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Wednesday evening will be remembered as one that got away for Jamestown Community College head coach Travis Wells.
Leading by 17 early in the second half, the Jayhawks faltered down the stretch and lost, 71-69, to Genesee CC in NJCAA Region 3 Division II action at Jamestown CC's Physical Education Complex.
The outcome spoiled a career night for Jayhawks sophomore Olivia Lynn. The Frewsburg graduate recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists, but wasn't around to affect the ending, fouling out with 1:51 remaining and Jamestown CC clinging to a two-point lead.
"Wow," Wells said when alerted to Lynn's line. "She works hard. It's her determination. She has that inner drive. Come game time she can turn it on. God bless her tonight. That's something that doesn't happen too often."
With 49 seconds left, Jayhawks sophomore Haley Hettenbaugh missed a runner in the lane and on the Cougars' next trip down the floor, Tylasia Weaver hit a 3-pointer from the corner that gave her team its first lead of the night with 38.9 seconds left.
"That's a great shot. Tylasia actually usually likes to shoot for us," Genesee CC coach Christie McGee-Ross said. "Today she struggled a little bit. … I told her to keep pushing forward and she came through with that 3."
The Jayhawks turned the ball over for their 27th time during their next trip down the floor before Genesee CC's Grace McComb gave her team a three-point lead with a pair of free throws with 18.6 seconds remaining.
"It's stuff they see that might be open for a second," Wells said of the turnovers. "Maybe at high school you get away with it, but at the next level you don't get away with it."
Jamestown CC's Nicole Johnson scored and was fouled off an inbounds play with 13.7 seconds remaining, but missed a free throw that would've tied the game. Katelyn Bennett grabbed the offensive rebound for the Jayhawks, who called a timeout with 9.8 seconds left. The sideline inbounds play went to sophomore Alexis Rodenbaugh, who missed a shot in the paint that would've given the hosts the lead.
"I said 'You don't need to foul because they are chasing you right now. If we continue to play the defense that we've been playing to get where we're at right now … let's see what happens,'" McGee-Ross told her team. "'If it's overtime, it's overtime. If you continue to play defense like we've been playing you'll be fine.'"
After Weaver grabbed the rebound and was fouled, she made one free throw that left Jamestown CC with another chance to tie or win the game with 4.4 seconds left. Rodenbaugh again caught the sideline inbounds pass, drove through the middle of the lane and missed a sweeping runner before Johnson's last-second tip attempt fell short.
"That one was pretty hard after the start that we had," Wells said. "We were playing well. That was a tough one."
McComb finished with 19 points and six steals while Weaver had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for the Cougars. Chevaneese Millington chipped in 12 points off the bench.
"I put a couple of people in that normally don't get a lot of palying time for a different look and they pulled it out for us," McGee-Ross said. "Jordon Wright came in a played great defense, Chevaneese played great defense. They stepped up for us."
Johnson and Rodenbaugh both followed Lynn with 14 points and five assists apiece while Bennett made her first start in place of a sick Taylor Phelps and finished with 9 points, five rebounds and three assists.
"We talk about making that extra pass with our posts. We knew our advantage was in the post," Wells said. "We had them looking for each other. (Lynn) is really finding people."
Jamestown CC played one of its best quarters of the year in the opening 10 minutes, shooting 12 for 15 from the floor while turning the ball over just four times en route to a 27-18 lead.
Rodenbaugh converted a pair of three-point plays in the second quarter, but Jordon Wright banked in a 3-pointer for Genesee CC near the end of the second quarter to leave the Jayhawks with a 42-31 halftime advantage.
Lynn scored on a putback to push the lead up to 17, before the Cougars began to chip away as LisBeth Pineda Polanco converted a three-point play with 2:27 remaining to make it 55-42.
In the fourth, Weaver hit a 3-pointer to make it 58-52 and Pineda Polanco eventually banked in a 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining on the shot clock to again cut the Genesee CC deficit to six. Wright later made a 3-pointer to make it 67-62 and Millington followed with a bucket to make it a three-point game before she hit a free throw after Lynn's disqualifying foul.
"For some reason it wasn't our night," Wells said. "It just didn't happen. Why? I don't know, but we have to play for that weekend in March."
The Jayhawks (15-6, 1-3) will look to end a three-game losing skid Saturday at Mercyhurst North East while Genesee CC (15-7, 3-2) will host Erie CC that same afternoon.
"No one is head and shoulders above anyone anymore in this league," McGee-Ross said. "On any given night you can lose to a team if you don't come prepared to play."
NOTES: Jamestown CC was 29 of 52 (55.8 percent) from the floor, including 3 of 9 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range, while Genesee CC was 25 of 69 (36.2 percent) from the floor and 6 of 22 (27.3 percent) from 3-point range. … The Jayhawks held a 38-35 advantage in rebounding, but allowed 20 offensive rebounds.
GENESEE CC (71)
Weaver 4-11 2-4 12, Meyer 2-7 0-0 4, Buck 2-4 0-0 5, Burgess 0-5 0-0 0, McComb 6-17 6-7 19, Millington 4-8 4-11 12, Wright 4-6 0-0 9, Pineda Polanco 2-6 1-1 6, Curletta 1-2 0-0 2, Ishiguro 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 25-69 15-25 71.
JAMESTOWN CC (69)
Hettenbaugh 1-6 2-2 5, Rodenbaugh 6-11 2-2 14, Bennett 3-5 1-2 9, Johnson 7-11 0-3 14, Lynn 9-15 2-4 20, Boardman 0-1 0-0 0, Zenns 3-3 1-2 7. Totals 29-52 8-15 69.
Genesee CC 18 13 16 24 — 71
Jamestown CC 27 15 16 11 — 69
3-point goals–Genesee CC 6-22 (Weaver 2-7, Buck 1-1, McComb 1-5, Millington 0-1, Wright 1-1, Pineda Polanco 1-4, Curletta 0-1, Ishiguro 0-2), Jamestown CC 3-9 (Hettenbaugh 1-4, Rodenbaugh 0-1, Bennett 2-4). Total rebounds–Genesee CC 35 (Weaver 10), Jamestown CC 38 (Lynn 19). Assists–Genesee CC 13 (Burgess 4), Jamestown CC 26 (Lynn 10). Total fouls–Genesee CC 17, Jamestown CC 22. Fouled out–Burgess, Lynn.