Jonathan Law defeats Foran Lions, 51-47
That Foran High’s Teneya McLauglin was the most experienced and talented player on the court was no secret when coach Scott Nail’s Lions visited Jonathan Law at the James Richetelli Sr. Gymnasium in Devon for an SCC girls basketball game on Jan. 4.
What wasn’t known was who on coach Dan Young’s Eagles could slow Foran’s mercurial Assumption College-bound guard.
“You have to give credit to No. 1,” Nails said of Law’s Kailee Frank after Law defeated his team 51-47. “Wherever Teneya went, she was right there and kept her body between her and the basket.”
McLaughin scored 18 points to lead Foran, which saw a 39-24 third quarter lead evaporate in the final period.
“That was a great job to come back like that in the fourth quarter,” Young said. “This was Kailee Frank’s first varsity start, and to go against a player like Teneya was quite remarkable.”
Foran (3-5) still led 41-38 after Jenna Zacarelli’s transition basket off an assist from McLaughlin.
But Law (4-4) saw Laura Dulin bury a 3-pointer to tie the game for the sixth time at 41 with 3:45 remaining. Jessica Centore then used a great ball fake to drive to the basket and give the Eagles the lead.
Dulin hit a runner, before she tipped away the ball and fed Centore for a breakaway lay-up.
Foran called for time with 1:12 remaining trailing, 47-43.
The lead grew to 49-43 on Centore’s press-break bucket off an assist from Erin Saley.
McLaughlin assisted on Kyra Blacketter’s jumper and Foran forced a five-second violation on Law’s ensuing inbounds attempt.
But Foran missed a hoop and Law’s Victoria Notholt grabbed the rebound with 15 seconds remaining.
With only three team fouls, the Lions couldn’t send the Eagles to the line for another 6.8 seconds.
Dulin made both free throws with 8.2 remaining before Blacketter closed out the scoring with a basket.
See the next edition of the Mirror for complete game story.