Lady Bucks rattle off 20 straight points, bash Redeemer
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.