Hawks win Torchia Classic crown

Hawks win Torchia Classic crown

The Mohawk Valley Community College women's basketball team opened the 2014-15 season back-to-back victories to capture the 14th Annual Anthony Torchia Memorial Classic this past weekend.

In the season opener, the Hawks' bench was the driving force behind the thrust that had MVCC flying past Queensborough Community College en route to a 92-39 victory. The Hawks were led by sophomore Imani Pierce as she went 9-of-11 from the field that included one three pointer. Along with grabbing two rebounds and handing out two assists, she made five steals and finished with 21 points. Joining her off the bench for double figures was Analese Dublin with 10 points, three rebounds and two steals.

The Hawks starting five may have gotten off to a bit of a slow start, accumulating just 33 points as MVCC jumped out to a 45-18 halftime lead. The starting team sat most of the game after this lead.

MVCC 82, Jefferson CC 49: The title game was a continuation of the Hawks' first game as a 38-22 halftime lead was quickly built on for an 82-49 victory over Jefferson Community College.

The starting five for MVCC were on their 'A' game as freshman forward Jhontay Giles battled for four rebounds and four steals while scoring 16 points. She was joined in the paint by sophomore forward Shelbey Kralik for 18 points, four rebounds and three steals.

From the perimeter, Stevie Ray nailed 50 percent of her shots for 14 points while handing out four assists, snagged two rebounds and made two steals.

The MVCC bench played a powerful supporting role with a combined 28 points. As a team, the Hawks shot 51.8 percent (29-56) from the field and 69.2 percent (18-26) from the foul line. MVCC outrebounded Jefferson CC 33-21 and forced 28 turnovers.

Pierce was named MVP of the Torchia Classic having hit 72 percent of her shots from the floor to average 15 points.