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Still the Best

December 13, 2023 - 00:00
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Lomega wins 5th straight Canton title

  • Still the Best
    ABBY SWART drives past an Arnett defender during Saturday’s championship game of the Canton Invitational. Swart was named MVP and never lost at the tournament during her four years. [Photo by Chris Simon/]

Abby Swart earned most valuable player honors as Lomega maintained its dominance at the Canton Invitational.

Class B’s fourth-ranked Lady Raiders won the tournament for the fifth straight year Saturday with a 68-55 victory over No. 12 Arnett.

It’s the fourth consecutive year for Lomega to defeat Arnett in the championship game.

A big first half vaulted Lomega to its latest title.

The Lady Raiders made four 3-pointers in each of the first two quarters as they built up a 45-24 lead.

Swart made three of them in that first half.

She was joined by Kate Myers in scoring eight during the first quarter that saw Lomega build a 23-13 advantage.

Freshman Bree Yost made two treys in the second quarter as part of a 22-11 run.

Myers eventually led the team with 16 points.

Swart scored 15 while Monse Rivera added 11.

Arnett was led by Allie Tune’s 20 points. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Lady Wildcats.

Swart led a balanced attack in Friday’s 54-29 win over Canton in the semifinals.

She made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points.

Aliana Lawson added 12 and Rivera nine.

As in the title game, Lomega notched 10 3-pointers as a team.

Lawson, Myers and Rivera joined Swart on the all-tournament team.

Lomega is now 8-1 and has won eight straight games.

Lomega didn’t play in the Canton tournament in 2018, but won titles there in 2015, 2016 and 2017.