By Jay Young
In the opening game of the Jock Shop Holiday Shootout Tournament, the Southwestern Lady Trojans (1-2, 3-2) posted a dominating, 68-19, victory over winless Cassadaga Valley (0-1,0-5) on Friday night at the Jamestown Community College Physical Education Complex.
Southwestern’s Sarah Rauh, left, is fouled while driving to the basket during Friday’s first-round game in the Jock Shop Holiday Shootout. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jay Young
For all intents and purposes, it was the Alex Sullivan Show.
To illustrate her highlight-reel performance, all one had to do was watch her seven-point tear midway through the third quarter. The stretch of points highlighted a 33-point performance, seven-steal masterpiece that set up a showdown with Sherman, a 43-36 winner over Ellicottville, at 7:30 tonight for the tournament title.
"She creates a lot within the offense, and she's good off the dribble, " said Southwestern coach Anne Beck. "And if someone is free and open she'll bounce the ball outside, It's hard to hold her back."
By the end of the night, the Lady Cougars had to agree.
Sullivan's skilled command of the Southwestern offense and accurate shooting proved too much for any countering defensive scheme.
Kara Schutte also put together one of her best performances of the season, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting for the Lady Trojans.
It was Schutte who got her team started out on the right foot, putting in an easy layup on the game's opening possession to give Southwestern an early lead. Emily Wuebbolt began her stout game with an inside basket, an assist, and several rebounds that helped stretch the margin to 14-7 with four minutes to play in the period.
Along with consistent shooting, Southwestern also held a significant advantage in size and experience down low.
"Inside we are freshmen and sophomores so there is a lot of inexperience," Cougars coach Mark Petersen. "It's going to take a while, but the girls played hard."
Wuebbolt ended the night one basket away from a double-double, recording eight points and 11 boards.
Cassadaga Valley was led by Ashley Repine (eight points) and Presley Johnson (seven points), but it wasn't nearly enough against the Lady Trojans. The Lady Cougars managed only two points in the second period compared to 20 for Southwestern.
"I thought we kept our focus tonight," Beck said. "We were able to work on some different things (and) different shots."
Cassadaga Valley found a bright spot after facing a large deficit when Repine found her way to the basket for a layup, and then countered with a big defensive block, but the momentum was short lived.
Six points in the final 16 minutes was not good enough to keep up with the Lady Trojans, who found more scoring from their bench in the game's final minutes.
Now Southwestern will look to carry its momentum into tonight in pursuit of tournament title honors.
Cassadaga Valley will take on Ellicottville in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
Burgeson 1 2 4, Pannes 3 1 7, Wuebbolt 3 2 8, Sullivan 13 5 33 , Rauh 1 0 2, O'Boyle 0 2 2, Schutte 4 2 12, Rudny 1 0 2. Totals 26 14 68.
CASSADAGA VALLEY (19)
Cassatt 0 0 0, Holley 0 0 0, Reuther 0 0 0, Ames 0 2 2, Hoyt 0 0 0, Horton 1 0 2, Falkner 0 0 0, Ruiz 0 0 0, Repine 4 0 8, Johnston 0 0 0, BJohnson 0 0 0, PJohnson 3 0 7, Stoll 0 0 0 Totals 8 2 19.
3-point goals: PJohnson, Sullivan 2,
Southwestern 19 20 13 6-68
Cassadaga Valley 11 2 4 2-19