Jackson-Milton girls remain undefeated

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Jackson-Milton defenders Emily Williams (3) and Abigail Spalding (40) trap Leann James of Southeast Wednesday night.

NORTH JACKSON — Behind a big third quarter, the Jackson-Milton girls basketball team remained undefeated Wednesday night, defeating Southeast, 58-43.

Jackson-Milton (10-0) led at halftime, 29-18. Michaelina Terranova had eight points for the Blue Jays while Andrea Radcliff had six points for Southeast. The third quarter is when Jackson-Milton took control.

Southeast could’ve been down just five early in the quarter but two missed free throws and two bad possessions after steals didn’t let that happen. The Blue Jays went on an 11-0 run after that to lead 40-20 before a Southeast timeout.

“We needed to come out in that third quarter and put some points on the scoreboard. They (Southeast) are a nice team and they work hard,” Jackson-Milton coach Pat Keney said. “We wanted to get a jump on them. The fourth quarter we were just trying to eat the clock up. We need to calm down a little bit in those situations.”

Jackson-Milton held a 46-24 lead after three quarters.

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Emily Williams of Jackson-Milton gets a shot off from among a crowd during the Blue Jays' win Wednesday over Southeast.

The fourth quarter was a little different as the Pirates were not going away. Southeast got as close as 50-39 before JM pulled away. Radcliff scored nine of her game-high 19 points in the quarter.

“I just tell my girls to keep their heads up. I talk about trusting the process a lot,” Southeast coach Jenny Gamertsfelder said. “All the close games are going to help us. I think that our record isn’t as good as we show. All these games are helping us get better every single time.”

For JM, this game was more about beating a larger school while also having a target on its back.

“It’s very important for us to come out strong to keep the lead large and when we had the lead, we didn’t want to give that up,” Terranova said about the third quarter. “We also want to get the ball moving down the floor.”

Terranova finished with 16 points. Ashley Cameron also helped the Blue Jays with six points and 14 rebounds. Emily Williams also poured in 13 points with five assists for Jackson-Milton.

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Ashley Cameron, right, of Jackson-Milton gains possession of a rebound Wednesday against Southeast.

Jackson-Milton now gets a tough Western Reserve team at home on Jan. 4 in a key Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference matchup.