By Jay Young
After a close battle with Chautauqua Lake on Friday, the Jamestown girls basketball team (6-0) had an easier time with Frewsburg (2-2) 64-43 on Saturday evening to take home the United Way Tip-Off Tournament title.
Jamestown’s Peyton Butts, middle, looks to pass to a teammate during the championship game of the United Way Tip-Off Tournament at McElrath Gymnasium on Saturday night. The Lady Red Raiders defeated Frewsburg, 64-43. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jay Young
Jamestown’s Hannah Pollino is closely guarded by Frewsburg’s Sam Eklund in the backcourt.
Emilee Johnson of Frewsburg dribbles around a pick at the top of the key during the title game.
Once again Chrisanna Green and Anne Campion caused matchup problems for opposing defenders, combining for 19 of Jamestown's 64 points.
Green was honored as the tournament's most valuable player, while Campion was named to the all-tournament team.
Frewsburg's Emily Hair, who finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and Katilyn Blanchard, who chipped in with 10 points, were also named to the all-tournament team.
"I thought that we played well," Frewsburg coach Jeff Collver said. "We started a little slow, and had that deer-in-the-headlights look for a bit, but we came back and competed."
Nerves indeed got the best of the Lady Bears in the early minutes of the game.
The Lady Red Raiders came out fired up and Peyton Butts put in an easy bucket to open the scoring after coming down with a defensive rebound. Butts put together a stout first period on defense as well, adding a block and a steal. The short lapse in concentration by Frewsburg helped Jamestown pick up a 9-0 lead. The shutout was finally broken when Olivia Lynn found a bucket in the paint halfway through the opener.
That would be the only bucket that the Lady Bears posted before heading into the second quarter.
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"I was very pleased with our defense," Jamestown coach Tim Anderson said. "Everyone came out and gave good effort, and I can't ask for much more than that."
And, of course, Anderson also can count on Green.
"Chrisanna is a just a beast. She was a monster out there tonight," he said of the junior forward.
While Green put on a defensive show, Kaleisha Mosley added a trey and an inside jumper to extend the lead.
Frewsburg was able to find a bright spot when Hair converted on a three-point play before the halftime buzzer, but still went into the intermission trailing, 34-17.
Heading into the final 16 minute with a comfortable lead, the Lady Red Raiders were able to explore their bench and work on the specifics of their game.
"We talk about trying to get better every game no matter what the score is," Anderson said. "We need to get better on defense on the ball and as a team, and that's what I told the girls. Everyone that came in off the bench played hard."
Mary Cersosimo and Jade Johnson, in particular, jumped at the chance to get more minutes, combining for eight points off the bench.
Long-range treys from Blanchard and Emilee Johnson kept the game competitive in the late minutes, but the Jamestown lead was beyond reach.
Sam Eklund ended the night on a high note for the Lady Bears, converting on a three-point play with one second remaining on the clock.
Despite the loss, Collver took away the positives from Saturday's game.
"If we can bring that kind of intensity into our league season, I think we can do real well," he said. "The kids played tough."
Olivia Lynn led the Bears in rebounds with five and Dazjah Coleman notched seven boards for the Lady Red Raiders.
Johnson finished the night with three assists, while Campion had three also.
Alianell 0 0 0, Blanchard 4 3 12, Hair 4 1 10, Green 0 0 0, Eklund 1 0 3, Johnson 1 2 5, Swartzman 0 0 0, Lynn 3 2 8, Whippo 1 0 2, Davis 1 0 2, Kamryn Gardner 0 1 1, Clark 0 0 0, Anderson 0 0 0. Totals 15 9 43.
Pollino 0 0 0, Campion 4 5 13, Butts 2 0 5, Johnson 1 1 4, Green 7 2 16, Cersosimo 1 2 4, Davis 3 3 11, Mosley 2 0 5, Williams 0 0 0, Austin 0 0 0, Birt 0 0 0, Coleman 2 4 6. Totals 22 17 64.
3-point goals: Butts, Johnson, Mosley, Blanchard, Hair, Eklund.
Jamestown 14 20 17 13-64
Frewsburg 2 15 10 16-43