Spreading It Out
Rodenbaugh, Sperry Combine For 46 In JCC’s 18-Point Win
Last season, Emilee Sperry led Jamestown Community College in scoring at 14.2 points per game, but only one other teammate averaged in double figures and the Jayhawks struggled to a 7-19 season.
Restocked with a strong freshmen class, the hope was that Jamestown CC could receive scoring from all over the court this year.
Early on, the Jayhawks are coming through.
The latest example was an 82-64 NJCAA Region 3 Division II win over Genesee CC on Wednesday evening at the Physical Education Complex.
Sperry (Panama/Panama) led the Jayhawks with a season-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, to go along with three assists, three rebounds and two steals.
“That’s good for Emilee to do that every once in a while. She comes in and gets it going when she needs to. Tonight we needed her a little bit and she stepped up,” Jamestown CC coach Travis Wells said. “She can shoot from anywhere. If it’s a 3, great, if it’s a 2, wonderful. She’s a good shooter so she has free rein.”
Alexis Rodenbaugh (North East, Pa./North East) added 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Jayhawks.
“She was so active tonight,” Wells said. “I just love watching her on defense, rebounding and trying to be sneaky to get steals.”
Olivia Lynn (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) had 11 points, 16 rebounds, six steals and two assists while Nicole Johnson (Panama/Panama) chipped in 10 points.
“They are a talented group and they’ve just got it,” Wells said. “They love the game.”
Through 10 games this fall, Jamestown CC is 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the region, averaging 76.6 points per game. More impressively, the Jayhawks are assisting on 19.2 of their 28.6 made field goals each night.
The hosts started quickly again Wednesday as assists on four of their first seven field goals gave them an early 17-4 lead before closing the opening quarter with a 26-13 advantage.
The Jayhawks’ fast early pace slowed from there, but they were never really tested by the Cougars as they pushed their lead to 44-26 at halftime and 63-38 after three quarters.
“It just felt weird. It’s like we were a step slow on offense and defense,” Wells said of the middle two quarters. “We just didn’t have that zip.”
Jamestown CC shot 43.7 percent from the field, something it will look to improve upon as it enters this weekend’s Jayhawk Classic at the Physical Education Complex. The University of Pitt-Titusville will take on Villa Maria at noon Saturday with the Jayhawks to take on Westmoreland County CC at 4 p.m. that same day. The consolation and championship games will be Sunday.
Wells hopes the weekend gets his team ready for an important showdown at Monroe CC next Wednesday evening to close the Jayhawks’ first turn through Region 3 play. The Tribunes (14-1) have won 12 straight games and improved to 4-0 in region play Wednesday night with a 102-53 win over Erie CC.
“We need to keep getting better and improving,” Wells said. “We need to get better on the boards and get better stopping dribble-drive.”
Genesee CC’s size gave the Jayhawks fits as they outrebounded the hosts, 46-36, including 17 rebounds on the offensive end of the floor. Estella Anderson (Buffalo/East) grabbed 15 rebounds to go along with 8 points while Titilopemi Olusola (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) had 12 points and nine rebounds. Jasmine Holmes (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) added seven rebounds while Rosalyn Sealey (Oakland Park, Fla./Boyd Anderson) led the Cougars with 23 points.
Genesee CC also unofficially blocked 10 shots. while altering several other attempts by the Jayhawks.
“This is the biggest team we’ve seen. It bothered us a little bit on shots. You could tell they were making us just a little bit uncomfortable,” Wells said. “We needed to pull up short, make the extra pass or make a shot fake. That’s the first time we tried to play with the height and we couldn’t.”
Jamestown CC will have to be better inside next week as Monroe CC features sophomore forward Lanay Rodney, who is averaging 22.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
NOTES: Jamestown CC was 31 of 71 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range, and 17 of 25 from the foul line. … Genesee CC was 23 of 65 from the field, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range, and 13 of 27 from the foul line. … Sperry’s 26 points were one off a career high set last year against Pitt-Titusville. … Genesee CC turned the ball over 27 times.
GENESEE CC (64)
Millington 3-11 2-4 8, Holmes 2-4 0-4 4, Anderson 2-9 4-8 8, Sealey 7-14 4-5 18, Murota 3-12 2-2 11, Chudy 0-2 0-0 0, Olusola 5-7 0-2 12, Meyer 0-0 0-0 0, Burgess 0-2 0-0 0, Perl 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 23-65 13-27 64.
JAMESTOWN CC (82)
Sperry 10-18 4-4 26, Rodenbaugh 9-13 1-2 20, Johnson 4-9 2-2 10, Lynn 4-17 3-8 11, Hettenbaugh 1-1 3-3 5, Lancaster 0-0 0-0 0, Burgeson 3-6 2-2 8, Hallberg 0-1 0-0 0, Phelps 0-4 2-4 2, Gustafson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-71 17-25 82.
Genesee CC 13 13 12 26 — 64
Jamestown CC 26 18 19 19 — 82
3-point goals–Genesee CC 5-12 (Sealey 0-1, Murota 3-8, Olusola 2-2, Burgess 0-1), Jamestown CC 3-8 (Sperry 2-5, Rodenbaugh 1-1, Burgeson 0-2). Rebounds–Genesee CC 46 (Anderson 15), Jamestown CC 36 (Lynn 16). Assists–Genesee CC 9 (Sealey 4), Jamestown CC 15 (Sperry 3, Rodenbaugh 3, Hettenbaugh 3, Burgeson 3). Total fouls–Genesee CC 17, Jamestown CC 23. Fouled out–Sealey.