By Jim Riggs
When the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks and the Genesee CC Lady Cougars played at Genesee on Feb. 1, the Jayhawks escaped with a one-point win, 46-45.
So when the teams had a rematch at JCC on Thursday night, the Jayhawks were not taking the Lady Cougars' records of 5-19 overall and 0-7 in Region 3 Division II lightly.
There was no one-point win this time as JCC rolled to a 78-46 NJCAA Region 3 Division II women's basketball victory.
That moved JCC's record to 18-6 overall and 7-1 in Region 3 Division II.
Jayhawks coach George Sisson was just happy to see his team playing a game.
''Our concentration was solely on the Jayhawks,'' he said. ''We've only played three games in the last 2 weeks and that's a lot of practices. That means they have to come to two hours of practice everyday with me. So when we came in here tonight we didn't spend a lot of time talking about what they (Genesee) do and what their record is and what the last game was. We just tried to worry about the Jayhawks.''
And the Jayhawks responded as Elle Reed led the scoring with 17 points while Akiah Luceus had 13 points and nine rebounds and Taylor Storer had 10 points and eight assists.
''We always go as Storer goes and tonight I don't know if it was necessarily as much of her offense as her defense,'' Sisson said after Storer also had four steals.
It looked like JCC was ready to put Genesee away early as it jumped out to a 20-5 lead after 8:45 of play. The Lady Cougars didn't record their first field goal, a 3-pointer, until 4:45 had been played.
But after finally hitting a field goal, the Lady Cougars made up for lost time and came alive. Twice they cut their deficit to 10 and with 5:13 left in the half the visitors were only seven behind, 29-22.
At that point, Lacey Clark of the Jayhawks had headed to the bench with three fouls while Brook Draggett, Luceus and Corri Hannon, who finished with nine rebounds, had two each at halftime, which found JCC in front, 35-26.
Those foul problems weren't a concern in the second half as the Jayhawks came out fired up. They ran off nine straight points for an 18-point lead and then kept increasing it.
''What we talked about at halftime is we need to do a better job of playing in space,'' Sisson said. ''They were putting pressure on the ball and we were driving and then we weren't having good endings. We shot the ball in traffic and we shot them off balance. So we really talked about dribble-driving and getting into the soft spot, that area between the defender that's on the ball and the defender that's going to step up and stop the dribble. I thought we did that. We got some dribble-drives, we had a couple of threes. Then we had three or four stops right in a row.''
The Jayhawks continued to roll. Meanwhile, there were no comebacks left in Genesee in the final 20 minutes.
JCC had its largest lead of 32 at the final buzzer.
Shanell Glover led Genesee with 11 points and Dashawna Jenifer had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Next for the Jayhawks is a Region 3 Division II game at Niagara County CC on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
A JCC win could possibly lock up the No. 1 seed for the Region 3 Division II Tournament, which would mean the Jayhawks would play host to the event on March 1 and 2.
Clanton 2 0-0 5, Yokato 0 0-0 0, Glover 4 2-2 11, Maloney 0 0-0 0, Wzientek 0 1-2 1, Jenifer 2 6-9 10, Robinson 3 2-2 8, Gleaton 0 3-4 3, McCuley 2 0-0 4, Rivera 2 0-0 4, Totals 15 14-19 46.
Storer 4 2-3 10 Milliman Reed 6 2-3 17, Miller 3 2-2 8, Clark 3 0-2 7, Sands 3 1-2 7, Draggett 3 0-0 6, Luceus 5 3-5 13, Hannon 2 3-7 7, Totals 30 14-26 78.
Halftime-JCC 35, Genesee 26. JCC 3-point goals-Clanton, Glover, Reed 3, Clark. Totals fouls-Genesee 21, JCC 20. Fouled out-Hannon, Robinson.