Bottoms, Saunders lead Allderdice to title over Westinghouse

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Allderdice came out and protected their unmarked 17-0 City League record to claim their second-straight title over Westinghouse, 38-34, March 5.

They were led by Janay Bottom’s 12 points, while Lanise Saunders and Sydnee Abernathy each added nine for the Dragons.

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CHAMPIONS—The Allderdice girls celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Westinghouse 38-34 in the City League championship game March 5. (Courier photo/William McBride/File)

Allderdice was down by six at halftime and their coach, Dave Walchesky, expressed displeasure in the way his team played in the first half.

“In staging a comeback, we need we would have to trust our leaders,” he said. “That was the worst half that we’d played all year. I think it was nerves. We weren’t finishing with passes and shots. After a while, it just looked like we were spinning our wheels out there.”

Bottoms realized that when the second half came she would have to lead her team to the crown.

“My dad was sitting in the first row and all I could hear was what he was saying, after a while,” Bottoms said. “There were so many people and it made us so nervous. But it was when I made a couple of plays in the third quarter that helped me realize what was at stake and I wouldn’t go down without a fight.”

Shanese Nelson’s 14 points led the Bulldogs who are no stranger to the championship. Their coach, Phyllis Jones, has been to more consecutive title games than any active coach in the league.

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