MUNCY - Muncy's Jordan Jones scored 11 of her team's final 19 points and scored nearly half of her team's total points. But she needed just two more to send her team into a second overtime against Central Columbia.
The senior guard missed a potential game-tying jumper at the buzzer as Muncy fell to Central Columbia, 47-45, in overtime Thursday night in the District 4 AA quarterfinals.
Central Columbia (14-9) will play the winner of tonight's Southern Columbia/Warrior Run game in the semifinals.
Muncy’s Jordan?Jones, left, tries to drive around Central Columbia’s Allison McCracken, right, during Thursday’s District 4 Class AA playoff game at Muncy. The Blue Jays defeated the Indians in overtime, 47-45. View additional photos at cu.sungazette.com
Muncy (18-6) finished third in districts last year and went to the state playoffs, but the Indians struggled against Central's size last night, missing several would-be layups.
"Coming out we knew they were bigger than us and the girls' mindset at first was, am I gonna get blocked?" Muncy coach Craig Weaver Jr. said. "We talked about that coming in. You couldn't come in with that mentality, you had to go strong to the basket. Those missed layups in the beginning of the game came back to haunt us."
To start the second half, Muncy was more aggressive in going to the basket and the guards began to get into the paint more and make things happen.
Jones scored just six first-half points but came alive in the second as she started to dominate from the inside and the outside, hitting big shots to keep Muncy within striking distance. She scored five points in the third quarter, nine in the fourth and two in overtime. The 1,000 point scorer finished her last high school game with a game-high 22 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jones received help from her fellow guards junior Brianna McLaughlin (10 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 steals) and senior Crystal Good (4 steals, 3 assists, 2 rebounds).
"We knew coming in that our guards were a little bit quicker and they definitely took care of the ball for us and did a good job of at times hitting the open girl," Weaver said. "Their defense on their guards made life difficult as well, so their play tonight really stepped up for us."
The three guards combined for 10 steals and helped force 26 Central turnovers.
Jones, McLaughlin and Good each came up clutch in the fourth quarter and in overtime. Jones hit a 3-pointer with 1:37 to go to tie it at 37 and McLaughlin found Good to make a layup with 17 seconds to go to force overtime. Jones hit two free throws with 57.5 seconds to give Muncy its last lead at 43-42 in overtime.
Central Columbia controlled the paint for the majority of the game and out-rebounded Muncy, 36-17. Allison McCracken (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Lindsey Carl (11 rebounds, 3 blocks) made it difficult for Muncy to get off easy shots in the paint and limited second chance points.
"Lindsey Carl always stands tall. She got a little hesitant in the mid-third quarter cause she had three fouls on her," said Central coach James Murtin. "But Ali McCracken, our redhead, she never stops, she's all energy and heart. She came back from a serious knee injury in the summer and she's coming into her own really, her offensive output has gone higher and higher in the last five or six games so just thrilled to see it cause she deserves everything she gets."
CENTRAL COLUMBIA (47)
Kimmy Hollister 3 4-4 11, Molly Moroney 2 1-2 5, Madeline Murtin 1 1-2 3, Lindsey Carl 2 0-0 4, Allison McCracken 7 1-1 15, Taylor Knorr 4 1-4 9. Totals 19 8-13 47.
Crystal Good 1 0-0 2, Brianna McLaughlin 4 2-4 10, Jordan Jones 8 3-3 22, Allison Edwards 0 1-2 1, Nikki Scott 4 0-0 8, Emily Shnyder 0 0-0 0, Natalie Lamoreaux 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 8-11 45.
Central 7 8 10 14 8- 47
Muncy 5 10 7 17 6- 45
3-pointers: Central 1 (Hollister); Muncy 2 (Jones 2)
Records: Muncy (18-6); Central (14-9)
Next game: Central vs. winner of Southern Columbia/Warrior Run