Behind a stellar performance from MVP Marisa Gallik, the Lady Hornets rolled to the girls championship at the 49th Annual Honesdale Area Jaycees Holiday Hoops Tournament. Gallik led the Red & Black to a 40-31 title tilt victory over a scrappy Forest City squad.


Make no mistake about it: Marisa Gallik has arrived.

Honesdale's resident SuperSoph put the finishing touches on an MVP performance Monday night by scoring a game-high 15 points in leading the Lady Hornets to a 40-31 triumph over Forest City. Marisa's offensive outburst sewed up the girls bracket championship at the 49th Annual Honesdale Area Jaycees Holiday Basketball Tournament.

"Marisa Gallik has been our secret weapon so far," Coach Tracy Ludwig told TWI Sports after Monday's exhilarating victory. "She can just shoot the lights out. Marisa isn't afraid to take the big shot and that's exactly the way we want her to be. I'm very happy for her and very proud of her."

Katy DeGraw joined Gallik on the All-Tournament Team. Honesdale's senior co-captain tallied 10 points in the win over Forest City.

Wallenpaupack Area held off a fired-up Western Wayne team in the consolation game. The Lady Bucks fed off another solid performance from All-Tourney selection Jessica Bonney in posting a 50-35 decision.

Meanwhile, on the boys' side of the bracket, Nazareth continued running roughshod over the local teams. Coach Joe Arndt's squad ripped Honesdale in the semifinals, then dismantled Paupack in the title tilt. Led by a 17-point outburst from Mike Squires, the Eagles defeated the Buckhorns by a final score of 60-35.

Honesdale captured third place in this year's tournament via a 54-17 rout of Western Wayne. Sean Curran received an All-Star nod for the Hornets, while freshman Kevin Karabin earned a berth for the Wildcats.