Macy Robinson scored her 1,000th career point in the second quarter on Friday night. Then she scored some even bigger ones in the fourth quarter.
Robinson finished with 23 points – including six critical free throws in the final 2:47 – as St. Elizabeth outlasted Central Dauphin (Pa.) 65-60 in the Diamond State Classic at the St. E Center.
“I told these girls, ‘Even though I’m supposed to score my 1,000th point, just go out there and battle. We need this win more than I need my 1,000th point,'” Robinson said.
St. Elizabeth (3-0), Delaware’s top-ranked team, advanced to play Hoover (Ohio) at 5:45 p.m. Sunday in a semifinal game of the Saint Francis Healthcare Cup, the tournament’s national bracket. Central Dauphin (6-2) will meet Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) in a consolation-bracket game at 2:15 Sunday.
“I just thought the kids gutted out the fourth quarter,” St. E coach Frank Aiello said. “We asked them for all they could give us for eight minutes, and that’s what they did.”
It was close all the way, with the Rams taking a 45-44 lead into the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands four times in the final period before the Vikings finally put it away.
Central Dauphin’s Tayler Forrester scored on an offensive rebound for a 60-57 lead. Then Robinson took over. She hit two free throws, turned a steal into a layup, then hit both ends of a one-and-one to push St. E ahead 63-60 with 1:20 to play.
The Rams were called for traveling and missed a couple of shots in the final minute, and Robinson nailed two more free throws with 23.2 seconds left for the final points.
“I knew that I just had to focus, be confident and tell myself that they were going to go in,” Robinson said. “If they went in, we were going to win.”
The Vikings also got 15 points from Gabby Julian – all on 3-pointers – and a huge lift from Alana Speaks. The freshman came off the bench to hit 7 of 9 shots from the field for 15 points and made six steals in the third quarter alone.
“I was nervous in the beginning, but I started to get better,” Speaks said. “They told me to play hard and don’t think about anything, just keep my head up.”
Shatara Parsons led Central Dauphin with 18 points. Tori Lesko added 14, and Jay Davis scored 13.