Hamilton Heights Girls Claim Seventh NACA Tournament Title

Friday, February 28, 2014 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

DAYTON, Tenn. – The Hamilton Heights girls defeated Grace Christian from Sanford, N.C., Friday to capture their seventh National Association of Christian Athletes basketball tournament.

The Lady Hawks (19-13) broke away from a 23-22 halftime lead with a strong 36-19 second-half edge and cruised to the victory at Fort Bluff. Senior Nina Vukosavljevic scored 10 points, including 6 of 6 free throws, in the fourth quarter that helped earn her a spot on the all-tournament team.

Vukosavljevic finished with a team-high 15 points. Elizabeth Balogun scored 10 points.

Senior Augusta Kievisaite, junior Kamile Kasciunate and junior Victoria Monyei were also named to the all-tournament team. Monyei was selected the defensive MVP.

Grace Christian’s Anna Murr led all scorers with 22 points.

Hamilton Heights’ Hawks (32-7) lost to Faith Baptist from Ludiwici, GA., 67-61, and finished fourth in the boys’ Division I portion of the tournament.

Hawks sophomore center Abdulhakim Ado recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks. Sophomore Ezekiel Balogun led the Hawks with 22 points and added nine rebounds, Stefan Roknic added 11 points and Aleksa Jugovic had 10.

Ado, Balogun and Jugovic earned spots on the all-tournament team.

The Hawks won the tournament’s Team Sportsmanship Award.


Girls Championship

Hamilton Heights                   8 15 16 20 – 59

Grace Christian                      8 14 8 11 – 41

Hamilton Heights (59) – Paulauskaite 7, Elizabeth Balogun 10, Nina Vukosavljevic 15, Zalkauskaite, Monyei 4, Kasciunate 8, Izundu, Plentauskaite 5, Kievisaite 5, Hunt 6.

Grace Christian (41) – Anna Murr 22, Farrant 3, Bolen 2, Alexis Ross 14, Carver, Strickland.

3-Point Goals – Hamilton Heights 3 (Vukosavljevic, Plentauskaite, Kievisaite), Grace Christian 4 (Murr 3, Farrant 1).

Boys Consolation

Hamilton Heights                   20 13 13 15 – 61

Faith Baptist                           23 18 13 13 – 67

Hamilton Heights (61) – Stefan Roknic 11, Duran, Nauseda 5, Vaitkus, Aleksa Jugovic 10, Ezekiel Balogun 22, Abdulhakim Ado 13.

Faith Baptist (67) – Leatherwood 7, Williams 2, Izquiendo 25, Wardara 5, Hunt 12, Sedith, Haller 3, Shameric 3.

3-Point Goals – Hamilton Heights 4 (Jugovic 2, Nauseda, Roknic), Faith Baptist 5 (Hunt 2, Izquiendo, Haller, Shameric).

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)



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