SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
“They were packing it down low, so that opens up the outside,” Paruleski side. “Micah knows that. She’s a good team player and she always kicks it out to me. She just trusted me to make it, so I just put it up there and hoped for the best.”
The Lady Indians went ice cold at the exact same time Paruleski and CHBC heated up, as coach Katie Lurkins team started rushing bad shots — many of which were corralled by Jones, turning into numerous fastbreak opportunities for the run-and-gun Lady Hornets.
“I felt we rushed our shots a little bit,” Lurkins said.“And that changed the tide.”
“Unfortunately (on defense), the gameplan that we took was to leave that 3-point line open, and Ava did a great job of stepping up. But it was a gamble we felt we had to take.”
Paruleski finished the first half 5 for 7 from beyond the arc, helping her team overcome Jones’ slow start.
“Oh, I started a whole bunch slow,” Jones said. “They were double teaming me, so I knew she’d be open. I knew she’d hit ‘em. She was nailing those 3s.”
Jones got going in a big way in the second half, as she wound up with 26 points and 20 rebounds on what turned out to be a historic night on multiple fronts.
Jones not only broke Kendra Thompson’s all-time Cowden-Herrick scoring record of 2,083 points, she also enjoyed her 100th varsity win in a CHBC uniform.
“I was more worried about that,” Jones said of the latter achievement. “The (scoring record), (Thompson) got that in 60-some games. I’ve played in more than 100. I give her a lot of props.”
Paruleski added seven rebounds and impressed in front of another potential college suitor. She has been getting a lot of attention from college coaches since recovering from a lingering early-season illness that held her game back.