Kaitlyn Bennett did most of the figurative “heavy lifting” for three quarters of Jamestown’s Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 basketball game Monday night.
Then she got a big assist from her friends in the final period, and the Lady Red Raiders went on to down Lancaster, 44-35, at McElrath Gymnasium.
The win improved Jamestown’s record to 9-9 overall and 6-4 in the division, while the Legends fell to 12-4 and and 4-3.
It was just the kind of effort Coach Tim Anderson was looking for.
Bennett drilled six 3-pointers, finished with 20 points, including 17 in the first three quarters, and then teammates Allie Stockwell and Morgan Brightman came up big down the stretch.
Stockwell drilled a pair of 3-pointers and converted a free throw in the final eight minutes while Brightman converted a traditional three-point play and nailed both of her free throws to highlight a 15-7 run that put the game away. For good measure, Bennett drilled her sixth trey of the night, giving her an even 20 points, two shy of her season high.
Lancaster led 12-8 after the first quarter and 19-17 at the break, but it played for most of the first half without Molly Mahoney, who was whistled for her second foul midway through the first quarter. Meanwhile, Bennett nailed shots from beyond the arc on her way to 11 points to keep the Lady Red Raiders close.
The Legends led by as many as four points in the third quarter, but Bennett’s two treys in the final two minutes gave Jamestown a 29-28 lead heading into the final period.
NOTES: Bennett shot 6 of 12 from distance and grabbed eight rebounds; Macey Lundmark had a fine floor game with eight rebounds, five assists and five steals; Brightman finished with 12 points and hauled down nine boards; and Stockwell added 9 points, 7 in the fourth quarter. … Mahoney and Hannah Kirisits led Lancaster with 9 points apiece.