ohio State.

Leading the way for Pitt was Kate Horner with six points.

Keyana Ehause and Taylor Covatch both added two points in the win.

For Ohio State, Kylee Lingenfelter led the way with four points while Kylie Shoemaker and Cassidy Reed both scored two points in the losing effort.

Pittsburgh 12, Rutgers 9

The wins kept coming for Pitt, as Taylor Covatch scored six points to lead the Panthers to a 12-9 victory over Rutgers.

Kate Horner chipped in four points while Keyana Ehause added two for Pitt.

Rutgers was led by Olivia Weaver with four points, followed by Heather Stiles and Kaitlyn Doverspike, who both scored two. Mya Phillips rounded out the scoring for Rutgers with one point.

Penn State 14, UCLA 13

Elyse White's eight-point night was just enough, as Penn State won its opening day contest with a 14-13 victory over UCLA.

Also scoring for Penn State were Alyse Whitman, Chelsea Snyder and Megan Ray, all with two points apiece.

UCLA's Jordyn Powell had a big night, leading her team with seven points. Kristen Lowmaster, Grace Aikens and Toya Jones all added two points in the loss.

Duke 20, Tennessee 18

In sixth-grade action, Duke held off Tennessee, 20-18, in the highest-scoring game of the night.

Devon Dubensky had a big night with 12 points to lead Duke, followed by Ashley Vite and Kerstin Nestel with two points each.

For Tennessee, Kaitlyn Ray was the star of the show with her 16-point outburst. Morgan Adamson finished with two points, but it wasn't enough for Tennessee.

Connecticut 17, North Carolina 14

In the final game of the night, Connecticut took care of business and knocked off North Carolina, 17-14.

Alli Lunger had a huge game for the Huskies, leading the way with 11 points. Breanna Knox followed with four points, while Hannah Ebel chipped in two for the win.

North Carolina spread out the scoring, with Morgan Van Leer's six points leading the way. Both Alli Ishman and Mackenzie Atcheson scored four in the loss.

Each team returns to action tonight, as Rutgers (0-1) takes on UCLA (0-1) at 5:30 p.m. to kick off the night.

Penn State (1-0) will take on Pittsburgh (2-0) at 6 p.m., followed by Ohio State (0-1) against Rutgers at 6:30 p.m. to wrap up the fourth- and fifth-grade contests.

For the sixth-grade games, Tennessee (0-1) will battle Connecticut (1-0) at 7 p.m., with Duke (1-0) and North Carolina (0-1) squaring off at 7:30 p.m. to finish the night off.