Panama Pulls Away
Panthers Take Control In Final Three Quarters
The opening quarter of play at the United Way Showcase between host Jamestown and visiting Panama bode well for the Red Raiders, who looked to avenge an earlier 61-38 loss to the Panthers on Saturday night inside McElrath Gymnasium.
The next three periods told a different story, however, as Jamestown (1-2) could not maintain its offense while Natalie Angeletti and Kylie Schnars combined for 35 points to lead Panama (5-0) to a 47-31 win.
Despite ending the opening period just one point behind the visitors, the Red Raiders went on to score just four points in each of the second and third quarters while rebounding slightly for eight in the fourth.
“They’re a good team, they play hard all the time and they’re ready to go and we had another one of those lapses in the third quarter, same as the first game, that killed us,” Jamestown coach Tim Anderson said. “We watched film on them twice after we played them and I thought we were ready to make the adjustments. They hurt us down low more than they did in the last game and maybe we didn’t help as much because we were concerned with some shooters so, they hurt us a little more down low and that opened up, especially in the third quarter, opened them up for some open looks as well.”
From the get-go it was clear that Class D Panama was looking to make it 2-0 on the season against its Class AA opponent as coach Jeff Angeletti broke out a full-court press from the very first possession.
The high tempo on defense was matched on the other side of the ball, as Natalie Angeletti began her night with a slick pass to Schnars for the easy finish, which was followed by another brilliant feed from Karianne Yuchnitz to the sophomore forward to make it 6-2 in the blink of an eye.
Despite the strong post play and passing of the Panthers, during the early going it looked as though Jamestown would be able to counter with strong outside shooting as Morgan Brightman responded with a baseline jumper before Kaitlyn Bennett buried back-to-back 3s to give the hosts a lead at 12-10.
“They have some great 3-point shooters, they take it to the hole well, so we scouted that out and got to watch some film on it,” Panama coach Jeff Angeletti said, “but it’s always good to come in, especially with a larger program, we’re the little school kind of getting a bad wrap on that, and be able to take care of business.”
Olivia Gates was also able to get in on the outside shooting for Jamestown as she finished off an open look from beyond the line to pull the hosts within a point before end of the first period, but Panama remained undeterred and happy to rely on its strong post-play and rebounding the rest of the way.
Lauren Barmore started things off in the second with a bank-shot down low before Natalie Angeletti turned to her power game in the paint, earning fouls on hard drives and making four consecutive free throws to extend the lead to 24-16.
The 6-foot sophomore would go on to end her night with 18 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, an assist and a blocked shot in another all-around performance.
While the Panthers have enjoyed another hot start to their season as they look to return to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D Final Four for the fourth year in a row, Angeletti knows that his team still has work to do.
“We have to do a much better job of taking care of the ball. I think we had seven turnovers going into the half, and a lot of that was Jamestown’s creation there but we have to take care of the ball a little bit better, and fouls,” Angeletti said. “We just do those little tic-tack hand fouls and you can’t be putting teams to the line with four minutes left to go. Our goals are to get 40 or 50 rebounds a game and I think that’s what we got. We attacked the boards really well.”
Schnars once again set to work with back-to-back banks down low to begin the second half, while Macey Lundmark did her best to counter with a lay-in to pull the Red Raiders out of an offensive slump.
Saturday just seemed to have everything heading in the favor of Panama, as Abi Lisciandro pulled up for a forced 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer and buried it to make it 38-21.
More work down low for the Lady Panthers and a dearth of offense for Jamestown in the final minutes sealed the second win of the year for the visitors.
NOTES: Schnars would finish right behind Most Valuable Player Natalie Angeletti with 17 points, 11 boards and a blocked shot while Alexis Marsh picked up three blocked shots. … Brightman and Hannah Frederick would each finish with four boards while Lundmark grabbed two steals in defeat. … Bennett was Jamestown’s MVP.
Lisciandro 2 0 5, Barmore 2 0 4, NAngeletti 6 6 18, Marsh 1 1 3, Schnars 8 1 17, Yuchnitz 0 0 0, AAngeletti 0 0 0, Johnson 0 0 0. Totals 19 8 47.
Gates 1 0 3, Lundmark 1 4 6, Starkweather 0 2 2, Frederick 1 0 2, Bennett 3 0 9, Brightman 2 2 6, Evan 2 1 3. Totals 10 9 31.
3-point goals–Bennett 3, Lisciandro, Gates
Panama 16 9 15 7 — 47
Jamestown 15 4 4 8 — 31