Girls’ basketball: Stockton tops 1,000 career points in crucial win over Troy

SIDNEY — Allie Stockton had multiple near misses within six minutes in the second half to reach 1,000 for her career.

It wasn’t just Stockton. Neither Troy nor Sidney were able to drop a basket, resulting in a crucial Miami Valley League contest being tied.

“It was stressful,” said Stockton, a junior guard.

But Stockton eventually surpassed the 1,000-point milestone with 4:13 in the fourth quarter. She scored just after a jumper from Jordan Scully broke the goalless streak, and the two baskets started a 16-7 run in the final five minutes that gave Sidney a 50-41 win over the Trojans on Wednesday.

With the win, Sidney (14-5, 13-2) has sole possession of first place in the MVL standings. Troy (15-3, 12-3) is tied for second with Vandalia-Butler (12-7, 12-3).

Wednesday’s win avenged a 46-45 loss in Troy on December 18, which saw Sidney see a 12-point lead evaporate in the final two minutes.

“It felt so good to finally get the win we needed for them,” Stockton said. “We dropped the first one and it hurt.”

After several narrow errors late in the third and early in the fourth, Stockton topped 1,000 career points midway through the fourth.

Kiara Hudgins missed a jumper and Stockton grabbed the rebound and put in a shot that she missed. Larkyn Vordemark grabbed the rebound from under the basket and threw a pass to Stockton just yards away.

The pass bounced off Stockton, who was struggling for the ball. She picked him up off the ground about five feet from the basket, stood up, and put in an archery shot that went into nothing but a net.

Play was stopped after the shot and Stockton was presented with the ball by Sidney coach Jamal Foster.

Stockton’s basket gave Sidney a 38-34 lead. It helped give Sidney further momentum which resulted in his failing to make a shot and failing to miss.

Scully, a freshman guard, hit another long jumper just inside the arc, then a 3 from the left wing to cap a 9-0 run to start the fourth and give Sidney a 43-34 lead.

“The coach took a timeout (early in the fourth quarter) and said that selfless basketball gave us our first lead, so we had to give it up and pass and play D, and we came out and we did that,” said Stockton.

Stockton became the eighth player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points and is only the second junior to reach that mark. She has 1,002 career points after her 15-point performance on Wednesday.

“It’s special because of the kind of person she is,” Foster said. “She put in many hours, and many unseen hours, a lot of her own work, to get to this point. Very few make it to 1,000, and even fewer make it as a junior.

“Your story is still being written. What she has meant over the last few years and the epitome of what she brings on the pitch and in the dressing room is beyond words. She is a special talent and I’m just thrilled to be a part of her journey.”

Stockton said she is very proud of the squad’s ability to win the MVL overall title despite losing two starters over the course of the season. Junior guard Lexee Brewer suffered a season-ending knee injury in December, and junior forward and Jackson center transfer Regan Clark was only allowed to play the first 11 games due to OHSAA rules.

Sidney’s five starters have played the most games since losing Clark, and usually only one or two players off the bench see any meaningful time.

“I think we’ve proven ourselves,” Stockton said. “We lost Lex and we lost Regan but that hasn’t stopped our drive and the work ethic we have in training. The younger girls have improved in training and I’m really happy with this season.”

Scully led Sidney with 20 points while Vordemark finished with 18 points.

Troy senior guard Macie Taylor, a Wright State signee who surpassed 1,000 career points last year, finished this season with 10 points, eight below her average. She fouled in the fourth quarter.

“She’s a special player,” Foster said. “She can get to the hole, she can make plays, she can come out and make turnovers. We’ve been talking about her and planning the game around it all week, and the things that[Kiara Hudgins]and Kelis (McNeal) were able to do to her I think won the game.”

Troy freshman guard Amyannah Tucker added 10 points.

Tucker is one of three 5-10 or greater starters for Troy, while McNeal, a freshman, is Sidney’s only player above 5-9.

Despite the difference in elevation, Sidney was able to fight at the post throughout the game. Troy found early success driving inside in the first quarter and built up a 17-12 lead, but struggled to do so for the rest of the game.

“You have shown toughness. They fought,” Foster said. “…It didn’t start the way we wanted tonight, but they never stopped. Those five or six girls who got minutes today just didn’t want to lose their resilience. It showed.

“… How you can help the team win alongside goals is one of the things we talked about in the dressing room. Rebounds, diving on 50-50 balls, attacking, making extra passes, all those things made the difference.

“Kelis McNeal has been doing a lot of dirty work for a long time that goes unrecognized. It’s great that she goes deep every game and gives up that size advantage but doesn’t stop. She’s not the same person that she was at the start of the season.”

Sidney has three MVL games left, starting with a home game against West Carrollton (12-4, 9-4) on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets eluded West Carrollton on December 22 in a 55-54 win.

“We have to concentrate on training in the next few days,” said Stockton.

Sidney junior guard Allie Stockton poses with coach Jamal Foster after Foster presented her the game for exceeding 1,000 career points in the fourth quarter of a 50-41 win over Troy on Wednesday.

Sidney’s Allie Stockton wants to shoot against Troy at Sidney on Wednesday.

Sidney junior guard Allie Stockton drives against Troy’s Macie Taylor during a Miami Valley League game in Sidney on Wednesday. Stockton scored 15 points.

Sidney’s Kiara Hudgins shoots over Troy’s Makenzee Maschino at Sidney on Wednesday.

Sidney’s Larkyn Vordemark shoots over Troy’s Jovie Studebaker at Sidney on Wednesday.

Sidney’s Jordan Scully looks to shoot while Troy’s Morgan Kaiser (left) and Makenzee Maschino defend during a Miami Valley League game Wednesday in Sidney. Scully scored a game-high 20 points.

Sidney’s Kiara Hudgins drives past Troy’s Makenzee Maschino in Sidney on Wednesday.

Sidney junior guard Allie Stockton poses with her father and mother after being presented with the game for exceeding 1,000 career points in the fourth quarter of a 50-41 win over Troy on Wednesday.

Sidney junior guard Allie Stockton, bottom center, poses with teammates and other Sidney students after a 50-41 win over Troy on Wednesday. Stockton surpassed 1,000 career points in the fourth quarter Wednesday in a 50-41 win over Troy.

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