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Frontier, Hamburg drop games with division titles on line

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.

Jamestown doesn’t lose often on its home court. 

Frontier 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).  

In what 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.

“It 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.”

Junior 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. “That’s 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.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" 

In 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. For 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. 
“[Green] 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.” 

The 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.  

“Those 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.” 

Across 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. 

The 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. 

South 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.  

Hamburg 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)  


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