Gregory scores 40, sets school record and leads Jeannette past rival GCC
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Ciara Gregory's shot was off for much of the first half of Monday's Section 3-AA first-place showdown against rival Greensburg Central Catholic.
The Jeannette senior guard scored only two points in the first quarter after missing her first eight shots, and she had only eight points by halftime.
But by the end of the night, Gregory had scored 40, giving her the school's all-time scoring record, and more importantly, Jeannette (9-4, 6-0) was in sole possession of the section lead with a 72-70 victory.
Gregory scored 32 points in the second half, including 23 in the fourth quarter.
She has 1,785 points in her career and passed 2010 graduate Kayla Cook, who finished with 1,777.
“Getting the win was way more important than breaking the record,” Gregory said. “I was going to eventually get the record. It came on a special day, and I couldn't have asked for a better day.”
Even though Gregory wasn't sharp early, her teammates played well enough to keep the game close.
Greensburg Central Catholic (10-4, 5-1) raced to a 6-0 lead, but Monique Redman (15 points) and Monica Carl (10) each contributed seven and five, respectively, to help Jeannette grab a 16-14 first-quarter lead.
Devin Larkin, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half as Greensburg Central Catholic took a 31-30 lead into halftime. She fouled out with 5:12 left.
“My shot has been off the past few games,” Gregory said. “But my teammates were unbelievable. That's what made us win.
“My teammates picked me up. They played defense; they played offense. They ran the offense and executed it. They were awesome.”
Jeannette seized control in the third quarter, using a 9-6 run to grab a 39-37 lead. Gregory's 3-pointer tied the score the 37.
The Jayhawks led, 46-41, heading into the fourth quarter, which is when Gregory took control.
Jeannette built a 59-52 lead with 3:41 left, but Greensburg Central Catholic responded with an 8-0 run to take a 60-59 lead with 2:36 left.
Greensburg Central Catholic's pressure defense forced Jeannette to turn the ball over, and Maireade Byrne-Houser (19 points) and Carolyn Appleby (14 points) came up with big baskets during the run.
But Gregory, who is not shy about shooting, drilled a 3-pointer with 2:02 left to give Jeannette the lead for good. The shot keyed a 6-0 run that was highlighted by Gregory's driving layup with 1:13 left that gave her the record and Jeannette a 65-60 lead.
The game was stopped to honor her, but it also stopped Jeannette's momentum as Greensburg Central Catholic rallied but could never catch the Jayhawks. Heather Bosco scored seven points for the Centurions in the final minute.
“Their pressure slowed us down, but we figured it out,” Gregory said. “We started spotting the open girl when they double-teamed me.”
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- 6-foot-8 transfer bolsters Cheswick Christian boys lineup
- Cheswick Christian girls have high expectations
- Southmoreland girls hope to compete despite shorthanded roster
- Burrell girls work new faces into solid basketball nucleus
- Area basketball coaches start preparing teams
- Burrell boys basketball team moves to Class AAA, eager to compete
- Fox Chapel grad Papich makes jump into coaching
- Apollo-Ridge girls aim to repeat strong start, avoid lapses this season
- Ford City, Kittanning winter teams look forward to ‘last ride’ before school merger
- Oliver: Monessen’s Salvino pushing to achieve success
- Geibel girls basketball primed to continue upward trend