SCRANTON — Dunmore guard Emily Sheehan made her first shot of the game and remained hot, finishing with a game-high 21 points, to help lead the Lady Bucks past Scranton Prep, 55-20, in the second game of a girls basketball doubleheader in the Lynett Memorial Tournament on Sunday, Dec. 27 at the Lackawanna College Student Union.
“Prep is a really good team,” Sheehan said. “We knew we had to come out and perform really well. It gives us a big spark when we’re firing right from the beginning and making shots.”
The Lady Bucks (7-0) scored the first eight points of the game, including four from Sheehan, before Prep got a basket from Julia Sirotnak with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter. Dunmore answered with 3-pointers from Sheehan and Maddie Martin to lead 14-2 before Prep’s Tiffany Powell scored off a rebound to end the quarter.
“They are a better basketball team and they played extremely well,” Scranton Prep head coach Bob Beviglia said of Dunmore. “We had some opportunities early with easy shots that we missed. We told the girls before the game that layups and shots in the lane had to go in for us, and they didn’t. Offensively, we have a long way to go.”
Sheehan, who made five 3-pointers, connected on her third of the game during a 9-0 Dunmore run to end the second quarter. Martin also scored nine of her 18 points in the second.
“We played unselfish, moved the ball and there was good results,” Dunmore head coach Ben O’Brien said.
Scranton Prep (3-5) managed only five points, connecting on three of 24 shots (12.5 percent), in the first half.
“We were really just trying to keep the ball in front of us,” Martin said. “They are really good at getting to the rim, so we wanted to give them space but also get out on their shooters.”
Scranton Prep guard Calista Kline scored 10 of her team-high 13 points in the second half, but the 19-point halftime deficit was too much for the Classics to overcome.
“Calista played hard and took the ball to the basket strong, but the girls are all still learning,” Beviglia said. “Nobody in our lineup is really accustomed to playing at the varsity level. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us, we have to get ready to play because it doesn’t get any easier from here.”
Dunmore’s defense forced 11 Scranton Prep turnovers and limited the Classics to 20 percent shooting for the game.
“I thought our defensive communication was really good,” O’Brien said. “I thought we rebounded the ball on the defensive end very well and held them to one shot.”
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