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ALUMNI REPORT: Toomey leads Dunmore’s pursuit of perfection

Victoria Toomey and her current Dunmore teammates have never lost a Lynett Memorial Tournament game and they have not lost this season.

Toomey was part of a senior group that became the first team to win four straight Lynett girls title. They rallied for a hard-fought, 51-41 victory over Scranton Prep in a semifinal meeting of unbeatens, then overpowered Holy Cross from the start in a 57-27 championship game rout at Lackawanna College.

After repeating her status as tournament Most Valuable Player, Toomey, a graduate of the JB Hoops AAU program, also received another honor for the second straight season when she was selected Dec. 31 as a PNC District 2 Girls Basketball Player of the Week.

The Lady Bucks, who have since won two more games by a total of 82 points to improve to 9-0, showed off their variety of weapons in both tournament games. Toomey led the team in scoring both times along with sharing the lead in assists in the semifinal, then leading the team in steals and blocked shots in the championship game.

Being MVP twice in a row just adds to the list of memories Toomey takes from the annual holiday week tournament.

“Having done it before, it is a thought in my head, but I would never focus on that,” Toomey, a 6-foot-1 senior forward/center, said of repeating the honor. “My teammates just put me in real good position to get it.

“But I think any of our players could have gotten it and it would have made sense.”

Toomey had 15 points and 6 assists against Scranton Prep. Three of those assists came in Gianna Delfino’s fourth-quarter streak of eight straight points to break the game’s final tie.

The championship game was decided early and, again, Toomey was right in the middle of the decisive stretch.

Toomey went 6-for-6 in the first quarter, scoring 12 points in a 19-5 first quarter.

 “Since they don’t have someone as tall as me, it was obviously stressed, but we would take whatever shots we can get,” Toomey said.

The reigning District 2 Player of the Year produced more than a point per minute in the final. She went 10-for-16 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the line to score 23 points in 21 minutes. Toomey also contributed on defense, blocking three shots and making three steals.

Dunmore is also defending champion of Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A. The Lady Bucks went all the way to the state semifinals last season with Toomey averaging 17 points per game on her way to second-team, Class 3A all-state recognition from Pennsylvania sports writers.

Toomey, who committed to an NCAA Division I scholarship from Rider University in the offseason, is averaging more than 14 points per game this season.

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