Jackson-Milton hammers rival Blue Devils

BERLIN CENTER — Senior guard Ashley Totani went off for 24 points on the road Thursday night in Jackson-Milton’s 72-22 rout against rival Western Reserve and she now sits just 39 points away from the 1,000 points in a career milestone.

“I’m all about winning,” Totani said. “Its always been a goal of mine but its going to come if it’s supposed to come.”

Also having big nights for the Blue Jays (13-3) were juniors Michaelina Terranova and Emily Williams with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Together the trio combined for 42 points.

“We knew that if we didn’t come over here ready to play, that we could be in trouble,” Jackson-Milton coach Pat Keney said. “The kids just came and played hard, it wasn’t just one but all of them.”

Jackson-Milton ended the opening quarter on an 8-2 run, capped off by a Williams floater in the lane with the quarter expiring to give the Blue Jays a 20-9 lead.

“We started off strong which we really needed and the intensity was picked up,” Totani said. “We just took it one quarter at a time and finished all four quarters out.”

The second quarter was all J-M, with the Blue Jays holding Western Reserve to just three second-quarter points.

The Blue Devils (8-7) struggled with the full-court press, turning the ball over several times before crossing half court.

Williams stole an inbounds pass for an easy layup to put Jackson-Milton ahead 30-12 with 6 minutes to play in the half. The visitors finished the quarter with 18 unanswered points and took a comfortable 48-12 lead into the locker room.

The second half fared no better for Western Reserve, but once Jackson-Milton went up by 40 with 5 minutes to play in the third, Keney called off the press and the Blue Jays cruised to the 50-point victory.