By Tom Robinson
MANHEIM – The JB Hoops Bucci offense fell asleep late in the first half of Sunday’s game against Ste-Foy Elite Gaboury.
Rachael Rose woke it up.
Rose scored 16 points, making seven straight shots, in the first nine minutes of the second half to rally JB Hoops from a six-point halftime deficit to a 53-45 victory over the team from Quebec.
JB Hoops jumped out to a 12-5 lead on five points by Taylor Huyck. After Huyck’s 3-pointer with 12:25 left, JB Hoops scored just eight points the rest of the half.
Lindsey Welsh made her second 3-pointer for a 19-14 lead, but Ste-Foy held JB Hoops without a field goal for the final 6:08 of the first half and first 38 seconds of the second while putting together a 12-1 run to a 26-20 lead.
Rose brought JB Hoops back on the way to finishing with 20 points, including 18 in the second half.
“We came out stronger defensively and that led to our scoring on offense,” said Rose, a two-time Class 4A all-state selection from Scranton Prep who had some of the game’s biggest baskets.
JB Hoops erased its last deficit with Rose scoring seven points and Makenzie Steele adding the other two in a 9-0 run.
Rose tied the game at 28-28, broke that tie with a three-point play, then broke the final tie with a 3-pointer for a 36-33 lead with 9:25 left.
“My teammates set me up in good spots,” Rose said. “They always do that.
“We look for each other and feed off each other. They were looking for me and luckily I was knocking them down.”
Rose finished 8-for-9 from the floor, including the made 3-pointer, and 3-for-4 from the line.
The production was much different than the later stages of the first half.
“It seemed like we were forcing shots and not really running through our offense or boxing out as hard as we usually do,” Rose said.
Rose helped fix that.
Welsh got JB Hoops off to the strong start. She had six rebounds, a 3-pointer and an assist while joining Huyck to key the run to a 12-5 lead.
Welsh finished with team-highs of 11 rebounds and 6 assists to go along with 6 points on 2-for-3 shooting from 3-point range.
“Playing with some of the best girls in the area, you have to assimilate to what you have on the floor,” said Welsh, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard from Old Forge who is in her first season with the team. “So, if I have to go in and get a board, I will.”
Nya Johnson, another newcomer this season, had nine points and two steals.
Cecilia Collins added eight points.
JB Hoops Bucci is 3-1 in Pool A and second to Lady Runnin Rebels 11, the team it lost to Saturday. The schedule concludes Monday at 11:30 a.m. against York Thunder 2020, which is 0-4 at the event.
MORE TO COME: Return to the JB Hoops Blog for coverage of Monday’s conclusion of the Blue Chip USA Invitational.