Woodbridge sophomore Janeira Scott showed a flare for the dramatic as she led a furious 3rd quarter rally in what became a 47-43 victory for the undefeated Blue Raiders at Padua Thursday night.
Padua's inside combination of Paige Kenton and Michelle Kozicki gave the Blue Raiders problems in the first half, as the Pandas went into the break up 22-14, looking to give their Sussex County visitors a trip back home with their first loss.
Haley Scott hit a rare Padua three-pointer with 6:35 to go in the 3rd quarter to keep the lead at 25-18, before the air came out of their balloon.
Scott went to work, first cutting into to the heart of Padua's 2-3 zone to find Tykeya Nelson on the right baseline for back-to-back three-pointers to get within a point.
With the back of the defense cheating towards Nelson, that opened up Scott's dribble-drive lanes and she hit a pair of runners to give her team their first lead of the contest.
Scott wasn't done, as she fed Cha'Kya Johnson for a lay-up, hit a basket after a cross-over, and then a high-arcing three-pointer at the buzzer to finish off a a 19-2 run to lead 37-27 going into the final quarter.
Padua would get back into the contest, as Woodbridge became sloppy, committing turnovers, and missing all 7 of their free throws in the final quarter.
A Woodbridge assistant was called for a technical foul after arguing with an official, and Haley Scott's ensuing free throw put the Pandas within 39-25 with 3:16 to go, but it would be Woodbridge's Scott that put the game away.
She found Johnson for another inside basket, and then heaved a full-court inbound pass to her forward for another basket, and Padua couldn't find the answers to get fully back in the game.
Scott led Woodbridge (13-0) with 21 points. They return to Henlopen South action on Tuesday at Sussex Academy.
Michelle Kozicki paced Padua (7-4) with 17. They get a test at Archbishop Prendergast on Saturday before facing Ursuline on the road Monday.