A keen shooting Bishop Manogue team from Reno won last weekend’s Lady Eagle Invitational girls basketball tournament.
The Miners, the third-rated large school in Northern Nevada, denied the host Del Oro Lady Eagles’ bid to win their third tournament of the season by using a big fourth quarter surge to down the tourney hosts, 70-62, in Saturday’s championship game.
Del Oro was fueled by strong play from Stephanie Geyer, Mia Maglinte and Lauren Heyn. The team got off to a strong start in the title bout by leading 30-29 at halftime and 51-44 at the end of three stanzas.
But the Miners stepped on the gas pedal in the final eight minutes as the Nevada squad used a pesky, full-court press to cause numerous turnovers that led to the Miners outscoring the Black and Gold 26-11 in the decisive fourth canto.
“We played a really good game,” said Del Oro coach Mike Takayama whose team is now 8-3 on the season. “With just five seniors we have a young squad and we made some turnovers that led to some easy baskets for them.”
Spearheading the Manogue charge to the crown was standout senior guard Gabbi Concepcion, who bucketed 32 points in the championship tilt. Fourteen of Concepcion’s points came in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Geyer led Del Oro with 19 points and 14 rebounds. She was followed by Maglinte, who netted 13 points and Heyn, who scored 11. Cami Brening also played a fine floor game as she chipped in with 12 assists on the night.
Del Oro picked up a big win on Friday as the Lady Eagles clipped El Camino, 54-47. The semi-final game was touch-and-go the whole way as the Lady Eagles held a 28-20 intermission advantage before holding off the Sacramento cagers the rest of the way.
Natalie Sohn sank 16 points and snared nine rebounds for the Lady Eagles, while Geyer added 15 markers and grabbed 10 caroms. Maglinte added 13 more key points to the cause.
In their tournament opener, Del Oro walloped Casa Roble in a runaway, 77-8. Maglinte’s 13 points and Geyer’s 12 sparked the win as 14 different Lady Eagles scored in the win. Both Geyer and Maglinte earned all-tourney honors for Del Oro.
Del Oro will be idle until Saturday when they host Kennedy in a 4 p.m. game. The following week, Del Oro heads to the East Bay for the West Coast Classic.