By Jay Young
BUFFALO - The No. 1 Jamestown Lady Red Raiders (19-2) faced a tough test playing late into the evening on Wednesday at Buffalo State against No. 3 Williamsville North (11-8), but were more than up to the challenge as they claimed an easy 58-42 victory for their second consecutive Section 6 Class AA championship.
Jamestown’s Chrisanna Green drives to the basket while being defended by Williamsville North’s Ericka Taplin during the Section 6 Class AA championship game at the Buffalo State Sports Arena on Wednesday. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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Jamestown’s Peyton Butts, right, eyes a layup while being defended by Williamsville North’s Natalie Hazzan.
P-J?photo by Jay Young
The title game was delayed for nearly an hour due to a pair of earlier overtime games, but that never slowed down Jamestown.
After struggling early in their semifinal meeting against Lockport on Friday at Kenmore West there was never a doubt about which team was going to be moving on in the postseason on Wednesday as Chrisanna Green posted another great night with 29 points and 12 boards for her double-double.
With the convincing win, Coach Tim Anderson and his team will take their talents to the Far West Regionals at Finger Lakes Community College on Saturday to take on Section 5 winners Gates Chili at 3 p.m.
"Yeah, we didn't wait until the second half to get started tonight," said Anderson after watching his team struggle against Lockport. "It was just a great effort by everybody that played. We set the tone from the start. We knew they were going to give us a good test, but we felt like we could wear them down with our size, our speed, our athleticism and that's exactly what we did.
Anderson's comments following the win could not have been any more right on, as the Lady Spartans were able to challenge Jamestown early, but could not maintain any offensive production moving forward.
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Ericka Taplin's size advantage in the post was able to keep Williamsville North in the game during the first quarter as she totaled six points, but Taplin was unable to maintain the offensive production for the rest of the night. Solid defense on the Lady Spartans' post player came courtesy of Green and Dazjah Coleman and helped Jamestown pick up their big second-quarter lead.
Taplin kept the Lady Spartans close with a back-to-back buckets in the paint as Jamestown held a 7-5 lead in the opening stanza, but got tired out from the defensive pressure she faced.
While Williamsville North was able to score in the opener the Lady Red Raiders were relentless all night on offense, with Green nailing a contested trey to put her team up 12-10 in the first quarter.
Green's bucket was followed up by another hoop from Anne Campion, who finished with 15 points. Campion was not only a threat from the perimeter, but she also was constantly a threat to drive the lane, something Green did effectively as well.
Williamsville North managed just two points in the second quarter and Jamestown built its lead to 28-19 by halftime, thanks to a spin move from Green and another silky trey by Campion. Green followed her post move by dishing a pass to Peyton Butts who was wide open on the wing to nail another shot from beyond the arc as the margin grew to 31-19 early in the third quarter.
Williamsville North was able to make a small comeback in the final period but that was after Anderson had removed his starters from the game with the win locked up.
Following the win, Anderson was optimistic about his team's next playoff step on Saturday.
"We feel good about our team this year and we played solid all year," said Anderson. "We have been consistent and obviously Gates Chili is going to be a great challenge, but we feel confident and we feel like the way we are playing right now we can beat any team in the state."
It is tough to argue with the Lady Red Raiders coach after watching his team dominate on both ends of the floor to claim their second title in as many years.
Maxine Williams was able to log some key minutes off the bench for Jamestown while Butts ended the evening with six points.
Clare Ahem led the way for the Lady Spartans with 13 points.
WILLIAMSVILLE NORTH (42)
Hazzan 4 0 8, Wolfe 1 1 3, Delano 1 0 2, Ahem 6 0 13, Principe 2 1 6, Noll 1 0 2, Kiely 1 0 2, Taplin 3 0 6. Totals 19 2 42.
Campion 6 1 15, Butts 1 3 6, Green 11 5 29, Cersosimo 0 0 0, Tucker 1 0 2, Williams 1 0 2, Coleman 2 0 4. Totals 23 9 58.
3-point goals: Principe, Ahem, Campion 2, Butts, Green 2.
Williamsville North 17 2 7 16-42
Jamestown 21 7 16 14-58