AYERSVILLE - Friday night, Leipsic's inside game helped power them to the finals of the Ayersville Holiday Tournament.



Saturday night in the finals it was the perimeter that helped the Vikings to the title.
Behind strong games from Haley Gerten and Shalynn Morman the Vikings won the Ayersville Holiday Tournament title with a 59-39 win over host Ayersville. In the consolation game, Hilltop downed Continental 50-41 to claim third place.
Friday evening the Vikings inside presence of Kelly Nadler and Amber Gerdeman combined for 36 points in a 59-39 win over Continental. Saturday evening it was Gerten and Morman that combined for 33 points to aid the Viking offense.
Gerten, a guard, paced the Vikings offense with 17 points and Morman, a guard, added 16 points in the win. Junior forward Kelly Nadler reached double digits with 12 points.
Leipsic had a 12-11 lead over the Pilots before using an 18-8 run in the second quarter for a 30-19 halftime lead. Leipsic (7-3) continued to pull away in the second half outscoring the Pilots 29-20 to close out the win.
Brittany Addington led the Pilots (7-2) with 12 points, while M. Hammersmith and Schubert both had eight points.
Nadler was named the Most Valuable Player for the tournament as she had 36 points in the two games.
Hilltop 50
Continental 41
In the consolation game Continental had the early edge on Hilltop.
The Cadets turned the game around in the second quarter and continued to pull away in the second half for a 50-41 win.
The Pirates had a 13-8 lead after the opening quarter before the Cadets grabbed the halftime lead with a 16-8 scoring edge. A 15-13 run in the third quarter by Hilltop pushed their lead to five.
Hannah Bleikamp led Hilltop (7-2) with 18 points and LeAnn Joost had 11 points.
Erica Fitzwater led the Pirates (5-4) with 13 points and Paige Ordway had 10 points.
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Championship Game
Leipsic 20- 15- 59: N. Kreinbrink 0; H. Kreinbrink 3; Ellerbrock 0; Scheckelhoff 0; Rieman 2; Morman 16; Gerdeman 4; Nadler 12; Gerten 17; Steffan 0; Niese 0; Kaufman 5; Goodwin 0; Bermudez 0.
Ayersville 16- 4- 39: Tressler 6; N. Hammersmith 0; Bailey 0; M. Hammersmith 8; schubert 8; Addington 12; Johnston 0; Carnahan 0; Waldron 5; Moore 0; Engel 0.
Leipsic 12 18 13 16 - 59
Ayersville 11 8 9 11 - 39
Three-point goals: Leipsic 4 (Morman 2, H. Kreinbrink 1, Gerten 1); Ayersville 3 (Addington 2, Waldron 1).
Third Place Game
Hilltop 18-45 13-20 50: Denton 3-3-9; Cramer 1-0-2; Armbruster 0-2-2; Joost 4-3-11; Settlemire 2-0-4; Funkhouser 1-0-2; Bleikamp 7-3-18; Grant 0-2-2.
Continental 13-43 12-24 41: Fitzwater 4-3-13; Scott 1-1-3; Zachrich 2-2-7; Ordway 4-2-10; Kindilien 2-1-5; Recker 0-3-3.
Hilltop 8 16 15 11 - 50
Continental 13 8 13 7 - 41
Three-point goals: Hilltop 1 (Bleikamp 1); Continental 3 (Fitzwater 2, Zachrich 1).
Rebounds: Hilltop 32; Continental 26.
Turnovers: Hilltop 15, Continental 12.