MONTICELLO -- The Sherrard girls' basketball team entered the Monticello Holiday Hoopla coming off a loss butleft as champions.|
Balanced scoring and a stingy second-half defense carried Sherrard to the tournament title with a 40-33 win over Stark County on Friday night. It was the second consecutive season the Tigers won the tournament title.
"We responded well and played pretty well in four games," Sherrard coach Doug Swanson said.
Sherrard (16-1) scored only 16 second-half points, but held the Rebels to nine in that span. Stark County scored two points in the fourth quarter. Sherrard outscored the Rebels 16-3 at the free-throw line.
"In the second half, we were tough defensively," Swanson said. "The girls were executing much better in the second half."
On the offensive end, Anne Winston led a trio of Sherrard double-digit scorers with 12 points. Carly Adams and Erin Barton each added 10.
"We've been balanced all year," said Swanson. "It was no different down here."
Adams, Riley Strandgard and Shelby Calderone were each named to the all-tournament team. Three of the Tigers' four tournament victories were by double figures.
"The girls were excited," Swanson said. "We were happy to come out with a win. That's a good feeling."