By Jerry Del Priore
In what was a defensive battle, for the most part, the Bishop Loughlin Lady Lions (CHSAA), behind five-foot-nine freshman A’riel Jackson’s 14 points, upended Lodi (NJ) Immaculate Conception , 43-48, Monday night at the Rose Classic Super Jam at Nazareth High School.
The Lady Lions fell behind, 11-9, in the first quarter, and trailed even further, 16-12, at the 4:11 mark of the second period.
But Jackson connected from downtown to slice the deficit to 16-15. The athletic guard/wing followed that up with a basket, and gave Bishop Loughlin its first lead of the tilt.
Those two hoops sparked a Lady Lions’ 6-0 run, and provided the team with a 22-16 advantage.
However, Lady Blue Wolves sophomore Eleanor Robinson drew her squad to 22-18 before Bishop Loughlin freshman Kennedy Grady drained a trey to put her club ahead at 25-18 going into the locker room.
The Lady Lions went on an 8-4 run, extending their advantage to 33-22 to open the third quarter. Bishop Loughlin ended the fourth period ahead by 11 points (37-26) again.
However, Robertson nailed a three-pointer to inch Immaculate Conception Lodi (8-4) a bit closer and senior Mollie Bruggermeir sank a free throw to make it a seven-point affair early in the fourth quarter.
But the Lady Lions did enough to keep the Blue Wolves at bay the rest of the way, for the victory.
In addition to Bishop Loughlin MVP Jackson’s offensive performance, Grady contributed seven points, while junior Maya Walker and Brianna Martin chipped in with five apiece.
Lodi Immaculate Conception MVP and junior Jariah Paterson drilled a game-high 17 points.
Lodi Immaculate Conception host METS Charter Thursday at 5:00 p.m.