JCC Women Win Sixth Straight

JCC Women Win Sixth Straight

Article copied from Jamestown Post Journal (http://www.post-journal.com/sports/local-sports/2017/12/jcc-women-win-sixth-straight-sperry-outstanding/)

Emilee Sperry is a quiet soul by nature.

On the court?

Well, let's just say her play speaks volumes.

The sophomore guard poured in 23 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and added a steal to propel the Jamestown Community College women's basketball team to a 94-77 victory over Villa Maria in the championship game of the Jayhawk Classic on Sunday afternoon.

The win, the Jayhawks' sixth in a row, improved their record to 10-2 on the season, continuing a remarkable first semester. Much of the success yesterday afternoon can be attributed to Sperry, the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, whose 16 first-half points, including 4-of-8 from the arc, sent Jamestown CC to a 53-36 lead at intermission.

"Whenever you need her, she's always there," Jayhawks coach Travis Wells said. "It seems like when you need her the most that's when she's at her best."

Sperry had help, though.

Freshmen Alexis Rodenbaugh (21 points, six assists, three steals), Nicole Johnson (15 points, eight rebounds), Olivia Lynn (11 points, 14 rebounds) and Taylor Phelps (11 points) all contributed to another fine effort at the Physical Education Complex.

"That was the best game of the year, by far," Wells said.

A year ago, the Jayhawks finished the season with seven wins. Now, they head into Wednesday's game against Monroe CC on quite a nice run.

"(Against) Villa, I was scared to death, just by how they shot the ball (on Saturday in a 101-66 victory over Pitt-Titusville)," Wells said. "I wanted to play with them, but I didn't want to play with them that much, just because of the tempo."

Nevertheless, the Jayhawks got off to a very fast start, drilling five treys in the first quarter, including four by Sperry, to build a 27-19 lead. And when Johnson (nine points) and Rodenbaugh (six points) got hot in the second quarter, the hosts' lead grew to 17 by intermission.

Rodenbaugh also spent much of the game guarding Villa Maria's Shaquanda Owens, who poured in 40 points in a first-round game Saturday, but was held to seven in the first half.

"She's a team player, through and through," Wells said of Rodenbaugh. "She came from a good (high school) program. She's not afraid of the moment by any means."

Jamestown CC's 10-2 run to start the third quarter ballooned its advantage to 61-38 and Villa Maria never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Owens led Villa Maria with 22 points, Leah McQuiller had 14, Bianco Brown chipped in with 13, and Nina Cray and Dominique Davis added 12 and 11 respectively.

The Jayhawks are off until Wednesday when they travel to Monroe CC.

"We've got to keep working hard and stay the course," Wells said.

NOTES: Joining Sperry on the all-tournament team were Lynn, Owens, Mikala Misleany of Westmoreland CC and Rebecca Fagley of Pitt-Titusville. … Sperry was also the recipient of the Amanda Rice Award. A former Jayhawk, Rice presented the award to Sperry in a pregame ceremony. … In the consolation game, Westmoreland CC downed Pitt-Titusville, 85-57. Misleany led the way with 26 points, Kylee Surike had 19, Alyssa Kalp added 18 and Hannah Hempfield chipped in with 11. … Samantha McHenry had 14 points, Amanda Fry had 12 and Fagley added nine points and nine assists for Pitt-Titusville.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

VILLA MARIA (77)

Owens 10-23 1-1 22, Brown 5-11 2-2 13, McQuiller 7-12 0-0 14, Cray 6-13 0-0 12, Davis 5-11 0-0 11, Banks 2-5 1-2 5, Totals 35-77 4-5 77.

JAMESTOWN CC (94)

Sperry 7-15 4-4 23, Rodenbaugh 8-15 4-6 21, Johnson 6-7 3-5 15, Lynn 4-16 3-6 11, Hettenbaugh 2-4 0-1 5, Lancaster 0-1 0-0 0, Burgeson 2-7 0-0 4, Hallberg 1-1 0-0 2, Phelps 3-6 3-4 11, Gustafson 1-2 0-0 2, Totals 34-74, 17-26 94.

Villa Maria 19 17 19 22 — 77

Jamestown CC 27 26 21 20 — 94

3-point goals–Owens, Brown, Davis, Sperry 5, Rodenbaugh, Hettenbaugh, Phelps. Assists –Villa Maria 14 (Owens 4, Cray 4, Davis 4), Jamestown CC 25 (Rodenbaugh 6). Rebounds — Villa Maria 30 (Owens 13), Jamestown CC 44 (Lynn 14). Totals Fouls — Villa Maria 17, Jamestown CC 11.

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