Tense Semifinal at United Bank Holiday Invitational
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – In a tightly contested semifinal at the United Bank Holiday Invitational, Winter Haven (FL) emerged victorious over Paul VI (VA) with a final score of 53-49 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
The game was a showcase of skill and determination, with Winter Haven (FL) taking an early lead in the first half. They ended the first quarter with a 20-16 advantage, thanks to their aggressive play. Serenity Hardy of Winter Haven was the standout player, scoring a remarkable 28 points, including four 3-pointers, and completing 12 out of 15 free throws. Her performance was a significant factor in her team’s success.
Paul VI (VA), however, did not lag far behind. Laura Williams spearheaded their effort with an impressive 20 points and 11 rebounds, showcasing her prowess on both ends of the court. Demi Gilliam also made notable contributions with 12 points and 7 rebounds, keeping the game within reach for Paul VI.
The second half saw Paul VI (VA) making a strong comeback, reducing the deficit to just a few points. The game was a nail-biter, with both teams exchanging leads. Winter Haven managed to hold onto their lead, primarily due to their strong defensive plays and key contributions from players like Quin Grey DeSanders, who added 10 points to the team’s total.
Paul VI struggled with their three-point attempts, converting only 22.2% compared to Winter Haven’s 37.5%. Turnovers also played a crucial role, with Paul VI giving up 20 points off turnovers.
The game was intense till the final buzzer, with Winter Haven holding a slim lead. Their victory was a testament to their resilience and strategic play, especially in the crucial moments of the game.
This win propels Winter Haven into the finals of the United Bank Holiday Invitational, setting the stage for an exciting conclusion to the tournament. Fans and spectators at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center were treated to a basketball spectacle that highlighted the talents and competitive spirit of these young athletes.
As Winter Haven prepares for the finals, Paul VI (VA) will reflect on a hard-fought game, where they showcased skill, teamwork, and a never-say-die attitude. The United Bank Holiday Invitational continues to be a platform for high-quality basketball, with teams from across the nation demonstrating their prowess on the court.