Thomas Dale (VA) Overpowers Winter Haven (FL) To Win Tournament
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – In a masterful display of basketball, Thomas Dale (VA) claimed the championship title of the 2023 United Bank Holiday Invitational, overpowering Winter Haven (FL) with a decisive 74-43 victory at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Thomas Dale’s performance was nothing short of dominant. Nylah Wilson led the charge with an outstanding 23 points, complemented by 2 assists and 2 steals. Her agility and sharp shooting were pivotal in establishing an early lead for Thomas Dale. Syvannah Dawson also made a significant impact, adding 14 points and 3 assists to the team’s score.
The game started with Winter Haven taking an early lead, but Thomas Dale quickly turned the tables, ending the first quarter with a 21-14 lead. Their offensive prowess continued throughout the game, with the team shooting an impressive 57.4% from the field. Timani Harris contributed 13 points, including three 3-pointers, showcasing her range and scoring ability.
Winter Haven, despite a valiant effort, struggled to keep up with Thomas Dale’s intensity. Jaeden Williams was their top scorer with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Serenity Hardy followed closely with 12 points. However, they faced challenges in penetrating Thomas Dale’s robust defense and converting opportunities into points.
Thomas Dale’s defense played a crucial role in their victory, forcing 17 turnovers from Winter Haven and converting these into 22 points. Their bench also played a key role, contributing 14 points and showcasing the depth of their squad.
The second half saw Thomas Dale pulling further away, outscoring Winter Haven 32-23. Their consistent performance across both halves of the game sealed their victory and a spot at the top of the tournament.
This win not only solidifies Thomas Dale’s status as a powerhouse in the tournament but also sets the tone for their upcoming season, promising more exciting basketball action from this talented team. The United Bank Holiday Invitational concludes with Thomas Dale (VA) emerging as deserving champions, demonstrating skill, teamwork, and a competitive spirit throughout the tournament.