By Jay Young
After putting on a dominant performance against Lorain County Community College on Friday, the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks finished strong in the third annual Tom D'Angelo Memorial Classic, beating Westmoreland County Community College, 76-55, in an NJCAA basketball game on Saturday afternoon.
Jamestown Community College’s Brook Draggett looks to pass during Saturday’s Tom D’Angelo Memorial Classic game against Westmoreland County CC.
P-J photos by Jay Young
The victory was preceded by the presentation of the Amanda Rice Award, which is given annually by JCC to the player or coach who best exemplifies the values of sportsmanship and integrity. The commendation is named in honor of former JCC basketball player Amanda Rice, who was injured in a car crash in February of 2007.
This year's honoree was Jayhawks' sophomore guard Kaylee Sheldon of Panama. During the ceremony Sheldon was praised by athletic director Keith Martin for her kindness, athletic ability and perseverance, on and off the basketball court.
Once the game began, JCC (10-3) again benefited from offensive production all across its roster, and continued to show why they are one of the region's top NJCAA Division II teams in the state.
The Lady Jayhawks had eight players score five points or more in the contest, including 13 from point guard Taylor Storer and another 13 from Akiah Luceus.
"Sometimes the girls just make you look like a genius," joked longtime assistant coach Travis Wells, who was filling in for Coach George Sisson. Sisson was attending the Connolly Cup awards banquet during which his son, Jake, was presented the trophy as Western New York's top high school football player.
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Brook Draggett got JCC started out on the right foot, finding a basket in the opening minutes on an inside layup. That hot start continued throughout the rest of the game, as Draggett finished with seven rebounds and nine points.
Shalia Williams kept the Wolfpack close early on with several buckets in the paint and useful offensive rebounds, but the Lady Jayhawks' offense was unrelenting.
Turnovers and missed opportunities plagued Westmoreland during the first half.
Lacey Clark continued to play well after her stout performance against Lorain on Friday, connecting on a shot at 17:30 of the first half, and then putting home another basket after rebounding a missed foul shot.
"That depth is really what we want to see," Wells said.
"Who ever comes in to play has to do their job, and do it with confidence."
Unfortunately for Westmoreland, the Jayhawks' star players were also hitting on all cylinders.
Storer finished off the opening half in style with two easy points from the charity stripe, and an assist that ended the period with JCC holding a 35-27 lead.
The Lady Jayhawks posted a field goal percentage of 36 percent in the first half, along with 22 percent shooting from long range.
The second half began with two uncontested layups by Luceus and Storer, after which Westmoreland (4-6) was unable to regain momentum.
Speedy guard Mariah Ward was able to find several open shots in the second half, but was unable to convert on many chances, finishing 7-17 from the field. Defense from Luceus and Draggett also stymied the majority of inside chances for the Wolfpack.
In the closing moments of the game, freshmen guard Sydney Milliman found her rhythm from the baseline and added four points for JCC to close out the contest.
At the conclusion of the Memorial Classic, Elle Reed, who finished with 14 points, was awarded Tournament Most Valuable Player honors following two standout performances.
Devon Larkin of Westmoreland and Draggett were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts.
In the first game, Niagara County CC (12-0) bested Lorain County CC (5-8), 53-33.
The Thunderwolves were led by Ashtin Fiegel's 15 points and four rebounds, as well as 14 points from Kristine Ripson.
Lorain held on throughout much of the game despite only having six players. Their top performers were Emily Nagy with 15 points and Madison Stoyka with nine.
Following the game Nagel and Fiegel were named to the all-tournament team.
Storer 4 5-6 13, Milliman 3 0-0 8, Reed 5 2-3 14, Miller 2 1-2 5, Sheldon 0 0-1 0, Clark 3 0-0 8, Sands 0 0-0 0, Draggett 4 1-5 9, Luceus 5 3-4 13, Hannon 2 2-2 6. Totals: 28 14-23 76
B. Williams 0 0-0 0, Brletich 1 0-0 3, Smith 0 1-2 1, MacHesky 0 0-0 0, Murphy 2 5-7 9, Devon Larkin 3 12-16 18, S. Williams 3 2-4 8, Mariah Ward 7 2-4 16. Totals: 16 22-33 55.
Halftime: JCC 36, WCCC 27. Total Fouls: JCC 24, WCCC 16. Three-Pointers: Brletich, Milliman 2, Reed 2, Clark 2.
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Niagara County CC (53)
Fiegel 6 3-5 15, Aikin 0 0-0 0, Welch 3 0-0 8, Perez 1 0-0 2, Gorton 1 2-2 4, DeWaters 0 0-0 0, Ripson 7 0-0 14, Moyer 1 1-1 3, Faso 1 2-4 4, Kelkenberg 1 1-2 3. Totals: 21 9-14 53.
Lorain County CC (33)
Stoyka 4 0-2 9, Wright 0 0-0 0, Ray 1 0-0 2, Davis 1 0-0 3, Woods 2 0-0 4, Nagy 5 3-7 15. Totals: 13 3-9 33.
Halftime: NCCC 27, LCCC 17. Total Fouls: NCCC 12, LCCC 11. Three-Pointers: Stoyka, Davis, Nagy 2, Welch 2.