UTICA — Utica girls basketball coach Terry Logue isn’t surprised his team has turned the season around.
“We’re playing as a team,” Logue said. “We’re passing the ball better.”
The Redskins also have a few weapons at their disposal. On Saturday, in their home gym, they were on full display.
Tory Minton finished with 29 points while Rachel Londot added 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead Utica to a 50-47 comeback victory over Licking County League rival Watkins Memorial.
The Redskins, who started 0-5, have won five of their last six to be on the verge of .500 at the midway point in the season. On Saturday, the team played together once again, showing smart shooting on offense and quick reaction on defense.
Utica (5-6, 4-4 LCL) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit by coming alive in the third quarter. Minton had 14 points including three 3-pointers during a 19-3 run in the period. Londot picked up a three-point play that tied the game at 29. She then gave Utica the lead for good after she was fouled on a shot attempt following a steal.
“Our shots weren’t falling in the first half,” said Logue. “I figured, if they started falling in the second half, then we could pick it up defensively in the second half. And we did. They came out and played excellent.”
Watkins Memorial’s Rylan Perry hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to drop the Redskins’ lead to 37-34 after three.
Utica came back with an 8-1 run, including a Minton 3 coming after she rebounded her own missed free throw.
Minton came through with two more free throws in the final seconds to put the game out of reach.
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