ORANGE _ All season long, the Southeast girls basketball team has been looking for a third scorer to complement seniors Tricia Layne and Carrie Hill.
One may be emerging in the presence of sophomore guard Jodi Dillon.
Saturday afternoon in an Division II Orange Sectional semifinal at Orange High School, Dillon scored nine of her 10 points during a 21-point Southeast second quarter, sparking the Pirates to a 59-44 victory over Portage County League rival Field.
By defeating the Falcons for the third time this season, the Pirates (12-9) now have a date with Chamberlin Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in the sectional final.
With Dillon's offense, the Pirates outscored the Falcons by nine points in the second quarter, breaking an 11-11 first-quarter deadlock.
Layne (11 points) started the second period with a 3-pointer that gave Southeast a three-point edge.
Field's Ashley Ball countered with a basket that trimmed the lead to one, but Dillon then launched a 25-foot 3-pointer that found the net. She added three more baskets in the quarter, the last of which gave Southeast a 32-23 lead at the break.
Southeast coach Vic Marozzi said Dillon, who only one week ago posted 15 points in the Pirates' loss to Mogadore in the PCL championship game, showed signs last summer that she had offensive potential.
"She's playing right now like she played in the summer league and at camp, where we thought she probably was our most improved player," said Marozzi. "In the last couple of weeks, you're seeing how she played in the summer. She's a good shooter and she's scrappy underneath. She gets a lot of rebounds. It's nice to know she's back for two more years."
Dillon and Layne were but two of the offensive stars for the Pirates, who got 19 points from Hill _ eight of which came in the third quarter when Southeast pulled away, going ahead 48-34 after three periods.
Melissa Dillon, Jodi's sister, added nine points, including a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers. Darla Keyser chipped in eight more in what was the Pirates' best overall offensive game of the year.
"We shot the ball very well. It seemed like it was contagious," said Marozzi. "Once somebody starts shooting the ball well, they all start shooting the ball well. As far as offense, that's one of the best (games) we've had in a while. That was a nice offensive performance."
Field coach Jerry Clemens said that while he and his team wanted another shot at Southeast, they could not overcome the Pirates' shooting.
"I think that was the big key for us. Since we play that zone, they came out and shot real well," said Clemens. "That really hurt us and took us right out of what we were trying to do. Plus, they shot pretty well for most of the game. And then we had to switch to man-to-man a little bit to try to put a little more pressure on them, which we aren't used to doing."
Field (13-8) was led by Holli Fulkerson with 13 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line. Ball finished with eight and Michele Moyers had seven, all in the first half.
Orange Div. II Sectional
Southeast 59, Field 44
FIELD (44) _ Michele Moyers 2 2-4 7; Kim Cheney 2 0-0 4; Becky Shanafelt 3 0-0 6; Beth Wright 0 0-0 0; Holli Fulkerson 3 7-7 13; Ashley Ball 4 0-1 8; Kristy Wallace 0 0-0 0; Cammy Price 0 0-0 0; Kristen Hunter 1 0-0 2; Dana Beal 2 0-1 4. Totals 17 9-13 44.
SOUTHEAST (59) _ Tricia Layne 4 0-0 11; Sara Dillon 0 0-1 0; Chelsea Linzey 0 0-0 0; Juene Rader 0 0-0 0; Tiffany Hilliard 0 0-0 0; Becca Michelli 0 0-0 0; Jodi Dillon 4 1-2 10; Shelby McGinnis 0 0-0 0; Carrie Hill 9 1-2 19; Melissa Dillon 3 1-2 9; Darla Keyser 4 0-0 8; Stacey Duvall 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 3-7 59.
Three-point goals _ Field (1): Moyers 1. Southeast (6): Layne 3; M. Dillon 2; J. Dillon 1.
Total Fouls _ 12-12.
Total Rebounds _ Field, 37-28.