MERIDIAN - Dublin pressured its way to a pair of easy wins on opening day of Meridian's High School basketball tournament Friday. The Lady Lions entered Saturday action a victory away from sweeping their pool and reaching the championship of the event.
The wins came over a pair of 1A Division I teams as the 2A Lady Lions cruised past Italy and Evant. They faced Axtell Saturday morning to determine the winner of the pool.
The eight-team tournament is divided into two pools of four teams each. Pool winners faced off for the championship, while the runner-up from each pool played for third and fourth. Third-place teams played off for fifth and fourth-place for seventh.
Dublin 64, Italy 28
A 21-6 first-quarter power surge sent the Lady Lions on their way to a 64-28 rout of Italy in the first girls pool game of the event at the elementary school Friday morning.
Seven Dublin players combined to hit 10 3-point field goals, three of them by Carley Belew who led the Lady Lions with 15 points. Her twin sister Carey Belew scored 13 points. The sisters combined for 23 by halftime.
Ajia Muro hit two long bombs and scored 10 for Dublin while Amber James and Sydney Beck each netted seven.
Dublin 80, Evant 49
The Lady Lions stayed hot from the arc with six more 3-pointers in their second pool game Friday afternoon at the high school. They amassed 26 points in the first quarter and scored a season high in the 80-49 win over Evant.
Eight Dublin players had points by the end of the first stanza, and five Lady Lions scored at least six by halftime when it was 44-31. They quickly put the game away after the intermission, starting the third on an 18-4 run to lead 62-35.
Sydney Beck poured in 15 to lead Dublin's balanced offense. Ajia Muro scored 14, Carley Belew 13 and Mica Muro 10. Two others just missed double figures as Amber James and Carey Belew netted eight each.
Blum 48, Huckabay 24
Huckabay got off to a slow start and never recovered against Blum, which scored the first eight points in a 48-24 victory in Friday morning pool play at the elementary school.
The Lady Indians scored 17 of their 24 points after halftime, when Erin Baker had six of her team-leading nine points and Narda Fragoza had six of her eight. The remaining seven points were scored by Leann Green.
Bosqueville 54, Huckabay 21
Taylor Lowe scored 10 points, but it wasn't enough for Huckabay, which managed just three points in the second quarter and two in the third in its 54-21 pool-play loss to Bosqueville at the elementary gym Friday evening.
The Lady Indians also picked up four points from Narda Fragoza, three from Bailey Woolridge and two each from Makayla Metsgar and Marisol Hernandez.