Published Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:05 am
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Omaha Skutt girls take down Torrington in final

The Torrington girls basketball team’s last appearance in the Western Conference Invitational Tournament was a special one despite the Blazers falling to the Omaha Skutt Skyhawks on Saturday in the championship game.

The Skyhawks used an 18-point performance from Alex Banker to defeat Torrington 49-34.

Despite the loss, Torrington’s Allison Marsh, who finished with a game-high 15 points, said she was proud of her team’s accomplishment. It was the Blazers’ first appearance in the championship game.

"I think as a team this is the best we have played together, and like Coach [Mike] Halley had said, he has never had a team make it to the championship, and we made it all the way here," Marsh said. "Even with other good teams that he had, they went 1-1 in the first two days. This is also the last time our team will come to this tournament, so it is exciting that we made it this far and to play a team from Omaha that we will never see again."

Marsh said the Blazers played their best defense of the season against a very talented Skutt team.

"I thought this game was good for us because it is the best competition that we will see all year," she said. "We hustled a lot."

The Trailblazers held their own against the eastern Nebraska school. The first quarter, in particular, was a tight contest. Marsh scored the opening bucket and then the Trailblazers trailed by one, 12-11, after eight minutes of play.

In the second quarter, the Skyhawks jumped out to a 19-11 lead behind five points from Alex Banker. Omaha Skutt led by double digits, 26-15, thanks to five points from Brooke Denton. Skutt took a 29-17 lead at the break on a Denton 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The third quarter was the difference in the game as Skutt outscored Torrington 17-6 to grab a 41-21 lead. Torrington cut the lead to 15 points on a 3-pointer and a deuce by Marsh and a bucket by Kailee Adams, but it wasn’t enough.

Torrington was led by Marsh’s 15 points followed by Adams with eight.

Skutt was led by Banker’s 18 points. Denton tallied 10 points while Miranda Kaster had eight.

Marsh said she’s excited about the Blazers’ outlook.

"This year we have a lot of potential," she said. "We are playing well together. We have underclassmen and a lot of seniors, and we have a team member that moved from Southeast, and she is helping. As a group, we are playing really well."

Torrington (2-1) 11 6 4 13 – 34
Omaha Skutt (3-0) 12 17 12 8 – 49

TORRINGTON
Murphy Haun 4, Lindsay Lemmon 2, Allison Marsh 15, Sara Kostur 2, Kailee Adams 8, Maddie Werner 3.

OMAHA SKUTT
Alex Banker 18, Tara Cannon 6, Brooke Denton 10, Savannah Adams 2, Miranda Kaster 8, Anna Bellinghiere 3, Laura Speer 2.

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