Queens of the court
Regular season champion Bitonti's Barristers didn't have its leading scorer, Meaghan Murphy (17 points per game) going into Wednesday night's championship game of the girls' division of the J. Budd Grebb Memorial Summer Basketball League.
But Bitonti's had the next best thing — Murphy's Belle Vernon Area teammate, Phaedra DeWitt.
DeWitt scored 15 points, including 10 in the second half, to lead Bitonti's (6-2) to a 52-38 win over Fredericktown Butcher Shop (4-4) in the inaugural title game at California Area Middle School.
DeWitt scored five early points to give Bitonti's a 7-3 lead it never relinquished. In the second half, she drilled successive 3-pointers that gave the winners a 33-21 lead with 13:20 to play.
Her overall effort was good enough to nail down the MVP award of the girls' division.
Teammate Lindsay Huhn had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Kylie Huffman grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the champs.
After taking the 7-3 lead, Bitonti's upped the margin to 23-12 in the first half when Cara Grogan drained a three-pointer with 5:20 left.
Bitonti's took a 25-19 lead into intermission behind five points each from Grogan, DeWitt and Marissa Bitonti.
Fredericktown tried to rally in the second half, cutting the deficit to 43-36 on two free throws by Brittany Stawovy with 3:42 to play.
However, Bitonti's scored eight of the next 10 points to salt the game away.
Bria Rathway and Kaitlyn Slagus, two other BVA products, led Fredericktown with 17 and 11 points, respectively.
Rathway, who scored nine points in the second half, also had five rebounds.
Slagus, who fouled out late in the game, also had 11 rebounds and blocked four shots.
After the title game, the league announced its all-star teams.
On the first team were DeWitt and Murphy from Bitonti's, Slagus and Stawovy from Fredericktown, Mia Woytovich from Tommy Thomas State Farm and Maris Seto from Lagerheads.
The second team was composed of Bitonti's Kaitlyn Thomas, Grogan and Huffman, Fredericktown's Rathway and Kyonna McCrae of Lagerheads.
Prior to the championship game, the consolation contest was played with Lagerheads routing Tommy Thomas, 48-19.
Seto had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners' balanced attack, while Bailey Vig had seven points and seven rebounds for Tommy Thomas, which played without leading scorer Woytovich.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.