Trailing by seven points in the third quarter after a long three-pointer by Schenevus’s Sierra Bentley, the Wildcats extended their 2-3 zone defense to pressure the Dragon’s guards, creating multiple turnovers and propelling a Milford comeback.
After Milford forced a turnover with 2:47 left in the game and Zenir converted a jumper off a well-executed inbounds play, the game was tied at 33.
“We’ve been working on that a bit,” Weir said of the extended 2-3 zone. “We would have liked to do it more, but their (Schenevus’s) posts wouldn’t allow it.”
The Dragons outscored Milford 6-0 to close out the first half. Back-to-back baskets from post players Ceara Marlow and Turner, respectively, made it 24-20 in the third quarter and gave Schenevus their first lead of the night.
“They are a very good team,” Weir said. “We hadn’t played in two weeks so we were a little rusty tonight, but I didn’t think they (Schenevus) played their best either.”
The first half was largely controlled by Milford, Lawson leading the way. She scored 11 of her 17 points in the first half as the offense flowed through her. Lawson would create Milford’s largest lead of the night with her three-pointer from the left side. She then blocked a shot on the next play and went coast-to-coast, drawing the foul and making one of two free throws.
“She can do it,” Weir said. “I think she is first or second in three pointers in the area and one of the top scorers too.”
The Wildcats would not trail again in the first half after a three-pointer by Zenir made it 10-5 with 2:46 left in the first quarter.
“Oh my god, it feels so great (to beat Schenevus this time). We worked our tails off and it was really worth it,” Zenir said.
Bentley led Schenevus with 18 points. Turner and Marlow finished with 11 and 10 points respectively, for the Dragons (12-4, 8-4).