Lexi Rockey (left) and Frontier fell to Jamestown in a battle for first place in ECIC I on Tuesday (Feb. 4). Photo courtesy of Ron Larson.
Despite 17 points from Ashley Kabza, Hamburg fell for a second time this season Williamsville South on Tuesday (Feb. 4), in a key ECIC II matchup. Photo courtesy of Ron Larson.
doesn’t lose often on its home court.
handed Jamestown its only loss of the season back on Jan. 14 with a 53-38
victory, but the Red Raiders got a bit of revenge with a hard fought and
well-earned 54-47 victory over the Falcons in ECIC Division I showdown on
Tuesday (Feb. 4).
also could be a Class AA playoff preview, Jamestown led for most of the game,
thanks to an explosive first quarter with three 3-pointers, 21 points, and a
nine-point lead. Despite the
Falcons ability to keep the game close and them getting to within three in the
fourth quarter, the road team held on to gain control of ECIC I.
was an important game for us because obviously they beat us down at our place,”
said Jamestown head coach Tim Anderson, whose team improved to 14-1 overall and
9-1 in ECIC I. “This was a big
game especially because it puts us in better position to get the one-seed for
the playoffs. That was the most important thing for us today.”
Chrisanna Green led the Red Raiders with 15 points, while Anne Campion chipped
in 10. Frontier’s Kaitlyn Lipka led all scorers with 16 points while her
sister, and backcourt mate, Caisey Lipka, scored 10.
a playoff basketball game. That’s what we want,” said Frontier head coach Rick
Mihalik. “Losing a game like
tonight, it wasn’t that we didn’t play well, I thought we played well.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"
Frontier’s earlier season win over the Red Raiders, the Lipka sisters combined
for 24 points, but in this go-around, the Red Raiders did a better job of
keeping the other weapons in check.
Jamestown, Green led the team in scoring, like she has most times this season,
despite scoring six points less than her 21.3 season average. She got help from a balanced Red Raider
scoring attack as seven different players got in on the action.
has played well for us all season; she’s been the constant,” said Anderson. “Everybody contributed. Defensively we
were happy with our effort and did a much better job attacking offensively.”
Falcons suffered their third league loss of the season and fell into a
second-place tie in the division with Williamsville North. After starting the
ECIC I season 7-0, the Falcons have lost three of their last four division
games. Jamestown is now in firm control of the division title.
things are going to happen. It’s a long season,” said Mihalik, whose team will
play one more league game during the regular season, Feb. 7 at home against
Lancaster. "You’re going to
have slip-ups and bumps in the road as you go along.”
town that night, Hamburg also fell in a division game with first-place
implications. Williamsville South used a 17-6 third quarter to blow open a tied
game at overtime in the Billies 52-43 win over host Hamburg.
win puts South into first-place alone in ECIC II at 8-2, while Hamburg dropped
to 7-3, falling for the second time this season to the Billies.
was led by junior Grace Licata, who scored a game-high 18 points, including
nailing five 3-pointers, two of them came consecutively during a 10-0 third
quarter run. Also during the quarter, Nina Ragland scored 7 of her 9 points.
went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to six with just under a minute to play,
but South nailed 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to ice the game. The Bulldogs
received a huge second half from Ashley Kabza, who finished with 17 points.
Kendra Quinn-Moultrie and Jill Ford each added 10 points in the loss.
Hamburg and Frontier meet in a non-league rivalry game on Monday, Feb. 10. Read more details in next week's edition of The Sun News. (Also from staff reports)