By Jim Riggs
The Jamestown Community College women's basketball team got a much-needed breather on Tuesday night with a 46-point victory.
Akiah Luceus of Jamestown Community College, left, guards Katherine Omelia of Butler County CC in the backcourt during Wednesday night's NJCAA women's basketball game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
The Jayhawks, an NJCAA Division II team, moved to 5-0 on the season with a 91-45 win over the Butler County CC Lady Pioneers, who play in NJCAA Division III.
Everyone on the JCC roster played and scored, and it was a relaxing game after the previous four wins which were not quite as easy.
''I don't like to relax too much because it's so early in the season,'' JCC coach George Sisson said. ''When you go into a halftime like that (leading 56-20) you want to go out in the second half and compete against yourself.''
The Jayhawks had quite an offensive output, but what pleased Sisson the most was his team's defense.
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That was lacking a week ago in a narrow win over Pitt-Titusville and he didn't see its return on Saturday when he missed that game at the CC of Allegheny County while attending is father's funeral. Assistant coach Travis Wells coached in his place.
''The thing I like about it is, obviously, I didn't coach Saturday's game, they were tied at halftime down there (at CCAC) 23-all and Travis said they really got after it defensively and I thought they carried that over to tonight's game,'' Sisson said,
JCC went on a 27-3 run for the first 12 minutes to pretty much put the game away. In the middle of that stretch, the Jayhawks' press was too much for Butler County, which committed 21 turnovers in the first half. A couple of times, JCC scored baskets less than 10 seconds apart as the Lady Pioneers couldn't get out of their backcourt.
Akiah Leceus had eight points during that stretch while Lacey Clark had seven.
''It's good to be fast and it's good to be flying to the ball as long as you do it within the realm of what you want to do, and I thought we did a really good job,'' Sisson said about the press. ''It excites me that not only the guards were playing with each other, but the forwards were stepping up and making plays and steals with that pressure. Sometimes your guards play like crazy and your forwards sit back there just relaxing, but my forwards were coming up and stealing those lob passes and making plays.''
It was an exchange game for a couple of minutes and then the Jayhawks took control again. For the last seven minutes of the half, JCC outscored Butler County, 20-10. Elle Reed helped get that run started with a couple of 3-pointers en route to taking halftime scoring honors with 13 points.
Butler County showed a little spark early in the second half with an 8-2 run.
''I came out and I played a zone that we have not worked on very much,'' Sisson said. ''I just wanted to play it live against somebody different so we could see where our mistakes were. And then when they hit a couple, I didn't want any (scoring) runs. I had told them at halftime I've been here before. Against Pitt-Titusville were were up 21 (before winning by three). They made a couple shots and and it was like, OK, let's get man-to-man and we started making plays again.''
The Jayhawks started making plays with arun of 10 straight points beginning with a 3-pointer by Reed and capped with a 3-pointer by Taylor Storer.
That gave the Jayhawks a 70-28 lead and there were no comebacks on tap like what happened against Pitt-Titusville.
Reed led JCC with 16 points while Storer had 14. Shawana Miller and Clark had 10 points each.
Butler County's leader was Chloe Marshall with 17 points and Jennifer Barry had 12.
The next action for JCC is at the Columbus State CC Tournament on Friday when it takes on Edison CC at 6 p.m.
BUTLER COUNTY (45)
Barry 3 3-4 12, Omelia 3 1-2 7, Horwalt 1 0-0 2, Dewalt 0 0-0 0, Custer 2 2-6 6, Johnston 5 7-17 17, Mashall 0 1-2 1, Kellerman 0 0-0 0, Totals 14 14-31 45.
Storer 6 0-0 14, Milliman 4 0-2 8, Reed 6 1-2 16, Miller 4 2-2 10, Sheldon 3 2-4 8, Clark 5 0-0 10, Sands 3 2-4 8, Draggett 1 1-2 3, Luceus 4 1-2 9, Hannon 0 1-2 1, Law 2 0-2 4, Totals 39 8-18 91.
Halftime-JCC 56, Butler County 20. 3-point goals-Barry 3, Storer 2, Reed 3. Totals fouls-Butler County 16, JCC 25. Fouled out-Johnston, Marshall.