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6-3 Robinson Dominates In Monroe CC Victory

Jamestown CC’s Nicole Johnson tries to score around Monroe CC’s Jaynelle Robinson during NJCAA Region 3 Division II women’s basketball action Thursday evening at the Physical Education Complex.
P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

Jamestown CC’s Nicole Johnson tries to score around Monroe CC’s Jaynelle Robinson during NJCAA Region 3 Division II women’s basketball action Thursday evening at the Physical Education Complex. P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

Monroe Community College went 15-1 through the first semester of its NJCAA Division II women’s basketball season.

It did that without arguably its best player.

Now Jaynelle Robinson is back, and the nation’s top-ranked team may be even better.

Robinson scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Tribunes used a late first-half run to take control in a 92-77 Region 3 victory over Jamestown CC on Thursday evening at the Physical Education Complex.

“She’s probably the best post player in the country in junior college,” Monroe CC coach Tim Parrinello said of Robinson, who missed the first semester due to a shortage in credits. “It’s so important to get the offensive rebounds and putbacks, easy baskets when you aren’t shooting well. It is why we’re tough to beat.”

Jamestown CC’s Emilee Sperry (4) puts up a shot in the lane while teammate Hayden Burgeson looks on during Thursday’s NJCAA Region 3 Division II women’s basketball game against Monroe CC at the Physical Education Complex.
P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

Jamestown CC’s Emilee Sperry (4) puts up a shot in the lane while teammate Hayden Burgeson looks on during Thursday’s NJCAA Region 3 Division II women’s basketball game against Monroe CC at the Physical Education Complex. P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

“You’re going against a pick-your-poison-type team,” said Jamestown CC assistant coach Chris Dole who was filling in for head coach Travis Wells. “They’ve got a 6-3 and our biggest is 5-11, maybe 6-foot. They can just pound it inside.”

The win was the 17th straight for Monroe CC, which improved to 19-1 overall, including 9-0 in the region.

“We look forward to these games, any game that we can get some intensity going,” Parrinello said after the 599th win of his career. “There are occasional games in this region where you don’t.”

Shalix Hines added 17 points, five assists and three steals; Sierra Green had 17 points; and Lanay Rodney had 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists in the win.

Freshman Nicole Johnson had a career-high 27 points while sophomore Emilee Sperry added 25 points, six assists and five rebounds in the loss. Freshman Alexis Rodenbaugh chipped in 13 points and 15 rebounds.

“This is a building block for (Nicole) because now she knows she can play at this level” Dole said. ” … This is probably the most (Nicole) has ever scored.”

The Jayhawks (14-5, 6-3) went toe to toe with the Tribunes for the better part of three quarters, but were done in by a poor 6¢-minute stretch to close the first half.

Jamestown CC freshman point guard Haley Hettenbaugh picked up her third foul with 6:08 remaining in the second quarter, and the Tribunes proceeded to go on a 24-6 run thanks in part to four of the Jayhawks’ 15 first-half turnovers.

“There was a little funk that we got in there when Haley got her third foul,” Dole said. “We dipped at that point and I think that was the big turning point in the game.”

Monroe CC, which has made the second-most 3-pointers in the country by shooting the sixth-best percentage, started the game 0 for 14 from long distance before finally finding its stroke with four 3-pointers during the stretch.

“We have moments like that in almost every game where we look very good,” Parrinello said. “It definitely was because their point guard was out. We got a couple of easy ones during that stretch.”

Jamestown CC, which hung close with the Tribunes throughout their first meeting Dec. 13 in Rochester before losing by 12, made a game of things in the third quarter Thursday. A 13-4 run to open the second half coaxed Parrinello into a timeout with a 15-point lead and 6:25 remaining in the period.

“I thought they battled well. The start of the third period was a sign of things to come,” Dole said. “If they play like that against the rest of the teams we play, they’ll be fine.”

Trailing 71-55, the Jayhawks fought back again at the start of the fourth quarter, cutting their deficit to 11 on a Sperry 3-pointer with 8:22 remaining.

“She is very unselfish and it’s a quiet 25. She’ll just pile up the points,” Dole said of Sperry. ” … Her game has developed to the point where she’s multi-faceted.”

The Tribunes followed with a 6-0 run aided by three more Jamestown CC turnovers and for all intents and purposes put the game away.

“We’ve got a number of different players that can flat out shoot it on any given night. Tonight, none of them were on,” Parrinello said after his team finished 6 of 33 from 3-point range. ” … It was our worst night shooting.”

The Jayhawks held a 42-32 rebounding edge despite playing without freshman Olivia Lynn, who is the team’s leading rebounder and third leading scorer. The Frewsburg graduate suffered a concussion in last Saturday’s loss at Niagara County CC, but should return this Saturday for the Jayhawks’ game at Genesee CC.

“She plays 6-3,” Dole said of Lynn. “If we cut our turnovers down and we had that 12 points and 10 rebounds back into the mix, we’re right back in the game.”

Under a new scheduling format this season, the teams will meet for a third time in the regular-season finale Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Monroe CC.

“I’ll go with an old quote, ‘It’s hard to beat a team a third time,'” Dole said. ” … To go up there knowing that we can play on the floor, because we have … if we scout them well again and prepare well again, we have a shot.”

NOTES: Hettenbaugh had 7 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Jayhawks. … Jamestown CC shot 29 of 68 (42.6 percent) from the field, including 6 of 13 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range, and 13 of 22 (59.1 percent) from the foul line while Monroe CC was 37 of 78 (47.4 percent) overall, including 6 of 33 (18.2 percent) from 3-point range, and 12 of 14 (85.7 percent) from the foul line. … The Tribunes outscored the Jayhawks, 23-1, off the bench. … The game kicked off #StandingTallForCody, an organ-donation awareness campaign spearheaded by Jamestown CC and The Post-Journal to assist sportswriter Cody Crandall, who suffered viral heart failure last August and has been a patient at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester since mid-November.

MONROE CC (92)

Hines 7-12 2-2 17, Brisco 1-3 2-2 5, Cash 0-7 2-2 2, Rodney 6-10 2-2 15, Robinson 15-22 0-2 30, Green 6-18 4-4 17, Henderson 0-1 0-0 0, Abitante 2-5 0-0 6, Sarr 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-78 12-14 92.

JAMESTOWN CC (77)

Sperry 7-15 6-8 25, Burgeson 1-9 2-4 4, Rodenbaugh 6-11 1-2 13, Johnson 13-22 1-2 27, Hettenbaugh 2-7 2-2 7, Lancaster 0-0 0-0 0, Hallberg 0-1 0-0 0, Phelps 0-3 1-4 1. Totals 29-68 13-22 77.

Monroe CC 24 30 17 21 — 92

Jamestown CC 20 10 25 22 — 77

3-point goals–Monroe CC 6-33 (Hines 1-3, Brisco 1-3, Cash 0-7, Rodney 1-3, Green 1-11, Henderson 0-1, Abitante 2-5), Jamestown CC 6-13 (Sperry 5-9, Hettenbaugh 1-3, Phelps 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Monroe CC 32 (Robinson 15), Jamestown CC 42 (Rodenbaugh 15). Assists–Monroe CC 16 (Hines 5), Jamestown CC 20 (Sperry 6). Total Fouls–Monroe CC 18, Jamestown CC 11.

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