NORTHFIELD, Vt. - For the third year in a row Trinity (Conn.) College took home the Ed Hockenbury Classic Championship, defeating the Norwich University women's basketball team by a 77-56 final score on Saturday afternoon.
The day started off with the University of Maine at Fort Kent squaring off with Bay Path University in the third-place game. The Bengals of Fort Kent were on their game today, running away with a 93-60 victory. Tate Dolley led the way with a game-high 33 points as the sophomore forwarded dominated the post all day long, going 10-14 from the field.
Norwich and Trinity tipped off immediately afterward, for a rematch of the 2016 Ed Hockenbury Classic Championship. Despite a strong effort from the Cadets from top to bottom, the end result was the same as 2016 as well. Trinity was led on the floor by Erica Junquet and Courtney Erickson, with the latter taking home the Tournament Most Outstanding Player award for the second year in a row. Junquet led all scorers with 19 points on the day, while Erickson dropped in 15 points alongside 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
For the Cadets, senior captain Shyann Josler (Thetford Center, Vt.) led the way with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Josler was helped by junior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) who stayed hot coming off a career night in the last Cadets' game. The forward from Ohio poured in 13 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, and collected 4 assists on the night. Classmate Naomi Rinaldo (Middlefield, Conn.) provided a big spark off the bench for the Cadets, chipping in 7 points and pulling down 5 rebounds, 4 of which were off the offensive glass.
After the game, the All-Tournament team was announced;
Savana Jankowski – University of Maine at Fort Kent
Emmeline Bronson – Bay Path University
Emily Oliver – Norwich University
Erica Junquet - Trinity College
Courtney Erickson – Trinity College*
*Tournament Most Outstanding Player
The victory makes it three Hockenbury titles in as many years for Trinity College, after they defeated the Cadets 56-50 a year ago. The loss drops Norwich to 1-4 on the year, as the Cadets will look to get back in the win column Tuesday night as they travel to Lyndon State to take on the Hornets at 5:30 pm.