By Scott Dudinskie
The Daily Item
NORTHUMBERLAND -- In the end, there were simply too many of them.
In the beginning and middle, too, for that matter.
There were just too many Sunbury Christian scorers on the floor Friday for Northumberland Christian to pull an upset in the ACAA rivals' final meeting of the regular season.
Abby Daddario led a charge that staked Sunbury Christian to an early eight-point lead. Torri Erdman fueled a late first-half run that helped push the margin to double-digits at the beginning of the third quarter. And Tiffany Billings made two key buckets in the fourth to end the Warriors' final comeback bid.
All three Eagles scored in double-figures to more than offset Norry scoring queen Alyssa Wesner's 21-point effort in a 41-30 win at the splendid Bingaman Activity Center.
"I think that's the key to our team: On any given night we have a different leading scorer," said Sunbury Christian coach John Jones. "I never go into a game thinking that one person's going to dominate. I expect 10-to-12 points from all of them. Some nights it happens; some nights it doesn't."
Daddario scored a team-high 17 with eight coming in a pivotal first quarter that forced Northumberland to play from behind throughout. Erdman and Billings dropped 12 and 10 points, respectively, and combined for 22 rebounds. Freshman Brandy Schroth, a starter due to point guard Jess Stuck's illness, pulled nine boards.
Sunbury (12-1) took a commanding lead in the ACAA East Division at 8-0. Northumberland, which was in a three-way tie for fourth place in the division, dropped to 9-7, 2-4.
"We've played against this team forever and they've been our main competition that whole time," said Daddario. "So to beat them like that really empowers us and makes us feel good."