The Gahanna Lincoln High School girls basketball team showed Tuesday that it is learning how to finish a quarter on a strong note.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School girls basketball team showed Tuesday that it is learning how to finish a quarter on a strong note.

On the way to a 58-50 victory over Brookhaven in the championship of the Gahanna Cage Classic, the Lions put together an 11-1 run to close the second quarter and then scored six consecutive points over the final 42 seconds of the third period to build a 44-35 lead.

Haley Schmitt battled foul trouble but totaled 15 points and eight rebounds on the way to being named Cage Classic MVP for the second consecutive year.

In the Hoop it Up Game of the Week, forward Jill O'Donnell scored a career-high 18 points -- including all 11 of the points that ended the first-half run.

"I don't ever recall anything like that," O'Donnell said. "I thought we all gave a great effort. It's always a good feeling to win a championship."

After the Lions built a 21-11 lead, Brookhaven's Keeahna Fontes scored six points and Datona Ball added a 3-pointer to cut it to 21-20 before O'Donnell's scoring bonanza.

Jendy Weppler scored nine points for the Lions. After Schmitt scored to make it 40-35 with 42 seconds left in the third quarter, Weppler grabbed a rebound on Brookhaven's ensuing possession and drove the court to score a layup with 18 seconds left. Weppler also scored with four seconds to go in the period.

Tiyona Marshall added nine points for Gahanna, which improved to 7-2 overall.

"Jill scored the final 11 points of the second quarter, and I thought Haley and (Tiyona Marshall) were solid throughout," coach Rick Hauser said. "I can't say enough about the game Jendy had."


Travecia Franklin scored 13 points and Ball added 12 for Brookhaven, which slipped to 4-2.

"We missed a layup and turned the ball over three or four times in a row at the end (of the second) quarter," Brookhaven coach Reggie Lee said. "We panicked."

*TOURNEY NOTES -- Schmitt and O'Donnell were joined on the all-tournament team by Ball, Franklin and Bexley's Ashley Dennis and Rebecca Carroll.

Dennis scored 33 points and Carroll and Lily Watson added 10 in the consolation game as Bexley beat Independence 72-33 earlier Tuesday.