By Jay Young
In the nightcap of the United Way Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night, host Jamestown (4-0) handed Chautauqua Lake (3-1) its first loss of the year, 57-46, at McElrath Gymnasium.
Chautauqua Lake’s Courtney Hewes, center, is pressured by Jamestown’s Kaleisha Mosley, left, and Chrisanna Green during Friday’s opening round of the United Way Tip-Off Tournament at McElrath Gymnasium. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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The Lady Thunderbirds' strong post game kept the matchup even through the first three quarters, but in the end junior forward Chrisanna Green and the athletic Lady Red Raiders proved too much to handle.
Green finished the night just one rebound shy of a double-double after recording 20 points, nine boards and three blocks.
Jamestown will now face Frewsburg in the championship game at 7:30 tonight. The Bears defeated Olean, 42-38, in the other first-round game.
After going on a scoring tear and notching seven points in the opening period, Green changed up her game in response to defensive pressure from the Lady Thunderbirds and pushed Jamestown through to victory.
"She's capable of changing her game like that," Jamestown coach Tim Anderson said. "She can do whatever we ask of her, and the same goes for all our girls."
While Jamestown benefited from scoring across its lineup, the Lady Thunderbirds relied heavily on their big inside post presence from Jenna Einink and Ashton Albanesius, who combined for 32 points.
"Their girls down low are obviously very tough, and that is something that we have to work on for when we play teams that are big, like Williamsville North," said Anderson. "They are a good team and they beat us once when we played this summer."
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Midway through the second quarter, Einink, a junior, scored her 1,000th career point for Chautauqua Lake on an inside jumper. The milestone was lauded by fans and players from both sides of McElrath Gymnasium.
Following the opening tip of the night, both Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake appeared nervous. The Lady Red Raiders started the game with a missed open layup that was followed by a shot-clock violation, while the Lady Thunderbirds had a tough time hanging on to the ball on offense.
After some opening jitters Green was able to give Jamestown an early lead with a pair of treys, while Albanesius and Courtney Hewes settled down and made buckets for Chautauqua Lake.
Heading into the second period, the game was tied,10-10, but at the start of the period the Lady Red Raiders showed why they have yet to lose, going on a 7-0 run thanks to some fast break points by Green and a steal by Anne Campion.
Not to be outdone, Einink elevated her game on the inside and chipped in 10 points in the second period to keep Chautauqua Lake close.
"With Jenna and Ashton down low we have relied on them a lot this year," said Chautauqua Lake coach Eric Schuster. "But all we can control is our effort, and we held our own against a good team."
A big rebound in the paint from Einink in the closing seconds of the half shrank the Jamestown lead to four going into the final 16 minutes.
The Lady Thunderbirds picked up a lead early on in the third quarter on back-to-back tallies from Hewes, but solid free-throw shooting by Jamestown evened the game at 32.
The back-and-forth action continued into the final minutes of the game, with Einink regaining the lead for Chautauqua Lake on an inside putback. A three-point goal by Tara Hunt maintained the margin for the Lady Thunderbirds, but that was not enough to stop a Jamestown comeback.
Green and Campion, who finished with 17 points, put up monster numbers in the final period, and could not be matched by Chautauqua Lake.
Albanesius did all she could to stem the flood of Jamestown points, chipping in six of her own in the final quarter, but the damage was already done.
A three point play by Campion sealed the game for the Lady Red Raiders, who outscored the Lady Thunderbirds, 20-7 in the final period.
"We knew it would be a challenge," said Anderson after the game. "We're definitely a work in progress."
Pollino 2 3 8, Campion 6 4 17, Butts 1 0 3, Johnson 0 0 0, Green 6 6 20, Cersosimo 0 0 0, Davis 2 1 5, Mosley 1 0 2, Williams 0 0 0, Austin 0 0 0, Birt 0 0 0, Coleman 1 0 2. Totals 19 14 57.
CHAUTAUQUA LAKE (46)
Hawkins 0 0 0, Doyle 1 3 5, Hunt 1 0 3, Moulton 0 0 0, Phelps 0 0 0, Hewes 3 0 6, Barrows 0 0 0, McCutcheon 0 0 0, Einink 5 4 15, Albanesius 7 3 17. Totals 17 10 46.
3-point goals: Pollino, Campion, Butts, Green 2, Hunt, Einink.
Jamestown 10 16 11 20-57
Chautauqua Lake 10 12 17 7-46