Mary Martin paced Honesdale to a lopsided victory over Scranton High School
HONESDALE - Mary Martin didn't hesitate with her answer.
It was almost like she was just waiting to be asked.
"What is your ultimate goal this season?" was the postgame query.
"To win a state championship," she said, a smile on her face and gleam in her eye. "We had a great season last year, but we want to go a lot farther this time. We want to win it all."
Martin and her teammates took their first step toward attaining that lofty goal Thursday evening here in the Maple City.
Honesdale simply dismantled Scranton on Opening Night of the Lackawanna League campaign, rocketing out to a big early lead and cruising to a 67-25 rout.
With this victory, the Lady Hornets ran their winning streak to nine straight. Coach Tracy Ludwig's squad is 1-0 in Division Two action.
"This was kind of an ugly win, but I definitely saw glimmers of the team that we can become," she said. "The first four and a half minutes weren't pretty, but we got things going after that...and then it was really fun to watch."
The big partisan crowd obviously agreed, shaking the rafters with thunderous roars when Martin powered her way to a lay-up. Or when Katie Miller and Kacie Johannes took turns burying treys. Or when Morgan Birmelin dove headlong after a loose ball.
"We love to run & gun," Martin said with a laugh. "When we slow things down, we start thinking too much and that's not our game. We like to get out and push the ball, run as much as possible."
That approach certainly spelled doom for the Knights in this one.
The Lady Hornets led by 10 after one period and upped that advantage to 20 at intermission. Honesdale then ran wild in the second half, outscoring a shell-shocked Scranton squad by an eye-popping margin of 39-7.
Next on the agenda for the local lasses is a Monday night road trip North Pocono and a battle with the Trojans. Coach Dan Hogan's team dropped a heartbreaker in its opener, falling to Wallenpaupack Area 40-36 in overtime.
Opening tip for this contest is scheduled for approximately 7:15 p.m. in Covington Twp.
Honesdale suffered two first quarter defensive breakdowns against Scranton, but both times a veteran Lady Hornet stepped up to make a big play.
Martin got the crowd going first, swatting what seemed to be a sure Scranton lay-up out of bounds. Moments later, Johannes did the same. Kacie came from the weak side to provide another emphatic rejection, spiking the ball off the gym wall.
From that point on, the Red & Black took their game to the next level and all Knights coaches could do was watch in horror.
Martin slashed her way to a double-double, rattling the rims for a game-high 16 points and hauling down 11 rebounds. The senior forward also found time to hand out four assists, block three shots and snag four steals.
"Mary is definitely our leader out there," Coach Ludwig said. "She's such a complete player and she makes everyone around her better."
Miller and Birmelin also played key roles in this Week One win. Katie hammered home three treys en route to 15 points, while Morgan tallied 10 on the strength of four field goals and a perfect 2-for-2 stint at the stripe.
As Honesdale's lead grew, Coach Ludwig substituted liberally, rotating 11 players into and out of the line-up.
Jackie Gallik contributed seven points to the cause while Natasha Hessling added six. Jess Carney rounded out the home team scoring with two.
Score by Quarters...
HON (1-0) 16 22 18 21 - 67
SCR (0-1) 6 12 4 3 - 25