Ever So Close
Lady Raiders Can’t Hold Lead, Fall To Unbeaten OP
A big 19-point third quarter was enough to give the Jamestown girls basketball team a lead inside McElrath Gymnasium on Friday evening, but not enough to hand Orchard Park its first loss of the season as the Quakers remained unbeaten at 12-0 overall and 4-0 in Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division I action by holding on for a 52-47 victory.
The Red Raiders (5-7, 2-3) looked poised to shake up the ECIC standings as Allie Stockwell led the charge, scoring 14 of her 20 points in the third period. The junior also had seven rebounds and five steals.
“She’s improved as the year has gone on. It’s tough for her because she misses the first two weeks of practice being a state qualifier in swimming,” Jamestown coach Tim Anderson said of Stockwell. “She kind of is really finding the groove now when she is aggressive and running in transition and finishing. She’s a good knock-down shooter. She really spearheaded that run, and defensively we did a lot of good things when we started to change our defenses from possession to possession and I thought we took control of the game. Just down the stretch we turned the ball over in some spots where they weren’t really pressuring us. We just made some mistakes.”
After Jamestown was able to fight its way to a lead at 45-40, the Quakers were able to fight back with an inside bucket from Samantha Fischer before Danielle Hore was able to pick up back-to-back buckets to put the Quakers in front at 47-45.
From there Katelyn Bennett was able to draw a foul on her way to the rim for Jamestown, where the senior guard was able to bury both shots, but on the ensuing possession the Red Raiders attempted a long pass that missed the mark and gave Orchard Park a shot to take the lead.
The Quakers did so after drawing fouls on inside shots, and by that point in the night there was not enough time on the clock for Jamestown to mount another comeback.
“We’ve been able to play with anybody in the league, and the conversation really was, we don’t want to just say we can play with teams, we want to actually come out with wins in these games,” said Anderson. “We’ve had close games with all the best teams in the league and we know we’re capable of it, it’s just executing down the stretch of the game and not succumbing to the momentum of another team’s run down the stretch there. I thought we did a lot of great things tonight and we played well against an undefeated team who has some skilled players. We just kind of have to close out the game and finish it out.”
After a back-and-forth start to the night, Jamestown was able to take a lead at 11-10 when Stockwell out-waited a defender for a patient finish down low, while Macey Lundmark chipped in four of her nine points in the opening quarter.
Taylor Evan led the way for the Red Raiders down low with nine rebounds to go along with her nine points, six of which carried Jamestown through the second quarter.
Hore finished with 21 points for the Quakers, while Fischer added 20 in the victory.
Bennett grabbed seven rebounds while Olivia Gates dished out three assists for the Lady Red Raiders.
Jamestown will host West Seneca West on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
ORCHARD PARK (52)
Flannery 1 0 3, Hore 6 8 21, Fischer 7 6 20, Henrich 0 1 1, Stevenson 0 0 0, Probst 2 3 7. Totals 16 18 52
Gates 0 0 0, Lundmark 4 0 9, Stockwell 8 2 20, Evan 3 3 9, Bennett 1 2 4, Frederick 0 0 0, Brightman 1 3 5. Totals 17 10 47.
3-point goals–Flannery, Hore, Stockwell 2, Lundmark.
Orchard Park 12 14 9 17–52
Jamestown 11 9 19 8 –47
Jayvees: Orchard Park 47, Jamestown 46.