Towanda hosts Junior High Tournament
TOWANDA - Twenty-eight Junior High and 5th/6th grade teams converged on the Towanda School District Campus Saturday for the 8th Annual Dandy Mini Marts and Gannon Associates Lady Knights Roundball Classic. Teams traveled from six counties throughout Pennsylvania and New York and upwards to two and a half hours to compete in this year's event. Local teams found success in the 5/6th grade and junior high tournaments. In the 5/6th grade tournament, the Athens Lady Wildcats defeated Warrior Run 26-4 to capture 5th place while Northeast Bradford knocked off Montoursville 19-16 to grab 3rd. In the 5/6th grade championship game, the Loyalsock Lady Lancers knocked off Waverly 32-17 to capture their first tournament title. Other top local performers included Towanda (2-1), Wellsboro (2-2), Troy (1-2) and North Penn (1-2).
The junior high tournament featured the second triple overtime game in tournament history. Following a pair of two minute overtime periods, Williamson was able to steal the win, nailing the front end of a one and one during the sudden death period. Hollywood couldn't write a better ending as the tournament was highlighted by the second overtime game of the day during the Jr. High Tournament Championship. Warrior Run would prevail, dealing defending champion Montoursville a 29-27 defeat. The Lady Defenders player dropped in a pair of foul shots in the waning moments of the first overtime period to hoist their second tournament championship. Local teams stole the show in the consolation finals as the Athens Lady Wildcats defeated the Northeast Lady Panthers 25-20 to take away 3rd place and the Sayre Lady Redskins downed the Towanda Lady Knights 24-8 running away with 5th. Other local finishers include Canton (1-2), Wellsboro (1-2), Troy (1-2) and Waverly (1-2).
The tournament committee would like to thank all of our sponsors; Dandy Mini Marts, Gannon Associates, First Citizens Bank, Peoples State Bank, GTP, The Victorian Charm Inn, Hurley's Supermarket, The Flying Cow Bakery and Café and the Towanda Teachers Association. Also, we would like to thank the teams, coaches, fans and many volunteers that help make this tournament a success. A special thanks to both the St. Agnes School and the Towanda Area School District for allowing us to host the event in their facilities. We look forward to next year.