By Jay Young
The Jamestown Community College Lady Jayhawks (9-3) put on a admirably unselfish showing in their opening game of the third annual Tom D'Angelo Memorial Classic on Friday night.
Above, Jamestown Community College point guard Taylor Storer drives the lane during a first-round game in the third annual Tom D’Angelo Lady Jayhawk Classic. The Lady Jayhawks defeated Lorain County CC, 78-55. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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George Sisson's team pulled away almost from the start against Lorain County CC (5-7) on its way to a 78-55 NJCAA Division II victory.
While Taylor Storer and Elle Reed continued their assertive season's with 11 and 22 points respectively, the Lady Jayhawks also showed they have depth all across the bench.
Freshman guard Lacey Clark of Dunkirk took over the game after JCC wavered in the opening minutes, scoring seven straight points and grabbing key rebounds off the glass.
"I'm really excited because the last few days I've been after her to be more aggressive on offense," Sisson said. "She came out and made three or four really good defensive plays, and hit a three."
The Commodores looked sharp following the opening tip, and got out to an early lead after Emily Nagy converted on a long pass from the back-court, but they could not maintain the initial spark, and they would not see another lead for the rest of the evening.
It took Reed a few warm-up shots to find the shooting groove that has been carrying JCC all season long, but after making a baseline jumper to tie the game in the first half the Lady Jayhawks were flying high.
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Clark's intensity led to a 14-point JCC lead midway through the half, and a pair of 3-pointers by Reed brought the score to 39-12 with minutes to play. A crisp pass from Sydney Milliman to Amy Sands ended the scoring for the Lady Jayhawks, who carried a 45-23 lead into the second half.
"I thought we shared the ball very well in the first, but it is always hard to play with a lead," Sisson said. "You get a few bad fouls or some quick threes and a 25-point lead can go away fast."
There was no need to worry about losing the lead on Friday.
Storer came out and immediately stretched the margin after tossing a lead pass to Brook Draggett for a basket.
"You know (Storer) is really our engine. We go where she goes," noted Sisson.
That engine was running at full tilt against last night as Storer showed no signs of fatigue as she ran the offense masterfully through 34 minutes.
Reed's third takeaway of the night set up Dragget for another score, and pushed the lead to 55-32.
Akiah Luceus had a solid performance on both ends of the court, totaling 10 rebounds, seven points, and four assists in the victory. Toward the end of the second half, Lorain CC's Katlynne Baker took a hard fall after going up for a rebound with Luceus, but she was not seriously injured.
The Lady-Jayhawks will now face Westmoreland County CC today at 2 p.m., preceded by a noon meeting between Niagara County CC and Lorain CC.
"We are looking forward to getting a challenge tomorrow, and I know Westmoreland is too," concluded Sisson.
Storer 5 0-0 11, Milliman 1 0-0 3, Reed 8 3-3 22, Miller 0 0-0 0, Sheldon 1 0-0 2, Clark 5 0-0 11, Sands 3 0-0 6, Draggett 7 2-2 16, Luceus 2 3-3 7, Hannon 0 0-0 0, Law 0 0-0 0. Totals 32 8-8 78.
Baker 2 0-1 4, Madison Stoyka 4 4-8 12, Desiree Ray 6 2-7 14, Davis 1 2-4 4, Gabby Woods 5 0-1 10, Emily Nagy 4 3-5 11. Totals 22 11-26 55.
Halftime: JCC 45, LCCC 23. Total Fouls: JCC 20, LCCC 10. Three-Pointers: Storer, Milliman, Reed 3, Clark.