BOURBON — Only Jacy Borlik could stop Jacy Borlik.
And after sitting the entire second quarter with two fouls, the John Glenn senior looked in no mood to hit the brake pedal in the second half.
Even with the lengthy break, the 5-foot-8 Borlik piled up 23 points, eight rebounds, and four steals — all game highs — and delivered two key plays down the stretch as the Falcons repelled a furious Triton fourth-quarter rally en route to a 47-35 Northern State Conference girls basketball win at The Trojan Trench Friday.
“(Borlik) is an awfully good player,” Glenn coach John Willoughby said. “We need our best player on the floor at all times, at least not sitting with fouls. She was strong in the post early in the game; in the third quarter she hit two or three 3s to keep our heads above water; and she made some big plays at the end of the game.”
With the Falcons, who led by 16 points at the first-quarter break and double figures most of the way after that, clinging to a rapidly dwindling 38-35 fourth-frame lead, Borlik converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with a weakside putback and foul to halt an 11-0 Triton spurt and put Glenn up 41-35 with 2:34 left in the game.
Borlik then followed with a steal and feed to senior Cayla Ochs for a layup that gave the Falcons a 43-35 edge with 1:30 to play, and effectively sealed the win.