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One day, three MVPs

One recent JB Hoops alum and two underclassmen within the AAU program all earned Most Valuable Player awards at their events when holiday girls basketball tournaments were being decided Saturday.

Abington Heights junior Clair Marion got it started in the afternoon in Pottsville where she scored 21 points in a 68-37 championship game victory over Whitehall in the Gatorade Classic.

Recent program alum Mackenzie Steele was up next.

The Susquehanna senior and University of Scranton commit had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots when the Lady Sabers won the Denise Reddon/Jill Hoffman Memorial Christmas Tournament for the third straight year, this time, 46-26, over Elk Lake on their home court.

Western Wayne sophomore Kaeli Romanowski completed the trifecta with 27 points in a 45-40 victory over the hosts in the finals of the Honesdale Jaycees Tournament.

All three players were their teams’ leading scorer in both games of the tournament.

Marion had 12 points during Friday’s 44-19 win over Pottsville in which she was part of a defense that held the host Crimson Tide to two points in the middle two quarters.

Abington Heights outscored Whitehall, 23-4, in the second quarter of the final to take a 37-13 halftime lead. Marion hit two 3-pointers and scored 11 points during that quarter.

Marion made her third 3-pointer of the game in the third quarter and scored six more points in the fourth.

Steele, who had made the all-tournament team the previous two years when the Lady Sabers won the titles, got off to a fast start in this season’s tournament. She had 12 points in the first quarter of the semifinal and finished with 16 points in the 60-32 victory over Montrose.

Taylor Huyck, another JB Hoops alum who was Reddon/Hoffman MVP last year, made the all-tournament this season for her contributions to Susquehanna’s title. Huyck had 15 points against Montrose, then 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals against Elk Lake in the final.

Romanowski had 25 points, all but two in the first half, Thursday when Western Wayne started the tournament with a 57-13 rout of Forest City. She had 14 in the first quarter of a game that Western Wayne led 26-3 at the quarter and 43-6 at halftime.

In the final, Romanowski made three 3-pointers and all but four of her team’s baskets.


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