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

Written by: on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

 

 

February 12, 2020

 

19-0 Run Helps Classics Clinch 22-0 Season

 

Scranton Prep Classics 52, Abington Hts. Lady Comets 38

 

SCRANTON – A layup by Meredith Purcell would pull Scranton Prep into a tie at 22 to begin second half play.  A Rachel Rose “and 1” off another Abington Heights’ turnover plus a pair of Purcell free throws gave the Classics some added confidence.  A running shot by Rose and driving layup by Maria Belardi were then followed by a pair of triples by Belardi and basket by Cecelia Collins.  In all, the incredible 19-0 avalanche of points was the stuff championships are made of and secured an undefeated (22-0) regular season for the Classics.

This one started out with Abington Heights taking an 8-2 lead as Erin Albright, Rachel McDonald, Anna Scoblick and Clair Marion all contributed.  Scranton Prep would then dial up their patented defense and get scoring from Collins, Rachel Rose, and Purcell to key an 8-0 run before Maria Tully would hit a baseline jumper for the Lady Comets to tie the game at 10 heading into the second period.

Marion would give AH a 12-10 lead before Belardi hit her first triple to give Prep a 13-12 advantage.  After a free throw by Allison Dammer and corner trey by Albright put the Lady Comets up by three (16-13), a reverse layup by Collins narrowed it to a single point, 16-15.  Abington Heights then took a 20-15 lead on scores by Dammer and Marion, but the Classics were able to create back-to-back turnovers as Collins and Rose keyed a 5-0 run to again tie the game at 20.  Scoblick would hit both ends of a 1+1 to give AH a 22-20 halftime lead.

Following the 19-0 run to begin the second half, McDonald and Tully would wrap triples around a basket by Rose to cut the deficit to 13 points (41-28) heading into the final stanza.  The teams would trade baskets until Albright would hit a triple with 2:13 left to cut it to 44-37.  On the next possession, a McDonald steal got the Abington Heights’ fans hoping for one final rally, but her full court drive was met with a blocked shot.  The Classics would go on to secure the 52-38 victory from the charity stripe (where they were stellar, hitting 17 of 21 attempts)

Scranton Prep was led by Rachel Rose with 17 points while Cecelia Collins and Maria Belardi would each add 13.  Meredith Purcell hit 8 points and Lizzie Neville added a free throw.

Abington Heights got 8 points each from Erin Albright, Rachel McDonald, and Clair MarionMaria Tully and Allison Dammer each contributed 5 points while Anna Scoblick added 4 points.   

The evening was capped off by a team net cutting ceremony highlighted by Grace Stampien putting the exclamation point on a very memorable regular season.   

 

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