The Eagles (30-2) led by 10 much of the game before the decisive stretch to start the final period.
“We like to play fast. We get a whole bunch of points off the fast break,” Grace Brethren leading scorer Michael Lepzem said. “It seemed like they were getting real tired and we were just gaining so much momentum, and it was great. It just felt, from that point on, that we had this game in the bag.”
The Eagles had four players score in double figures, led by 18 points from Lepzem and 15 from Desmond Brogsdale.
“We kept the pressure up on them. We wore them down after awhile, you could tell they were worn down,” Grace Brethren Coach Tony Cabbagestalk said. “We think our conditioning got them at the end. They started getting tired, so we were planning to push the ball up more and more on them.”
McLean School finished 19-5.
The Cougars (24-1) were led by a dominant effort on both ends of the court by tournament MVP Dominique Seamon, who scored 20 points and was extremely active on the defensive end. Covenant Life’s Kristen Mstowski also contributed 20 points for the Lions, eight of which came in the fourth quarter.
“Dominique and Kristen Mstowski, both, are just pace-setters for the whole game,” Covenant Life Coach Wayne Cates said. “Offensively and defensively, they just go out and make things happen and they lift the play of both.”
As a team, the Cougars were stifling on defense, forcing the Lions into tough shots and holding them to fewer than 10 points in three of four quarters. No Jewish Day player scored more than eight points Saturday night.
“I definitely love defense a lot more than offense, because of how you can just get down low, and you’re pressuring the girl trying to get her to mess up,” Seamon said. “I think I was trying to get the whole team pumped up.”