McNulty scores 1,000th in Lancers’ loss
Summer McNulty has been a mainstay on Loyalsock’s basketball team since joining as a freshman.
McNulty charged into the paint in the third quarter and made a shot with 14.2 seconds left. The horn quickly sounded and the game stopped as McNulty was honored for her 1,000th career point. She received a hug and ball from her coach and then ran over to her mother for another hug. She then turned back to the game.
The moment was special for McNulty, but the outcome of the game was the more pressing issue as Loyalsock took on Bloomsburg. The Panthers out-rebounded the Lancers in the fourth and recovered from a nine-point deficit in the third to claim a 55-52 win.
The loss is the first for Loyalsock (15-1), but the turnaround will be quick as the Lancers welcome South Williamsport tonight in a key showdown.
“This is one game of 22,” Loyalsock coach Curtis Jacobson said. “That’s what we stressed to them. It’s not OK to lose. It’s not something you want to do. You don’t want to get used to it, but it’s one of 22 and we stressed that with the team.”
Loyalsock doesn’t have a lot to hang its heads about as McNulty finished with 19 and Mia Patterson chipped in another 11 in the loss. The Lancers played well, they just struggled in the fourth quarter against Bloomsburg’s size as Madeline Evans and Kelsey Widom took control of the paint.
The two players combined for 29 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in the win, but were especially good in the fourth quarter as the Panthers pulled away.
“I didn’t think we were hitting the boards as well as we could have and we talked about it,” Bloomsburg coach John Wittman said. “I thought they were really crashing the boards hard in the second half. It really helped us get a couple extra shots and put some pressure on them.”
The big moments came on free throws when both Evans and Widom grabbed rebounds on different attempts. With 3:03 remaining in the game Kailey Zentner, who finished with nine points, missed a free throw, but Widom grabbed the board and got a putback to give Bloomsburg a 50-45 lead. She did the same thing earlier in the quarter when Evans missed on an attempt.
“It was very important on offense and defense,” Evans said of the boards. “We wanted to see if we could get that quick offensive board to get a quick two points and on defense, we wanted them to be one and done so they didn’t get a second opportunity to score.”
Bloomsburg limited second chances throughout the game, but were especially good in the second half. The extended possessions helped limit Loyalsock’s possessions, which helped in the third quarter as the Panthers struggled from the floor.
Widom scored four in the third and Evans added another four, but those were the only shots Bloomsburg converted as it was outscored 16-9 over the eight-minute stretch. Olivia Hull hit the frontend of a one-and-one for Bloomsburg’s other point in the quarter.
Olivia Hull 1 1-2 1; Paige Temple 1 2-5 4; Ellen Hull 0 0-0 0; Kailey Zentner 4 1-3 9; Rylee Klinger 3 4-8 12; Kelsey Widom 6 2-2 15; Madeline Evans 6 2-4 14. Totals 20 12-24 55.
Sophia Gardner 1 0-0 2; Cassie Gee 1 2-2 5; Summer McNulty 8 3-5 19; Anna Burdett 2 2-2 6; Karyn Saar 1 0-0 3; Allyia Kennedy 3 0-0 6; Mia Patterson 3 5-6 11. Totals 19 12-15 52
Bloomsburg 13 13 9 20 — 55
Loyalsock 12 13 16 11 — 52
3-point goals: Bloomsburg 3 (Klinger 2, Widom 1), Loyalsock 2 (Gee 1, Saar 1).
Records: Bloomsburg (13-3), Loyalsock (15-1).
JV score: Loyalsock, 49-37. High scorers: Olivia Hull, B, 16; Rhandie Jessell, L, 13.
Next game: Mount Carmel at Bloomsburg, today, 7:30 p.m.; South Williamsport at Loyalsock, today, 7:30 p.m.