Lady Bucks rat­tle off 20 straight points, bash Redeemer

The Times-Tribune - - Sports - BY MARTY MY­ERS

DUN­MORE — In a span of5 ½ min­utes, it was over.

Sparked by nine points from sophomore Gianna Delfino, Dun­more rat­tled off 20 straight points to end the first quar­ter and vis­it­ing Holy Redeemer never re­cov­ered, bow­ing to the Lady Bucks, 61-47, in Mon­day’s non­league bat­tle of Dis­trict 2 Class 3A pow­ers.

“We needed a good start be­cause we needed to get on them to show that we were here to play,” said Delfino, who fin­ished with 11 firsthalf points be­fore tweak­ing an an­kle in­jury.

Her team cer­tainly did that.

Maya Korn­feld’s three­p­oint play gave the Roy­als their only lead, 6-4, with 5:41 left in the open­ing quar­ter.

It would be an­other seven min­utes un­til Holy Redeemer scored again.

“I think with all the great play­ers, we’re ca­pa­ble of go­ing on runs like that,” said se­nior point guard Mad­die Martin, who led top-ranked Dun­more with 18 points and seven as­sists, and also grabbed seven re­bounds. “But we knew they were ca­pa­ble of com­ing back from a big deficit. We kept push­ing and didn’t let up.”

The re­sult was a 24-6 lead at the end of a quar­ter.

“This game was our best game so far, chem­istry-wise, and we re­ally shared the ball and that’s why we went on that big run,” Martin said.

For Holy Redeemer (1-3), a stretch of four games against state qual­i­fiers last sea­son ended with a thud as the Roy­als suf­fered through a bru­tal first quar­ter in Dun­more for the sec­ond time this year. Just four days ago, Holy Redeemer was outscored, 18-0, in the first quar­ter at Holy Cross.

“I think we start slow and I think half­time comes and we fo­cus more in the sec­ond half,” first-year Holy Redeemer coach John Je­zor­wski said. “We’re work­ing on dif­fer­ent things.

We even tried run­ning some set plays to get go­ing.

“We weren’t get­ting good shots. They were play­ing that amoeba de­fense. They’re all over the place and we couldn’t get the rhythm that we needed to start.”

Dun­more was flaw­less, mov­ing the ball crisply and knock­ing down open shots.

“We played re­ally well, espe­cially early in the game,” Dun­more coach Ben O’Brien said. “Holy Redeemer is a great team, and I was re­ally pleased with how we played for most of the game.

“Espe­cially in the first half, we were able to make it dif­fi­cult for them. They have such good shooters, they’re very quick. I thought our play­ers did a re­ally good job of de­fend­ing them.”

Dun­more (4-0) was re­lent­less in hur­ry­ing the Roy­als, who made just 6 of their first 42 shots and trailed by 27 af­ter three quar­ters.

Cen­ter Vic­to­ria Toomey had some­thing to do with that. In ad­di­tion to her of­fen­sive post pres­ence — she scored 17 — the 6-foot-1 sophomore blocked seven shots and had nine re­bounds, shar­ing that team high with Erika Bis­tran.

“My main role is rim pro­tec­tor be­cause I’m able to block shots,” Toomey said. “They know if some­one does get through, I’ll be there to pro­tect the rim.”

Dun­more led by 27 on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, the last with 5:42 re­main­ing.

That’s when Korn­feld and Talia Kosierowsk­i heated up for the Roy­als, com­bin­ing to go 5 for 5 from 3-point range as they led a 19-6 game-end­ing run.

Korn­feld fin­ished with a game-high 21 points and Kosierowsk­i added 17.


Dun­more's Lisa Tallo drives by Holy Redeemer's Maya Korn­feld to score in the first half of Mon­day’s game. The Lady Bucks won, 61-47.

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