The Southeast senior guard popped in 33 points

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

The Southeast senior guard popped in 33 points _ 31 in the final three quarters _ guiding the Pirates to a 77-64 Portage County League American Division win.

Dillon, 13-of-17 from the foul line, poured in 12 points during the third quarter, helping the Pirates extend a 37-34 halftime lead to 54-44 heading to the fourth quarter.

"Jodi was focused," said Southeast coach Vic Marozzi. "She played very well and was the leader we needed to have on the floor. You could tell she was motivated. She just played an awesome game."

Both teams got hot in the final eight minutes, combining to throw in seven 3-pointers, but the Falcons failed to get closer than eight points.

"They just shot real well," said Field coach Jerry Clemens. "We couldn't match up with their shooting. That was the difference in the ballgame. That, and foul trouble hurt us. The difference was their scoring from the outside.

"We played hard; we played well. We just came up a little short."

The win gave the Pirates an overall mark of 5-2 and kept them unbeaten in PCL American Division play with a record of 4-0.

Field, 4-2 overall, dropped its first PCL game, falling to 3-1.

Jodi Dillon wasn't the only Dillon who had the shooting touch for the Pirates. Her cousin, junior guard Sara Dillon, threw in 14 points, including three 3's in the opening quarter.

Talented Field freshman Ebony King matched her with nine points of her own, staking the Falcons to a narrow 21-20 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Falcons took a brief five-point lead early in the second quarter (25-20), but that's when Jodi Dillon, who did not score her first points until only eight seconds remained in the first quarter, got revved up. She tallied 14 of her team's next 17 points to give the Pirates the edge (37-34) after 16 minutes.

King led the Falcons with 19 points. Danielle Knapp, who sank three 3's in the fourth quarter, finished with 17 and Kristen Hunter added 14.

Rachelle and Megan Cassidy chipped in with seven and six points, respectively, leading a young group of players that complimented the efforts of the Dillons.

"I was very pleased with the play of some of my younger kids who came in," said Marozzi, recognizing players such as Amy Austin and Kara Gintert. "Depth is paying off."

Field 6-foot-2 center Dana Beal was plagued by foul trouble throughout the night and registered only eight points before drawing her fifth personal with 5:42 remaining.

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Southeast 77, Field 64

(At Southeast)

FIELD (64) _ Melissa Hoffman 1 0-2 3; Kristen Hunter 6 2-4 14; Danielle Knapp 6 1-1 17; Erin Van Houten 1 1-2 3; Kati Gasper 0 0-0 0; Ebony King 7 4-5 19; Dana Beal 4 0-0 8; Jamie Notch 0 0-0 0; Amber Biltz 0 0-2 0. Totals 25 8-16 64.

SOUTHEAST (77) _ Rachelle Cassidy 1 5-9 7; Sara Dillon 4 2-2 14; Kara Gintert 0 2-2 2; Tiffany Hilliard 0 1-2 1; Becca Michelli 1 1-2 4; Jodi Dillon 9 13-17 33; Shelby McGinnis 4 0-1 8; Amy Austin 0 0-2 0; Nicole Hartung 1 0-0 2; Megan Cassidy 2 0-0 6. Totals 22 24-35 77.

FIELD 21 13 10 20 _ 64

SOUTHEAST 20 17 17 23 _ 77

Three-point goals _ Field (6): Knapp 4, Hoffman 1, King 1. Southeast (9): S. Dillon 4, J. Dillon 2, Cassidy 2, Michelli 1.

Total rebounds _ Field, 38-37.

Total fouls _ Field, 24-17.

JV score _ Southeast, 49-22. Leading scorers: (SE) Bland, 14 points; K. Dillon, 13 points; (F) Curtiss, 10 points.

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