Mercy/Warrior Classic Day 3: East Newton tops McAuley; Lamar falls to Providence

Jan. 31—Day three of the Mercy/Warrior Classic featured round-two games of the girls' bracket.

The early matchup was a consolation game between the seven-seed East Newton and six-seed McAuley Catholic. The Patriots won 42-28 to hand the Warriors a seventh-place finish and earn a spot in the consolation championship for fifth place.

East Newton will meet Thomas Jefferson in that fifth-place game.

Brooklyn Blanchard and Kadie Sesay led the Patriots with 12 points apiece.

Kloee Williamson notched 11 for McAuley Catholic. The loss drops the Warriors to 5-15 overall and 0-2 in the tournament. With only seven teams in the field, there won't be another tournament game for McAuley.

The Patriots (5-15) get revenge after losing to the Warriors back in November in the Gem City Classic at Diamond High School.


Lamar fought to pull away from Thomas Jefferson late in the game on Monday. On Wednesday, it played from behind most of the game against Providence Christian Academy in a 71-43 loss.

Lamar, seeded fourth, trailed 21-8 after the first quarter against top-seeded Providence.

The Tigers only saw the deficit grow to 19 points by halftime. They won the third quarter and trailed 55-38 entering the final quarter.

But there was no comeback in store.

The Patriots were led by a 24-point performance from Lola Kivaga. Kivaga dropped in three 3-pointers — two in the first quarter — donning the jersey number of 24.

Others in double figures were Ava Maner (15) and Anna Imbo (13).

Lamar was led by Brenna Morey's 13 points. Kynlee McColloch added 11 and Zavrie Wiss, 10.