J-M hands McDonald setback

NORTH JACKSON — The Jackson-Milton girls basketball team scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to beat McDonald on Thursday night, 42-23.

“They kind of took two quarters off tonight offensively. When you cant make shots, you can’t pressure the ball,” Jackson-Milton assistant coach David Crismon said.

The Blue Jays got off to a great start. A layup by junior Michaelina Terranova put Jackson up 11-2 with 2:51 remaining in the first quarter.

From there, McDonald went on a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game since going up 2-0 in the opening second. The Blue Devils led 12-11 after a layup by Sam Homa with 5:20 in the third quarter.

Jackson-Milton made field goal again with junior Emily Williams knocking down a jumper from the top of the key with 50 seconds left in the third quarter — cutting the lead to one.

Homa made a pair of to put McDonald ahead, 18-15. Homa and Olivia Perry led the Blue Devils with a team-high eight points.

The Blue Jays raced down the court quickly and found Terranova for a layup with time expiring in the quarter as McDonald led after one, 18-17.

“We played three pretty good quarters,” McDonald coach Amy Dolsak said. “We made some mistakes at the beginning of the fourth, and we just let it crumble from there.”

The fourth quarter was all Jackson-Milton. Williams got the Blue Jays going with two quick layups to retake the lead for Jackson-Milton in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. She finished the game in double-figures with 10 points.

“A light turned on and we started playing,” Jackson-Milton coach Pat Keney said.

The Blue Devils was forced to call timeout after senior Ashley Totani fast break layup put Jackson up 24-18 with 6:38 to play. She would finish the game with a team-high 11 points.

“They score off of turnovers, we made mistakes on our press breaker and that’s how they took control of the game,” Dolsak said.

The Blue Jays went on a 19-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a commanding 36-18 lead following a layup by senior Kaitlyn Totani.

Hannah Donkers finally scored for the Blue Devils with a jumper from the elbow to make it 36-20 with less than 4 minutes to play.

Jackson-Milton doubled up on McDonald after a Terranova steal and layup to give the Blue Jays a, 40-20 advantage with just under 2 and a half minutes to play. The junior finished the night with eight points.