CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The first session of the Nike Tournament of Champions may not have gone according to the expert's predictions but Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) was having none of the upset soup this week in the second session.
The No. 12 ranked Dolphins pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 55-38 victory over Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.). Whitney Young was led again by sophomore Chanise Jenkins, who scored a game-high 16 points.
Much like its semifinal game, Whitney Young got off to a slow start, going down 5-0. But the Dolphins weren't going to let it extend an entire quarter the way they did against Memphis Central the day before. They unleashed a 15-0 run to take a 10-point lead in the first quarter.
"I think our defense got better," Whitney Young coach Corryne Irvin said of her team's response to the early run by Bishop O'Dowd. "Gillian (Asque) and Chanise (Jenkins), I thought they picked it up on the defensive end. We got a couple of steals, made a couple easy baskets off our steals and that really helped us."
O'Dowd was a stubborn adversary, making several runs of its own to keep the game close in the first three quarters. Behind the junior forward Robie Mayberry, who scored a team high 13 points, Bishop O'Dowd cut the lead to eight when Monday's superwoman, Jenkins, hit a running 40-footer at buzzer to push the lead back to 11 and snap the run.
"She's been clutch," Irvin said of Jenkins. "She was clutch last year and she's been clutch this year. It's helping a lot because she starting to feel the leadership role along with the seniors and she's giving us someone we can always come to at the point guard spot… we're naturally a better team the better she plays."
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