Guard sets school record as J-M keeps rolling

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Jackson-Milton’s Michaelina Terranova (22) shoots over Crestview’s Mara Halas (1) during their game Monday in North Jackson. Terranova set the school’s all-time scoring record during the Blue Jays’ 52-39 victory.

NORTH JACKSON — With 5:25 left in the second quarter, Jackson-Milton’s Michaelina Terranova broke the all-time scoring record of 1,299 points. The record was previously held by Tonya “Treharne” Kline back in 1985.

“I was pretty nervous, but I wasn’t just going to take every single shot until I made it,” Terranova said about the record. “It was just exciting to be able to do that.”

Don Patton Gym stopped and cheered for her as she was presented with a commemorative ball for the moment.

As for the game, Jackson-Milton (19-2) continued on its track for another memorable season as it defeated Crestview, 52-39, in non-conference play.

Jackson-Milton started out very well as the Blue Jays led, 17-8, after the first quarter. They led at halftime, 35-18.

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Jackson-Milton’s Michaelina Terranova poses with a commemorative basketball after setting the school's all-time record for most career points on Monday against Crestview.

Crestview made Jackson-Milton work in the third and most of the fourth quarters as the Rebels cut the deficit to six before the Blue Jays took the control of the game.

Abby Spalding led the Blue Jays with 17 points, while Krista Perry led the Rebels with 15 points.

“They are well coached, their coach has been around for a while. They made a stride back and they made us work,” Jackson-Milton coach Pat Keney said.

“We then got out there and took care of the ball. It’s nice to see us working hard out there.”

Jackson-Milton, which reached won the district championship last year, is enjoying a great season yet again as it has just two losses (against McDonald and Columbiana), both on the road.

“These types of games just show they have character and never quit,” said Keney of the adversity that losing brings to a season. “With Columbiana and McDonald, they just played better than we did that night. It was nice that we were able to come back and redeem ourselves. It’s a good sign for us.”

The Blue Jays aren’t looking too far ahead as they know what the task is at hand.

“It’s totally important to our team that our other seniors are stepping up,” Terranova said. “I think they’ve done a great job at it. If one of us is down, the other ones are picking us up. It’s very important that we have good play from all of the seniors.”

Jackson-Milton continues to play with a target on its back and for everyone, but that hasn’t been much of a problem.

“Games like this prove that we have other scorers on the team,” Terranova said. “We want other teams to know that not just one or two people can score for us. It’s always good to have a team push us close to tournament time. It shows us how we need to play and at what level we need to play.”

Jackson-Milton has just one game remaining in the regular season. The Blue Jays are the No. 1 seed in the Division IV Mineral Ridge district.