Unionville Holiday Basketball Tournament
● By Steven Hoffman
The Unionville Holiday Basketball Tournament took place on Dec. 27 and 28, and Chichester emerged as the tournament champion on the boys' side, while Academy Park won the tournament final on the girls' side.
In the opening game of the tournament on Wednesday, Academy Park's Mahya Woodton reached an impressive milestone, scoring the 1,000th point in her scholastic career. Woodton's milestone basket came on a three-point play with 59 seconds left to play in the third quarter of what would turn out to be a 71-38 victory over Avon Grove.
Woodton poured in 33 points for the game to lead all scorers. Her teammate, Shantalay Hightower, scored 24 points, including four 3-pointers.
For Avon Grove, Amanda Smida scored 12 points to lead the way. Seven different players scored for Avon Grove.
In the other girls' game on Wednesday, Haverford topped Unionville, 48-38, to advance to the tournament title game.
On the boys' side, Unionville defeated Chester Charter School for the Arts, 66-35, to advance to the title game, while Chichester topped Council Rock North, 61-55. Chichester then defeated Unionville, 64-61, to win the tournament. Council Rock North defeated Chester Charter to win the consolation game.
In the girls' title game, Academy Park defeated Haverford, 55-51. Unionville topped Avon Grove, 47-31 to win the consolation game.