LEHMAN TWP.—Lake-Lehman’s front line senior combination of Tina Watkins and Marissa Harrison, along with the Black Knights’ trapping defense, proved to be too much for Wyoming Seminary to handle Saturday night.
Watkins tossed in a game-high 23 points and Harrison tossed in 20 points to lead Lehman to an easy 63-36 victory over Seminary in the championship game of the third annual Lady Knights’ Times Leader Tip-Off Classic.
The 5-foot-10 Watkins helped Lehman get off to a fast start and the Black Knights never looked back. Watkins scored 16 points in the first half, including buzzer-beating baskets at the end of the first and second quarters as Lehman took a 31-16 lead at intermission.
Harrison picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter, but played with great tenacity. She was a major force in the paint on both offense and defense, and hit several mid-range jumpers in the second half to enable the Black Knights to break open the game.
Lehman’s full court trapping defense forced Seminary to commit numerous turnovers throughout the game. Besides having difficulty bringing the ball up the court, the Blue Knights hurt themselves by missing several layups when they did break the press.
“Our quickness started everything,” said Watkins, who was named MVP of the tournament. “I think it really gave Wyoming Seminary problems, and it jumpstarted our team.
“It really got physical inside,” Watkins added. “I didn’t let myself get frustrated. I just kept going after the ball.”
Watkins managed to get to the foul line with regularity, and cashed in 10 of her 14 free throw attempts.
“Our defensive traps paid off,” she added. “They’re a young team. I don’t think they were ready for our press.”
Harrison caught fire in the third quarter, scoring eight points. Her 12-foot jumper gave Lehman a 48-22 lead late in the stanza. The Black Knights took their biggest lead at 57-27 on a three-point play by Watkins with 4:33 remaining in the game.
“Coach told me to be careful after I picked up my second foul,” Harrison said. “I picked (my play) up in the second half. My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball. I got in a groove and I just kept going.”
Black Knights coach Jim Spencer was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Everybody played well. The seniors played their roles well, and our defense was outstanding. Harrison and Watkins are good players, and they showed it tonight.”
Freshman Laura Casey, who paced Seminary with 12 points, said her team will get better with experience.
“We could have communicated better,” Casey said. “Their defense hurt us, and Harrison and Watkins played very well.”
Lackawanna Trail defeated Mountain View 43-34 in the third-place game.
Named to the all-tournament team were Watkins, Harrison and Carol Manzoni of Lehman, Kelsey Deveny of Lackawanna Trail, and Casey and Allie Berry of Seminary.