For the last five years, Sunbury Christian has been the bridesmaid and not the bride, as the Eagles have finished as runners-up in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association Tournament each time.
In Sunbury Christian’s sixth straight trip to the ACAA finals, the Eagles finally broke through by taking a 33-21 victory over Juniata Mennonite on Saturday at Cambria County Christian School.
The ACAA championship is the first for Sunbury Christian (19-4) since 2002.
Torri Erdman helped bring the title back to Northumberland County with a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds. Erdman was named the tourney’s MVP and a first-team ACAA All-Star for her efforts.
Becky Gingrich added nine points and seven rebounds for the Eagles and Faith Gingrich chipped in five points, with the latter also earning All-Star status.
Juniata Mennonite’s Molly Arnold scored seven points in the loss, and she joins Erdman and Gingrich as league All-Stars.
Meadowbrook Christian’s Maddison Burrows and Northumberland Christian’s Bethany Severn round out the season’s ACAA All-Stars.
District 3 Tournament
New Hope Academy 20
HALIFAX — The Wildcats shot 49 percent from the floor to cruise to the Class A quarterfinal win.
Kylee Sorichetti led Halifax (18-5) with 21 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and three assists.
Morgan Cox added 15 points for the Wildcats, plus Brianna Turner chipped in 14 points in the win.
Halifax next plays Upper Dauphin in a semifinal matchup Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Central Dauphin East High School.
Harrisburg Chr. 46,
HARRISBURG — The top-seeded Knights were just too much for the Wildcats after they held the No. 9 seed to just four second-half points in the Class A quarterfinal. Greenwood ends its season at 11-12, while Harrisburg Christian improves to 24-1.
Upper Dauphin 38,
Lancaster County Chr. 33
LANCASTER — Leading by eight points at the break, the Trojans needed to kick and scratch to keep that lead and pull out the Class A quarterfinal win.
Taylor Brown scored 17 points to lead No. 7 seed Upper Dauphin (13-10), which next plays Halifax in Tuesday’s semifinals.