By Scott Dudinskie
The Daily Item
TURBOTVILLE -- Chloe Eisenhuth didn't waste a second pondering the question.
Asked what she was more proud of, the trophy she received for making the all-tournament team or the gash on her left leg from diving onto the floor multiple times Friday night, the Warrior Run junior beamed.
"The gash on my leg!" she said, bursting into laughter.
The Defenders left their gym battered, bruised and, in some cases, bloodied from the effort it took to win the Warrior Run Holiday Tournament championship for the fourth consecutive year.
They rallied to erase a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit and went ahead of undefeated Muncy by six in the waning seconds. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer made the final score 45-42, but it was the only Muncy field goal in the game's final five minutes.
"Defense is our thing ... and in order to get the ball on (the offensive) end we had to play tough defense," said Eisenhuth, who had to leave the game briefly in the first half when blood from a wound below her left knee trickled to just above her ankle.
"I am really, really sore," she added. "Thank God we don't have practice (Saturday) because I don't think I could get out of bed too early."
The Defenders more than lived up to their name, taking aggressive defense to a level beyond simply diving for loose balls. They attempted to rip the ball from the Indians every chance they could and crashed the boards to the tune of a 42-25 advantage.
A touch of nastiness helped Warrior Run overcome 31 percent shooting and 24 turnovers.
"We started out slow again (offensively) but the defense kept us in the game," said Defenders coach Jon Weaver, who trumped brother and Muncy coach Craig Weaver Jr. in the title game.