Regular season champ Bitonti's upset
By The Valley Independent
Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
It will be a “Play it again, Sam” kind of a night Monday when the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League's girls' division kicks off its first playoffs.
That's because the matchups for Monday will be the same as Wednesday's regular season finales.
Regular season champion Bitonti's Barristers (4-2) will take on fourth-place Lagerheads (2-4) at 7:30 p.m., while slumping Fredericktown Butcher Shop (3-3) battles Tommy Thomas State Farm (3-3) at 8:30 p.m.
The winners will play for the first girls' division championship on Wednesday.
In Wednesday's games, Lagerheads upset Bitonti's, 47-44, and Tommy Thomas routed the Butcher Shop, 49-27.
In the opener, Tommy Thomas rolled out to a commanding 27-6 lead by starting and ending the half in impressive fashion.
The winners jumped to a 10-0 lead and then closed the half on a dominating 21-2 run. Reilly Skerbetz scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half while Mia Woytovich had seven of her team-high 14 points.
Fredericktown, playing short-handed for the second consecutive game without top players Kaitlyn Slagus and Bria Rathway, was no match as it lost for the third time in the last four games.
Brittany Stawovy led the Butcher Shop with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Fredericktown Butcher Shop and Tommy Thomas State Farm will meet in the second game of Monday's playoff doubleheader at Mechanic Street Playground in California.
Lagerheads 47, Bitonti's Barristers 44
In the nightcap, Lagerheads pulled off the upset in impressive fashion, going on a 7-0 run to close the first half with a 26-21 lead.
The winners never trailed in the second half.
Maris Seto, a sophomore-to-be at Brownsville, paced a balanced Lagerheads attack with 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven steals.
She was the only player for the winners to hit double figures, but seven of the eight Lagerheads players who got in the game cracked the scoring column.
Bitonti's got big games from Belle Vernon Area's Meaghan Murphy and Kaitlin Thomas. Murphy had a game-high 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Thomas added 18 points.
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