District 2 Girls Game Recap (Abington Heights vs. Scranton Prep)

Written by: on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

 

 

January 15, 2020

 

Scranton Prep Rallies to Defeat Top Rival

 

Scranton Prep 61, Abington Heights 53

 

CLARKS SUMMIT – Playing on the road against an inspired rival and finding themselves in some unchartered territory on the scoreboard, Scranton Prep dug deep on several occasions to rally and pull out a gutsy 61-53 victory over Abington Heights Wednesday night.  The Classics have several go-to players on their roster and each of them provided clutch performances when they most needed a spark, at critical points when the Lady Comets seemed to establish some momentum.  It was a highly-entertaining matchup that gave fans some early indication of how exciting both these teams will be when district and state playoff time arrives.

After a frantic pace through the first six minutes of the game had things deadlocked at 11, Erin Albright got a putback followed by a triple and another basket by Clair Marion to give AH an 18-11 lead late in the first period.  Cecelia Collins got a big offensive rebound and bucket just before the buzzer to trim it to 18-13.  Looking back, it was an indication of how this game would unfold.  In the second quarter, the Lady Comets had their home fans cheering after they got a layup from Anna Scoblick to take their largest lead of the game, 23-13.  Prep responded with a 5-0 spurt via scores by Maggie Mills and a triple by Maria BelardiAH countered with baskets by Albright and Lauren Lombardo to go back up by nine (27-18).  But another key Belardi trey and basket by Rachel Rose wrapped around a Marion FT kept things close.  The first half concluded with a Rachel McDonald triple and basket by Rachel Rose for a 31-27 Lady Comets advantage.  Some key halftime takeaways included the Classics doing extremely well on the offensive boards (especially in the second stanza), Abington Heights missing a few scoring opportunities around the basket, and Erin Albright picking up her third foul in the closing seconds of the half.

The second half started with a scoring spree of Marion (AH) and Belardi (Prep) trading baskets and triples capped off with a Maria Tully trey for a 41-33 Lady Comet advantage.  But that’s when Scranton Prep tightened up their defense and went on a 9-2 run (three baskets by Collins and a triple by Rose) to trim the game to a single point heading into the final eight minutes, 43-42.  AH took a 46-43 lead following a Marion triple, but Prep responded with a 6-0 run to go back up 49-46.  Marion came back with another basket followed by a Tully triple for their final lead of the night, 51-49.  Rapid fire scores by Rose, Belardi, and Lizzi Neville gave the Classics the start of a game-clinching 10-0 run to secure the impressive 61-53 victory. 

Scranton Prep placed four players into doubles –  Cecelia Collins with 18, Rachel Rose with 15, Maria Belardi with 15 (including 3 big triples), and Lizzie Neville with 11.  Abington Heights was led by Clair Marion with 17, and 12 each from Anna Scoblick and Rachel McDonald (on 4 treys).  After hitting 10 points and being an offensive impact in the first half, Erin Albright was held to a pair of free throws in the second half.

Let’s all circle February 12 and do it all again in Scranton.

 

 

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