By Tom Robinson
OXON HILL, Md. – JB Hoops Rose held CTAB Elite 16 without a field goal for a span of 16 ½ minutes – more than half the game – Sunday while overpowering the Virginia opponent, 37-10, in Pool ZZ of the USJN U17 Girls Championships.
JB Hoops improved to 2-0 with a total winning margin of 63 points. It defeated the Winston-Salem Stealers 16 Rote, 63-26, in Saturday night’s opener.
CTAB managed just three baskets. It went without one for 5 ½ minutes to start the game as JB Hoops took an 8-1 lead.
After scoring again later in the half, CTAB did not get its final basket until hitting a 3-pointer for the last points of the game.
JB Hoops scored the last four points of the first half and the first eight of the second half for a 30-5 lead with 10 minutes left in the 30-minute game, then extended that lead to 37-7.
“During practice, we’re always working on our defense and I think it helps us that we’re usually doing that against our older girls,” Clair Marion said. “That helps us to be at our best and makes it easier to get steals against some of these other teams.”
Clair Marion and Maria Belardi shared team scoring honors with 10 points and were each a big part of the defensive effort.
Marion and Rachel McDonald, teammates at Abington Heights during the high school season, each had three steals.
Belardi had five rebounds, including a team-high four on the defensive end, two steals and a blocked shot.
The long CTAB Elite droughts that JB Hoops forced allowed the team to run off several streaks.
Marion hit a 3-pointer to highlight seven straight points to break the game’s only tie and put JB Hoops ahead, 8-1.
Belardi and Marion had 4 points each in a streak of 10 to make it 18-3 with 5 minutes left in the half. Belardi had half the points in the 12-point streak to make it 30-5, then Marion hit a 3-pointer to highlight the seven-point streak to the late, 37-7 lead.