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JB Hoops trio helps make history at Susquehanna

Taylor Huyck produced another double-double Wednesday night and two teammates joined her in double figures in one category each to help Susquehanna complete an unbeaten run through the Lackawanna League Division 4 girls basketball schedule with a 62-26 rout of visiting Forest City.

Huyck scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead a 64-33 Susquehanna advantage on the boards.

Bethany Maby added 17 points and Mackenzie Steele had 14 rebounds to help the Lady Sabers win their first all-season title as a Lackawanna League member and their first of any kind since 1994 in the now-defunct Northeast Athletic Conference.

Maby, a junior, and sophomores Huyck and Steele are all JB Hoops AAU players.

“Obviously having three very good players that play at a high level and play out of season makes a big difference,” Susquehanna coach Errol Mannick said. “There’s a lot of other people that are contributing, too.”

The three players led Susquehanna to its first breakthroughs last season, helping the Lady Sabers to their first District 2 title and the first state tournament victory in school history. They also won the first-half Division 4 title only to fall to Forest City in an all-season championship game.

“We’ve been working toward this all year long,” Maby said. “This is our biggest goal.”

Now, the Lady Sabers are in position to pursue more. They have won 15 straight to improve to 19-3 overall and set themselves up to be the top seed in the District 2-11 Class A Subregional.

Susquehanna scored 10 straight points in the first quarter, all by Huyck; ran off 14 straight points in the second quarter, including 9 by Maby; and used a team effort to produce the first 16 points of the second half for a 49-15 lead.

Huyck finished 11-for-15 from the floor, including 5-for-6 on 3-pointers. She also had three assists and three steals.

“At Mountain View, I didn’t really have a good shooting game, so I came in more focused,” said Huyck, who has seven double-doubles in points and rebounds since New Year’s.

Maby went 3-for-8 from 3-point range while adding 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Steele had 4 points and 4 blocked shots to go along with her 14 rebounds.


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