The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 3, 2013

Scott Dudinskie's girls basketball column: Sibling rivalry plays out on court

Jon Weaver chuckled at the thought of his sibling rivalry being played out by teenage girls on a basketball court.

Weaver's Warrior Run team battled brother Craig Jr.'s Muncy squad tooth-and-nail for the Defender Holiday Tournament championship last week.

It was extremely intense for a nonconference game in the middle of winter break, when tournament games can often lean toward exhibitions.

At times the action appeared more suitable for the Octagon than the hardwood: bodies hitting the deck, blood flowing, fans spewing venom.

And it all took place in front of the Weavers' parents, father Craig Sr.'s Montgomery team having played earlier in the tournament consolation game.

Just like when growing up, eh, Jon?

"Yep -- that's exactly how it was. That's just like the old back-yard brawls right there," Weaver said with a laugh, "but I didn't always win in the back yard."

Take away the brother-vs-brother factor and there were the makings of a great game. Muncy, led by dynamic scorer Jordan Jones, was unbeaten. Warrior Run, with its lethal inside-outside duo of Steph Shamburg and Tay Parker, was the three-time defending tournament champion.

Both teams played with the pride those streaks would demand, and then some. Warrior Run ultimately had to erase a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter -- with six of Shamburg's 19 points and a clutch, go-ahead trey from Parker -- to escape with a 45-42 win.

What made the win so noteworthy is what the Defenders had to do to get it. They wouldn't have won playing straight-up, by-the-book ball. They had to ratchet up the nastiness, be willing to take what wasn't theirs, get on the floor and, yes, bleed a little if need be.

"That was a very physical game," said Weaver. "We had girls bleeding, they had girls bleeding, scratches ... It's nice to see, with the young kids we have. A lot of these kids haven't been in a game like that, against an undefeated team. It was all guts and heart."

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