By Tom Robinson
SCRANTON – Rachael Rose needed less than 23 minutes to score 29 points Friday afternoon, passing the 1,000-point mark for her career along the way with an assist from cousin and JB Hoops AAU teammate Cecelia Collins during Scranton Prep’s 67-37 rout of Holy Cross in the Lynett Memorial Tournament opener at the Lackawanna College Student Union.
With an assist of a different kind from Collins, Rose led Scranton Prep into Sunday’s 6 p.m. final against Dunmore in a battle of unbeaten teams that are defending champions on both the division and district level. Dunmore is also the four-time defending champion of the tournament, which the two teams have combined to win for the last seven years.
Collins scored 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
The two all-star guards made sure Scranton Prep turned the game into a rout.
Collins hit back-to-back 3-pointers and scored eight points in the first quarter to get the Classics out to a 16-3 lead.
Rose then scored 14 points in the first 5:14 of the second quarter to build a 37-6 halftime lead.
They teamed on the milestone basket.
A lead pass by Collins less than five minutes into the third quarter freed Rose in transition. The all-state junior guard then drove hard on the left side, falling to the floor as she released the shot that put her over the mark.
The basket was part of another big effort by Rose.
“I thought she was special today,” Scranton Prep coach Bob Beviglia said. “She really was, but that’s what she is every day.”
Rose finished the day with 1,009 career points. She went 4-for-5 on 3-pointers in the first half and finished 12-for-17 from the floor overall in the game. Rose also dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds, but the basket her teammates, family and friends waited for will remain the highlight of the day.
“I’m just glad I got to be a part of the moment,” Collins said.