Jayhawks Fall To Niagara County CC In Semis

Jayhawks Fall To Niagara County CC In Semis

Article copied from Jamestown Post Journal (http://www.post-journal.com/sports/local-sports/2018/03/jayhawks-fall-to-niagara-county-cc-in-semis/)

ROCHESTER — Jamestown Community College may have entered Saturday's NJCAA Region 3 Division II semifinal game on the campus of Monroe CC as the No. 2 seed against No. 3 Niagara County C, having posted a 2-1 record against the Thunder Wolves during the regular season, but they also took to the hardwood with a distinct disadvantage.

Despite being without the services of freshman guard Haley Hettenbaugh, the Jayhawks were able to break out to a 16-3 lead early on before Niagara CC came roaring back with 36 points in the final two quarters to claim a 61-43 victory and earn a date in the finals today against No. 1 Monroe CC.

The loss brought Jamestown CC's season to a close with a 19-7 overall mark and an 11-4 record in the region, while the Thunder Wolves will move on at 19-10 and 10-5 in Region 3 play.

"She was having real bad back pain in practice yesterday, she could barely walk and we didn't know about it until yesterday when it happened. Just kind of a no-notice thing, an injury, but we just couldn't get her better for today," Wells said of Hettenbaugh. "Your rotation is off just a little bit, and again it's another body (down). It's your starting point guard and we just didn't react well today to it, and that's my fault. That comes back to me, I should have done a better job of getting them ready for that."

For a good portion of the day's opening 10-minute period, the Jayhawks appeared to be doing just fine without the Kennedy native, as Alexis Rodenbaugh was able to get the offense off to a quick start with a finish off a drive before sophomore Emilee Sperry was able to force a turnover and finish that off in transition.

While Jamestown CC continued to find open looks as Olivia Lynn found her way to the rim in the low post shortly before Rodenbaugh found Taylor Phelps on a kick-out for an open 3, the Thunder Wolves' offense looked anemic for much of the first quarter.

 

It was not until Jamestown native Diamond Fedrick hit back-to-back buckets while having a chance at a three-point play that Niagara County CC was finally able to come alive, but the Jayhawks ended the opening period with a 16-11 lead.

With scoring coming in spurts from both teams, it was Niagara County CC that was able to come out firing to start the second with a putback by Fedrick and a three-point play by Shilah Parker, who was bumped on a lay-in. Pulling within two-points at 19-17, Nicole Johnson was able to respond for the Jayhawks with a fast-break bucket, which was followed by a pair of makes at the line for Lynn. Unfortunately the freshman forward picked up her third foul of the game shortly after those two points fell, while the Thunder Wolves were able to build momentum in the final minute of the second quarter to end the period at a 25-25 deadlock.

Entering the third quarter, things started to turn sour for Jamestown CC right off the bat as the Thunder Wolves broke out with eight straight points, buoyed by several buckets in transition.

"He's got a good, talented squad," Wells said of Niagara County CC coach Nate Beutel. "They can dribble drive, they can shoot, they were a little bit cold earlier and we did get a lead there when they were in their little cold spell, but they're athletes. They're athletes and you've gotta do everything right to beat them and today we didn't."

Helping Niagara County CC to its big 41-23 lead were a trio of slick passes from Parker to Neraelyn Trueheart, with the latter catching fire down the stretch on her way to a team-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds and two assists.

The Thunder Wolves also added some clutch outside shooting to their red-hot transition play in the final two periods, including long-range makes from Kendra Lawton and a bucket by Parker following a quick kick-out from Trueheart.

When it comes to playing a team for the fourth time in a season, Wells knows that little swings and momentum can often make the difference, as they did on Saturday.

"You're so evenly matched and just a bounce here and bounce there and then things just happen. It just wasn't our day today. I wish it was but it wasn't,"he said.

NOTES: Parker finished with 16 points and a team-high 13 boards, as well as four assists for the ThunderWolves. … Jamestown native Madison Sullivan had 3 points for the Thunder Wolves. … Sperry's ended up with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Lynn finished with 9 points and Phelps chipped in 7 off the bench. … Jamestown CC shot 16-of-71 from the floor, just 22.5 percent, including 2-of-18 from beyond the arc. … The Thunder Wolves finished with 14 points off turnovers to 6 for the Jayhawks, including 13 second-chance points and 34 points in the paint.

NIAGARA CCC (61)

Trueheart 10-29 2-4 22, Parker 6-16 3-4 16, Lawton 1-8 0-0 3, Fedrick 5-8 2-5 12, Sullivan 1-3 0-0 3, Johnson 1-6 2-2 4, Clark 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 24-73 10-17 61.

JAMESTOWN CC (43)

Sperry 4-19 2-2 11, Burgeson 2-8 0-0 4, Rodenbaugh 3-18 1-2 7, Johnson 2-11 1-3 5, Lynn 3-7 3-4 9, Lancaster 0-0 0-0 0, Hallberg 0-0 0-0 0, Phelps 2-8 2-2 7

Niagara CCC 11 14 19 17 — 61

Jamestown CC 16 9 7 11 — 43

3-point goals-Niagara CCC 3-20 (Trueheart 0-5, Parker 1-7, Lawton 1-5, Sullivan 1-2, Johnson 0-1), Jamestown CC 2-18 (Sperry 1-9, Burgeson 0-2, Rodenbaugh 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Phelps 1-5). Assists-Niagara CCC 9 (Parker 4), Jamestown CC 5 (Rodenbaugh 2). Rebounds-Niagara CCC 51 (Parker 13), Jamestown CC 48 (Sperry 11). Totals Fouls-Niagara CCC 18, Jamestown CC 13.

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