Payback – Miners blow out Div. I’s top-rated girls hoops team |

Payback – Miners blow out Div. I’s top-rated girls hoops team

The Kennedy (Sacramento) girls basketball team entered Nevada Union’s ‘House of Pain’ with all of the swagger of Sac-Joaquin Section’s top-ranked Division I squad Wednesday.

Which the Cougars were.

Kennedy, which had won 16 of its last 17 games, including a 30-point shellacking of the Miners in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 15, got a taste of what they’d been dishing out.

Kayleigh Correll hit a career-best five 3-pointers, while Ali Daley and Heather Gore each posted double-doubles as the host Miners got some payback, 70-49.

“We realized that we had nothing to lose. We came out scared last time, and I almost think they maybe took us for granted,” said Tracy Malone, who scored eight of her 13 points in the second quarter. “This was mostly for (coach Craig) Strohm. He’s leaving this year and he deserves for us play the hardest we can.”

Daley finished with 15 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Gore had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Miners (16-6 overall, 6-3 Metro Conference) came into the game 11th in the section’s Division I power ratings, but are sure to jump into the top 10 in next week’s poll.

In the team’s first meeting, NU’s sputtered its way to a 11-point first half. The Miners more than tripled that total Wednesday thanks to balanced scoring and rock-solid defense.

Seven of NU’s eight scorers got on the board in the first half.

“We got blistered down in Kennedy. The wheels came completely off,” Strohm said. “This sends a message that we still might be a factor in this thing.”

NU pounced early, taking a 5-0 lead on a Daley low-post bucket and a Gore trey in the first 36 seconds.

Kennedy tied it up at 7-7 late in the first quarter, but Correll’s 3-pointer from the right wing sparked an 8-4 down the stretch.

The Miners stayed hot in the second quarter, outscoring Cougars 22-12 to take a 14-point lead into the break.

NU’s junior varsity lost 43-32.

The Miners will play at Woodland 7 p.m. Friday.

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