Seniors fuel Union Local by Buckeye
MORRISTOWN – This was the performance Kelley Hanlon was looking for.
Two nights after looking as flat as a pancake in a loss to a Bre Berryman-less Indian Creek squad at home, and falling out of contention for a Wheeling Hospital OVAC Tournament berth, Union Local rebounded in a big way Wednesday night.
Abby Collins poured in a game-high 32 points and Cori Medley added 25, setting a school record for career 3-pointers made in the process, as the Jets clobbered Buckeye Local, 78-37, on Senior Night inside ”The Hangar.”
”I wish they’d had played with this spark Monday night,” an impressed Hanlon said of her team’s performance.
Who better to lead the way than Collins and Medley, two of the three seniors recognized during pregame festivities along with Cecelia Rucker?
”Cori scored 32 points earlier in the season and then for Abby to come back and score 32 and match Cori’s season high on Senior Night, I thought that was great,” Hanlon said.
It was Collins’ first extended action since returning from injury. She played sparingly Monday, but really got into the flow of things against the Panthers (2-15), hitting 14 field goals and 4 of 6 free throws.
Collins and Medley produced 73 percent of the Jets’ scoring. Alli Delaney added 12 points behind three 3-pointers.
”Everyone did a great job helping make up for the loss of (Amanda) Swallie,” Hanlon said.
Swallie was lost for the season after injuring her knee last week against Martins Ferry.
Union Local (13-6) blew the game open by outscoring the Panthers 48-15 during the second half, including a 28-8 showing in the third quarter.
”I said something to them at halftime that they weren’t (rebounding the ball) well and they came back out and improved,” Hanlon said. ”It was very, very rare to have a Buckeye Local player in the key after that.”
The dominance in the paint helped spur the second-half explosion. Delaney had nine points, Collins had eight and Medley popped in seven; just the type of balance Hanlon was seeking.
”We also started going after the ball and getting in transition and that’s what we were lacking Monday night,” Hanlon said.
The Panthers made things interesting in the early going behind guard Becky Zeroski. She scored seven of her team-high 21 points in the first quarter, which ended with Buckeye Local trailing, 16-13.
Zeroski’s 3-point play to start the second tied the game at 16-16. Then, Morgan Fedorko’s layup gave the Panthers the lead at 18-16.
Medley came back with her second trey, which gave her 163 for her career and eclipsed the previous school record held by Erin Miller.
Buckeye Local regained the lead, 20-19, moments later on a layup by Lauren Swiger.
Union Local went on a 9-0 run from there to take the lead for good and ended up leading 30-22 at halftime.
”We had to come out of our zone because we were behind,” Buckeye Local head coach Tom Figurski said. ”When you have players like Medley controlling the court, they’re going to find the openings eventually.
”That’s been the story of our season. We’ve been able to play in spurts.”
Buckeye Local won the jayvee game, 32-24.
BUCKEYE LOCAL (37) – B.Zeroski 4 11-12 21; Swiger 3 0-1 6; Fedorko 1 0-2 2; Leonard 0 0-0 0; Long 1 0-0 2; Petrella 0 0-0 0; Banal 2 0-0 4; R.Zeroski 1 0-0 2; Johnson 0 0-0 0; Vince 0 0-0 0; Yanssens 0 0-0 0; Dvorcek 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 11-15 37. UNION LOCAL (78) – Medley 9 5-7 25; Rucker 0 0-0 0; Collins 14 4-6 32; Patton 3 1-6 7; 1 0-0 2; Delaney 4 1-2 12; Butler 0 0-0 0; Clark-Patterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 11-21 78.
3-Point Goals: B.Zeroski 2; Delaney 3; Medley 2.
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