NEPA Sports Nation

State championship in numbers

By Tom Robinson,

HERSHEY – Ciera Toomey came up with a creative way to produce a triple-double in the setting of a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championship game.

Toomey reached double figures in both offensive and defensive rebounds Thursday night.

The 11 offensive boards and 10 more on the defensive end were part of 14-point, 21-rebound, 5-steal, 3-assist, 2-block effort by the University of North Carolina-commit in Dunmore’s 42-30 victory over River Valley for the Class 3A girls basketball title.

Some other key numbers from Thursday’s game at The Giant Center:


Statistic: The time Dunmore spent with the lead in the 32-minute game. The rest of the story: Dunmore did not trail after the third quarter of the District 2 championship game against Holy Redeemer.


Statistic: The number of shots River Valley’s Ava Persichetti needed to score her game-high 18 points. The rest of the story: Dunmore limited the other four Panthers, all of whom played all 32 minutes, to one field goal each.


Statistic: Points scored by Dunmore’s Sophia Talutto and Tristan Canavan. The rest of the story: Talutto and Canavan joined Toomey to give Dunmore three double-figures scorers to one for River Valley.


Statistic: 3-point attempts by Dunmore. The rest of the story: After going 0-for-13 in Monday’s state semifinal victory over Lancaster Catholic, Dunmore attempted just four. Cadie Lewis had the only made 3-pointer, connecting with 1:42 left in the third quarter for the 34-25 lead the Lady Bucks took into the fourth.


Statistic: Both the Dunmore offensive and River Valley defensive rebound totals. The rest of the story: The Dunmore scouting report noted that one of River Valley’s strengths was its offensive rebounds. The Panthers managed just 6 while being outrebounded 38-25 overall.


Statistic: Points in the paint. The rest of the story: The Lady Bucks outscored the Panthers, 24-14.

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