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Chautauqua Lake girls lose two games at Tip-Off Tourney

December 17, 2015
Westfield Republican

Jamestown tops Lady Thunderbirds in opening round

JAMESTOWN - Usually when a team isn't scoring, it can stay in a game by playing good defense.

Jamestown's girls took that to heart Friday in the opening round of the United Way Tip-Off Tournament against Chautauqua Lake.

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Westfield’s Sophia DeMarco (14) looks to drive past Randolph’s Peyton Terrette (1) during the title game of the Westfield Winter Classic girls basketball tournament on Saturday, in Westfield.

The Red Raiders, who were stuck on six points for much of the first quarter, used a 14-1 second-quarter run to take a commanding lead en route to downing the Thunderbirds, 42-27.

"I thought in the second quarter our defense changed the game," said Jamestown coach Tim Anderson. "I told the girls, 'We're not always going to be the prettiest team offensively.' We got out in transition a little bit more."

Chautauqua Lake, which won a Class C state championship in 2014 and lost in the state semifinals last year, are now without co-1,000-point scorers Jenna Einink and Ashton Albanesius as well as point guard Courtney Hewes.

"It's different for them, things need to change though," Chautauqua Lake coach Eric Schuster said about his team that features eight juniors. "They were role players last year, all of them. It has to change now."

The difference Friday was the lone senior on the floor, Jamestown's Kate Tucker. The 5-foot-7 guard scored six of the Red Raiders' 10 points in the first quarter and followed with a seven-point second quarter to help the tournament hosts to a 27-13 halftime edge.

The Thunderbirds, who feature 6-foot sophomore Jesse Zenns and 5-11 junior Lakin Gustafson inside, struggled to score due in large part to Jamestown center Alexis Grissom.

"We just couldn't find a lane. We tried to spread them out the best that we could.," Schuster said. "Our bigs have to move and be a little more active down there. We entered the post quite a bit, we just chucked up some shots. In the second quarter we got five shots off. We weren't getting good looks."

The 6-1 Grissom only scored six points, but made her mark on the game with six rebounds and, more importantly, five blocked shots.

Tucker finished the game with 18 points to go along with six rebounds and six steals while freshman Allie Stockwell added eight points for the Red Raiders, who will take on Cardinal O'Hara in the championship game today at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Gustafson led Chautauqua Lake with 10 points to go along with six rebounds. Taylor Phelps had eight rebounds and five steals while Kaitlyn Fardink chipped in six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Zenns also blocked three shots for the Thunderbirds.

East Aurora jumps out to big lead, wins consolation game

East Aurora jumped out to a huge lead at halftime and never looked back as it bounced back from a tough loss at the hands of Cardinal O'Hara on Friday night by downing Chautauqua Lake, 53-23, in the consolation game of the United Way Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday.

Thanks to the offense of Emma Brinker (13 first-half points), Julianna Meisenheimer (12 first-half points) and stifling defense, the Blue Devils held a commanding 36-7 lead after two quarters of play.

"I thought we came out with some really nice intensity after we got smoked last night by Cardinal (O'Hara)," said East Aurora head coach Gary Schutrum. "I thought we came out a little more aggressive on both ends. ... Attacking the basket by our guards, our bigs were moving a little bit better I thought down low, so I was pretty happy with the intensity that we did bring right away."

For the Thunderbirds, who are looking to find ways to score after losing the likes of Jenna Einink, Ashton Albanesius and Courtney Hewes from last year's team, everything Saturday night was simply a struggle on the offensive end of the floor.

"(East Aurora's) pressure," Chautauqua Lake head coach Eric Schuster said when asked his team's offensive struggles. "(East Aurora) is a pretty athletic team, they like to double everything and we just struggled with their pressure."

Despite the lackluster first half, the Thunderbirds showed signs of life over the game's final two quarters.

Katelyn Fardink, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored five of her seven points in the second half, while Taylor Phelps scored all of her five points in the third quarter.

Also, Chautauqua Lake managed to play much better on the defensive end of the floor as well, as they held the blue Devils to just 17 second half points.

"More than anything, the only way you are going to get better is if you play better competition," Schuster said. "We knew that we lost some kids that graduated last year. The big thing is that we have good kids though and kids that are willing to work hard. As long as we improve, that's all that I ask."

For East Aurora, Meisenheimer ended up with 15 points and was named a member of the all-tournament team following the game.

 
 
 

 

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