NOTE: THERE IS A LATE SCORE COMING IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON TO BE ADDED TO THIS. IT CAN BE LAID OUT BUT WE HAVE TO ALLOW FOR A FEW PARAGRAPHS TO BE ADDED LATER.
One word from the coach is all it took to snap Holy Redeemer out of a funk.
And suddenly, an early three-point deficit Saturday turned into a route.
Alexis Lewis scored 26 points, Alana Wilson and Alyssa Platko combined for 25 and Redeemer recovered from a recent loss by pounding host Pittston Area, 71-35 to win the championship of the Pittston Area girls basketball Holiday Tournament at Pittston Area High School.
The 5-1 Royals started sluggishly, falling behind 9-6 when Allie Barber scored four points and Eastin Ashby drilled a 3-point field goal to stagger expected WVC kingpin Redeemer at the start.
But Royals coach Chris Parker called a timeout, imploring his team to stop going through the motions.
That set in motion an onslaught of Redeemer points that put the game away by halftime.
With her brother, Penn State wide receiver Eugene Lewis looking on in approval, Lewis turned, twisted and torched the Patriots with smooth skill. She took a couple of rebounds the length of the court for layups, skying above everyone for most of the night.
Lewis scored seven points in the first quarter and triggered a Redeemer run of six straight points that took the Royals into the second quarter with a 13-9 lead.
It only continued to grow.
Lewis opened the second quarter with a personal string of seven straight points - including a 3-pointer - and the Royals ran their lead into double-digits.
Meanwhile, Redeemer’s tenacious press defense began to bear down.
The Royals held Pittston Area without a basket in the second quarter, taking a 30-14 lead into the second half.
Rebecca Prociak popped seven points for Redeemer in the third quarter and Lewis added six, extending the Royals lead to 27 points near the end of the period.
Platko and Lewis both finished up with five points in the fourth quarter as Redeemer left with the tourney title.
That helped sooth the Royals’ lone loss of the season, a one-point heartbreaker at Wallenpaupack last week.
In the tourney consolation game, despite 15 points from Jessica Soriak, Wyoming Area dropped a 65-63 heartbreaker when a 3-point attempt in the final seconds went awry.
Mountain View 65
Wyoming Area 63
The Warriors were led by 15 points from Jessica Soriak and 13 points from Nicole Wright in the consolation game of the Pittston Area Holiday Tournament.
Wyoming Area was done in by eight threes from Mountain View - Makenna Whitaker had five of those threes and finished with 38 points.