The snowfall delayed the start of the boys and girls finals of the IAABO high school tournaments last night at Blair. And both games were played as if the teams were trying to make up for the lost time.
In the girls championship, No. 18 Bullis raced past No. 11 Coolidge, 70-57, with a frenzied second-half performance.
Blair (7-0) continued its impressive performance by ending matters early in the boys final, defeating Sherwood, 92-51.
Bullis senior guard Christina Lee, who has signed a letter of intent with James Madison, was named the girls tournament most valuable player. She scored 17 points in the final and 44 points for the Bulldogs (12-0) in two tournament victories.
Kira Orr, Lee's sophomore backcourt mate, led Bullis with 19 points as the tandem proved too much for Coolidge point guard Alfreda Jefferson.
Jefferson gave Bullis fits in the first half with deft drives and assists that enabled Coolidge (4-2) to hold a nine-point lead.
However, Bullis closed out the first half by scoring the final seven points to close to 39-37.
The Bulldogs continued to gather momentum in the third quarter by scoring 12 straight points to assume a 55-44 lead that ballooned to 70-51 midway through the final period.
Bullis center Maritza Dubois had a brutish performance inside that enabled her to garner 14 rebounds.
Coolidge forward Makisha Gray led all scorers with 22 points.
In the boys championship, the Blazers led 27-13 at the end of the first quarter and expanded the lead to 56-20 over Sherwood (3-3) at the half.
Blair guard David Vanterpool was named the boys most valuable player. He scored 34 points in two games and provided the court leadership for the Blazers, who defeated McKinley by 28 points in the opening round.
This was the first time Blair won its tournament in three years. They lost in the final last year.
Jevon Thomas scored 18 points to lead a Blazers scoring barrage.
Mark Smith led Sherwood with 21 points.