Blue Jays stay undefeated with rout of United

NORTH JACKSON — Jackson-Milton’s girls stayed unbeaten by beating United Local, 46-28, Saturday night at home in a game in which the Blue Jays never trailed.

Junior guard Michaelina Terranova paced the Blue Jays with a game-high 16 points. Also contributing in the win for Jackson-Milton were junior small forward Emily Williams with 11 points and senior guard Kaitlyn Totani with nine.

The Blue Jays (6-0) jumped out to an early 11-2 run to start the game and never looked back.

Jackson-Milton’s full-court pressure took a toll on the United guards, forcing several turnovers which led to fast-break layups in transition. After consecutive open layups, the Blue Jays took a commanding 20-7 lead with 6:29 left in the half.

Jackson-Milton scored just two points in the next six and a half minutes, taking a 22-11 lead into the break.

“We jumped out to a good lead and then kind of went flat-footed there for awhile. Then in the fourth quarter we woke back up and got back into the game again,” Jackson-Milton coach Pat Keney said.

United did its best to keep the game close. After a Totani triple from the corner, Eagles junior Hannah Mix cut the lead to, 30-20, following a layup with just under two minutes left in the third quarter.

Mix finished the night with a team-high 10 points for United.

Both teams struggled for the remainder of the quarter and Jackson-Milton took a ten-point lead into the final eight minutes of play.

Jackson started the fourth quarter red hot, going on a 10-4 run in the opening minutes.

“We have some kids out with injury and some that are sick so we weren’t able to go as hard as we’d like to go,” Keney said.

Blue Jay freshman Abigail Spalding took advantage of the absent players. The freshman forward found herself wide open under the basket for an easy layup to give JM a 40-24 lead midway through the final quarter.

The Eagles finally stopped the bleeding with a three-point-play by Mix to trim the Blue Jay lead, 42-27, with just over three minutes remaining in regulation.

Williams responded for Jackson-Milton with back-to-back layups to put the Blue Jays up 19 and end all hopes of a United comeback.