Lady Bucks clinch first half behind spark of Maddie Martin

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By Steve Svetovich

Maddie Martin put on a show in the second quarter of the Dunmore Lady Bucks 63-38 win over Riverside Wednesday, Jan. 20, to help her team clinch the first half title in the Lackawanna League Division III girls basketball.

The win stretched the Dunmore Lady Bucks record to 15-0 at press time.

Martin, a junior guard, scored all 16 of her points, hauled down four rebounds, had three steals and three of her nine assists during an eight-minute stretch that helped Dunmore to the division first half title.

The spark provided by the scrappy guard helped Dunmore to a 24-2 run and commanding 42-13 lead.

Martin’s magnificent second quarter began when she assisted Erika Bistran for a 3-pointer.

Megan Hartshorn’s steal led to Bistran setting up Martin for a score.

Another key play came when Martin went through the defense for a three-point play to give the Lady Bucks a 26–11 lead.

After a Riverside bucket, Martin then scored on a drive. She then buried a 20-foot. shot, hit on a 3-pointer from the wing and fired an assist to Emily Sheehan for a 3-pointer..

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Martin later hit on a three-pointer off a Hartshorn nice pass. She found Sheehan along the baseline for a strong 42-13 halftime lead.

Sheehan finished with 11 points in the win. Izzy Cooper scored 10 points. Bistran added nine points.

Jess Millan led Riverside with 12 points. Bistran led the Lady Bucks with seven rebounds. Sheehan had four steals.

Martin is third in Lackawanna League Division III scoring with an average of 15.7 points per game at press time. She is third in 3-point shooting averaging 2.5 per game.

Bistran is fifth in the league in free throw percentage hitting on 80 percent at press time. Martin is tied for 10th with a .667 percentage.

Bistran and Hartshorn are tied for fourth in 3-point shooting both averaging 1.5 per game at press time.

The Lady Bucks are coached by the veteran Ben O’Brien.

Riverside dropped to 11-4 overall with the loss.The Lady Vikings dropped to 4-2 in league play.

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