The Arlington High School girls basketball team gutted out a 46-38 win over host Roy C. Ketcham to win its third straight Lisa Moray Memorial Tournament championship on Saturday.
The 3-0 Admirals led wire to wire, but Ketcham pulled to within three points early in the fourth quarter.
“It’s always good to have close games under your belt just to get the experience and not be nervous when it comes to the big time and (league play),” said Arlington’s Sarah Kaminsky, who scored nine points Saturday and had 18 in a 59-57 semifinal win over Red Hook on Friday to be named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Jackie Rywalt scored a team-high 11 points for Arlington, while teammate Alexis Holzmann, who was named to the all-tournament team, had 10 points and eight rebounds. Holzmann was 8 for 10 from the free-throw line.
Amanda Wall led Ketcham (1-3) with a game-high 15 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Indians point guard Kim Quiles chipped in with nine points.
“We knew they have good shooters,” Arlington coach Kim Costello said. “We had to contain their dribble and just make sure we moved our feet on defense and contested outside shots.”
Arlington held a 23-18 halftime lead and was up 25-19 after a Gabi Esposito basket before Wall knocked down a 3 for Ketcham. Arlington’s free-throw shooting was strong down the stretch as the Admirals were 12 for 14 from the charity stripe in the second half (19 for 26 for the game) to secure the win.
Rywalt said she thought her team’s stamina and defense were what pulled them through.
“We pulled through with energy and got the win,” Rywalt said.
Wall said she was glad her team was able to throw a little scare into the Admirals.
“It’s been a while since we’ve done that,” said Wall, who was named to the all-tournament team. “We just held our own and did what we had to do. (Arlington’s) a very skilled team and we probably just got a little tired. We gave it our best shot.”
Ketcham coach John Spear was happy with his team in a losing effort.
“It was our best total performance of the year, easily,” said Spear, Ketcham’s first-year coach. “We put things together finally for the first time. Arlington’s a dynamite team. They’re very well coached. There’s so many defenses they play and so many looks they give you that you need to be prepare for.”
Costello said her team’s veteran presence can lift them to wins like Saturday’s.
“Any time you can win close games, you can learn something about yourself as a team,” Costello said. “We’re pretty senior-heavy, so our girls are kind of ‘been there, done that.’ I have confidence with them at the end of games, handling pressure and doing what they need to do to pull out a victory.”