The final day of University High's Lady Cubs Holiday Classic resulted in wins for Fontainebleau and Ursuline, a day after the two schools met Friday.
Fontainebleau tried to finish out the round-robin tournament with a win against Dutchtown after losing its previous two games to Ursuline and Lee, which played in the following game Saturday.
FONTAINEBLEAU 51, DUTCHTOWN 29: Fontainebleau’s defense was the story of the game, allowing 29 points and just two in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs deployed a zone defense to counter the size advantage of Dutchtown.
“I thought it was pretty effective against them,” Fontainebleau coach Mark Beason said. “They didn’t shoot well from the outside, and we took advantage of it in the zone.”
Offensively, Fontainebleau was led by senior Angelle Darby. Darby scored 19 points as Fontainebleau improved to 12-6.
“This is a good tournament, a lot of good competition,” Beason said. “We played two possible state champions, and (Dutchtown) is a team that beat us in the playoffs.”
Chelsea Cain and Zaria Harleaur were Dutchtown’s top scorers with 10 points each.
URSULINE 57, LEE 44: Lee and its full-court zone press defense had no answer for the state’s top player, Ursuline's Kourtney Weber.
“I kept telling them we have the lead, no need to rush,” said Ursuline coach Andrea Williams on her team’s struggles against Lee’s press early. “Once they settled down and (Lee) started to pressure us toward the end, we started to find the open person, getting the ball past half court, getting our layups and things like that.”
The key to breaking the press was Weber.
A five-star recruit according to ESPN, Weber scored 23 points. She was instrumental in building a first-quarter lead Ursuline never relinquished. Diamond Hunter led Lee with 19 points.
Lee worked its way back after being down 51-31 and cut the lead to 53-42 with over a minute to play. However, Weber sank two free throws to put the game out of reach.
“She played great,” Williams said. “She is our senior leader, she is going to Florida State next year and she does whatever we need her to do to win. If we need her to guard the best player, she’s going to guard her. If we need her to score, she’s going to score.”