Girls hoops Bees take dramatic path to Middleton title

No one would have any breathing room in the final, though. Claire Monnat's trio of 3-pointers helped the Bees move in front by as much as four in the second period, but she went to the bench with three fouls and WG pulled within one, 22-21, at the break.

The third quarter proved similar, as B'ville, pushed by Jordan (five of her 10 points came in this period), went up 29-23, only to see the Wildcats come back again, closing the period on a 9-1 run to seize a 32-30 lead.

Four times in the fourth quarter, the lead switched hands. Claire Monnat's two free throws with 4:36 helped the Bees inch ahead for good, and for the rest of the way WG got just one field goal, B'ville's defense again excelling in the homestretch.

Maggie Monnat's free throw with seven seconds left sealed the title as her sister, Claire, who had 14 points in the final after getting 10 points against RFA, earned tournament MVP honors. Giromini also made the All-Tournament team, as did WG freshman Melissa Fumano, who led both sides with 15 points. RFA beat Henninger 46-36 in the consolation game.

B'ville will play Auburn on Tuesday, then head back to practice for nearly two weeks before resuming its season Dec. 27 and 28 at East Syracuse-Minoa's Vince Celi Memorial Tournament, where it will play Class A contender Whitesboro in the first round.

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