BEDFORD, N.Y. - After defeating Poughkeepsie in a tight back-and-forth game in the opening round of the Fox Lane Tip-Off Tournament on Thursday night, John Jay looked ready to cruise to victory in Saturday afternoon’s championship game.

But a 20-5 first-quarter lead over Blind Brook turned into some pretty choppy water for Indians.

“Our girls would go on a run, Blind Brook would battle back and then we would make big shots,” said Head Coach Matt Gallagher.

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John Jay hung on for the 61-52 victory.

“It feels great,” Gallagher said. “These girls make it a lot easier for me to coach. They come to play and compete every day.”

Sarah Pieratti, the tournament MVP, scored 23 in the game.

John Jay 52, Poughkeepsie 48
Thursday, Dec. 12

Two days earlier, on Dec. 12, Kendall Miller’s 23 points carried the offensive load for the Indians in their 52-48 win over Poughkeepsie.

“She’s a very special player with so many amazing qualities and is always ready to compete,” Gallagher said of Miller.

Miller, who earned All-Tournament honors, added 19 points and 16 rebounds in the championship game win over Blind Brook.