June 27, 2018
By Morgan Wenger
The Alumni team, formerly Retired Not Expired, reached their third straight summer league championship game this year. There was, however, a new challenge awaiting them in the championship game. The group of league alumni had always been the odds-on favorite to win the title in previous years. This year they found themselves squaring off against a Dalton team that had already defeated them twice during the regular season.
The first game between the two teams resulted in a 14-point Dalton win, while the second contest was decided by a single basket in overtime. The constant in both of those games was the stellar play of Dalton's Emma Cannon. Cannon averaged 21 points per game in the two contests against the league veterans, besting her league leading 17.2 points per game average by nearly four points. True to form, Cannon started fast in the championship game as well. She scored 10 of her 16 first half points early on as the score went back and forth. As the first half wore on, the Alumni team started to seize control of the tempo and momentum of the game. Olivia Besancon drilled three 3-point shots in the first half to help her team build a double digit halftime lead. Despite Cannon's strong first half, the only scoring support she received was from teammate Makenna Geiser, who scored the other eight Dalton points during the first half.
With a comfortable lead and substitution rotation in place, the defending champs were able to hold the younger Dalton girls at bay during the second half. Dalton was not going away without a final flurry from Emma Cannon though. Cannon scored in every way imaginable as she piled up a game high 29 points while trying to will her team back into the game. Each time Dalton gained some momentum, the Alumni team would respond with a timely basket. Olivia Besancon's hot shooting from behind the arc continued as the champions pulled away late in the game. Besancon ended the contest with a team high 21 points. Her total included five three-point shots. Hannah Plybon scored 13 points for the winners as well, while Geiser finished with 13 for the second place Bulldogs.
Please visit the Summer League page for box scores, scoring leaders, and standings from this year's league.
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