On the soccer pitch, Port Jefferson’s Jillian Colucci was the one finding passes as she racked up goals. On the basketball court, she prefers to send the ball to others to finish the job. But on Tuesday, she couldn’t stop herself from doing both.
The host Royals (3-0) scored 22 consecutive points spanning the first and second quarters to put the game out of sight in a 53-24 win over Babylon (1-1) in Suffolk League VII. Colucci, the point guard, had 10 points during the run.
“My goal isn’t to score; my goal is to set up and for the team score. It was great that I scored a little bit more today,” she said with a shrug.
The 5-4 senior had 20 points, five assists and five steals. She capped the first quarter with back-to-back steals that she converted to layups. The first became a three-point play, and the second fell as the buzzer sounded.
“I like being able to read passes and then step in there and finish them,” Colucci said.
Courtney Lewis, usually Port Jefferson’s biggest scoring threat, had 14 points despite being the focus of Babylon’s defense. She blocked a shot and broke away for a basket during the early run, but after being called for three charges in the first half, she stopped driving and turned to her teammates. “Usually when that happens, I dish it off and the other person is open,” Lewis said.
One of the beneficiaries was Jackie Brown, who had eight points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
“It definitely gives us some confidence going later into the season, seeing how high we can score,” Brown said.
Corinne Scannell had seven points and six rebounds. Babylon’s Katherine Buser had 11 points, and Amanda Guerra had seven.
Colucci showed her athleticism again late, rattling off seven points to open the fourth as Port Jefferson completed an 11-6 run to end the game.
“She was hitting threes today, she was seeing everybody,” Brown said. “She’s an all-around player.”