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Our Lady girls edge St. Peterís in SYBL tournamentís opening round

By PAUL WATSONStaff writer

The regular season is done with in the Sunday Youth Basketball League.

February Madness has hit. The teams who win move on, while the teams who donít have their seasons ended.

One of those teams to move on as the league began opening round of its postseason tournament Saturday at St. Maryís Ryken High School was the Our Lady Star of the Sea School girls, which outlasted St. Peterís School, 17-16.

The teams traded shutout quarters in the first half. St. Peterís led 4-0 after the first quarter and Our Lady turned around to lead 7-4 at halftime.

St. Peterís retook the lead heading to the fourth quarter, ahead just 13-11.

Our Lady tied the game early in the final period took the lead behind Erin Balderson, 17-13. A three-pointer from Kutina Carlos brought St. Peterís to within a point at 17-16 with 30 seconds left in regulation, but Our Lady was able to hold on and move on.

Balderson led Our Lady (4-10 overall) with 11 points. Carlos led St. Peterís (1-120 with eight points.

Our Lady will play Archbishop Neale School (15-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.

All tournament games are at Ryken with the championship contests scheduled for 6 and 7:20 p.m. next Wednesday.

Father Andrew White School has a spot in the semifinal round after a 38-24 victory over Mother Catherine Spalding School on Saturday.

Father Andrew White led 11-7 at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Mother Catherine 11-4.

Mackenzie Loewe led Father Andrew White (11-5) with 12 points, while Misty Bell had seven and Kate Barthemes had six. Valerie Hammett and Brittany Lyon each had six points to lead Mother Catherine (7-7), while Natalie Emmart had five.

Father Andrew White bypasses the quarterfinal round and will play the Our Lady-Archbishop Neale winner in the semifinals at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.

St. Michaelís School reached the quarterfinals with a 40-15 victory over St. Johnís School on Saturday.

St. Michaelís led 8-4 after one quarter and 18-8 at halftime.

Sammi Turner led St. Michaelís (6-9) with 18 points, while Sam Wettengel had 16. The two combined to score all 10 of the teamís points in the second quarter and 18 of the teamís 22 second-half points. Bethaney Wilson led St. Johnís (0-13) with nine points.

St. Michaelís will play Cardinal Hickey Academy (11-3) in the quarterfinal round at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Little Flower boys move on

Little Flower advanced to the quarterfinals after a 48-37 victory over Our Lady on Saturday.

Little Flower led 14-5 after the opening quarter only to see Our Lady rally back to lead 20-19 at halftime. Little Flower took a 37-31 lead to the fourth and picked up the win.

Philip Hane led Little Flower (6-9) with 17 points, all coming in the second half, while Seth Blevins had 14 and Greg Lawrence added 11.

Bryce Callis led Our Lady (1-12) with 15 points, eight coming in the second quarter, while Kevyn Price had nine and Bradley Beckman added seven.

Little Flower will play Archbishop Neale (16-0) in the quarterfinals at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

Mother Catherine scored in double digits in each quarter en route to a 53-36 victory over St. Peterís on Saturday.

Mother Catherine led 17-7 after one quarter and 29-18 at halftime.

Hayden Buckler led Mother Catherine (4-9) with 23 points, while Albert Davis had 12. Zachery Cheek led St. Peterís (0-13) with 28 points. He knocked down four three-pointers in the contest, three in the third quarter to St. Peterís to within four points at one point in the period.

Mother Catherine will play St. Michaelís (12-4) in the quarterfinals at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

St. Johnís pulled away in the second half en route to a 38-22 victory over St. Maryís Bryantown School on Saturday.

St. Maryís Bryantown led 6-4 after the first quarter and 13-12 at halftime, but St. Johnís outscored it 15-4 in the third quarter and never looked back.

Daniel Kolwey led St. Johnís (10-5) with 11 points, nine coming in the third quarter, while Jarrett Dollarton had 10 and Kyle Boothe added eight. Matt Cusic led St. Maryís Bryantown (9-6) with nine points.

St. Johnís bypasses the quarterfinal round and will play a semifinal contest against the Little Flower-Archbishop Neale winner at 4 p.m. Sunday.

SYBL tournament schedule

All games are at St. Maryís Ryken High School and times are subject to change without notice.

BoysSaturday, Feb. 25

Cardinal Hickey vs. Father Andrew White, 10:15 a.m.

Mother Catherine vs. St. Michaelís, 12:45 p.m.

Little Flower vs. Archbishop Neale, 3:15 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26Cardinal Hickey-Father Andrew White winner vs. Mother Catherine-St. Michaelís winner, 1:30 p.m.

Little Flower-Archbishop Neale winner vs. St. Johnís, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29Championship game, 7:20 p.m.

GirlsSaturday, Feb. 25

St. Maryís Bryantown vs. Little Flower, 9 a.m.

St. Michaelís vs. Cardinal Hickey, 11:30 a.m.

Our Lady vs. Archbishop Neale, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26St. Maryís Bryantown-Little Flower winner vs. St. Michaelís-Cardinal Hickey winner, 12:15 p.m.

Our Lady-Archbishop Neale winner vs. Father Andrew White, 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29Championship game, 6 p.m.