By Jim Riggs
The Jamestown Community College women's basketball team is heading into the postseason on a low note.
Elle Reed of Jamestown Community College puts up one of her four 3-pointers in Saturday's NJCAA Region 3 Division II game against Mercyhurst North East. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
After suffering a loss on Thursday that cost the Jayhawks the chance to host the NJCAA Region 3 Division II Women's Basketball Tournament, they recorded another loss at home on Saturday to finish the regular season with an 18-8 record and 5-3 mark in Region 3 Division II.
After JCC held a five-point lead with 7:15 left to play, the Mercyhurst North East Lady Saints went on an 18-6 run from that point to record a 78-68 victory.
''Thursday on the road we had a seven-minute stretch in the first half and a seven-minute stretch in the second half when we didn't score a point,'' JCC coach George Sisson said. ''Today it ended up being right at the end of the game.''
And there was a reason for that.
''They did some stuff defensively that constantly puts you in chaos,'' Sisson said. ''You have to play disciplined basketball. If you start making the game up at all against all that extended trapping, the next thing you know you don't get the ball in the right person's hands in the right place doing the right thing. We just didn't execute against that.''
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However, going into the game JCC already knew it had the the No. 2 seed for the NJCAA Region 3 Division II Tournament and along with No. 1 seed and host, Niagara County CC, and No. 3 seed, Erie CC, the Jayhawks have a bye into the semifinals.
On Wednesday, fourth-seeded Mercyhurst North East (16-10, 4-4) will play host to Genesee CC with the winner playing NCCC on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the semifinals. At 3 p.m., JCC will play Erie in the other semifinal.
The winners play for the regional championship on March 2 at 1 p.m. with a berth in the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament on the line.
This season, JCC lost at ECC and defeated the Lady Kats at home.
So despite the two losses, Sisson pointed out, ''The season still comes down to you have to win two games next weekend. We were unsuccessful Thursday and we were unsuccessful today, but if we win two games next weekend ...''
He added, ''We wanted to finish on a high and this is the first time we've been beaten at home all year. The good thing about today is we got exposed to what Erie's going to do to us next Saturday.''
Neither JCC or Mercyhurst North East could find the basket in the first four minutes, but when they finally hit a few the pace became fast and furious. The score was tied three times before the visitors began applying a light press that bothered the Jayhawks. The result was with seven minutes left in the half, the Lady Saints led by eight, 23-15, with the help of Jalin Steel's third 3-pointer.
Then JCC went to the 3-point attack to get back in the game.
Elle Reed hit three straight 3s within a minute to put the Jayhawks in front by two, 30-28, with 3:05 left in the half.
The rest of the way, MNE scored seven points from the free-throw line for a 35-34 halftime lead.
Early in the second half, the Lady Saints could only extend their lead to four. It could have been much larger as they missed two layups and went 1-for-4 from the line.
Then Taylor Storer and Lacey Clark hit 3-pointers for JCC and that was the start of four 3s for Clark which helped put the Jayhawks in front by seven.
The JCC lead was still at five, 61-57, with 7:15 left when the tables turned with MNE's 19-6 run to the finish.
At the beginning of that stretch, JCC's Akiah Luceus left the game after she quickly picked up her fourth and fifth fouls.
''When she comes out of the game, the matchups all change defensively,'' Sisson said.
Looking at the game overall, Sisson noted that when there was a loose ball or rebound up for grabs, Mercyhurst North East prevailed.
''I bet they got 80 percent of those 50-50 balls,'' he said.
The Lady Saints also controlled the rebounding, 43-29.
Kashawnna Sampson was the main problem for JCC as she led Mercyhurst North East with 31 points.
The bulk of JCC's scoring came from Reed with 22 points and Clark with 18.
Now the regular season is over for the Jayhawks and the postseason begins.
''Now it's down to a two-game season,'' Sisson said.
MERCYHURST NORTH EAST (78)
Dulin 3 0-2 9, Forney 1 0-2 2, Sampson 9 13-16 31, Schaef 1 0-0 3, Russell 0 0-0 0, Perrin 1 0-0 2, Fullove 1 3-4 5, Steel 3 4-6 13, Montgomery 2 1-4 5, LMiller 3 2-3 8, Totals 24 23-37 78.
Storer 4 0-0 9, Reed 8 2-4 22, SMiller 3 3-4 9, Clark 6 2-2 18, Sands 0 0-2 0, Draggett 2 0-0 4, Luceus 0 4-4 4, Hannon 0 2-2 2, Totals 23 13-18 68.
Halftime-Mercyhurst North East 35, JCC 34. 3-point goals-Dulin 2, Forney, Schaef, Steel 3, Storer, Reed 4, Clark 4. Total fouls-Mercyhurst North East 14, JCC 21. Fouled out-Luceus.