Jamestown’s Defense Stifles Lancaster

Jamestown’s Kira Ricker drives to the basket while being guarded by Lancaster’s Alissa Backert during Thursday’s ECIC Division 1 basketball game. P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

The Jamestown girls basketball team still has to work out some kinks at the offensive end of the floor, but its defense appears to be rounding into shape.

The Lady Red Raiders limited Lancaster to just six points in the second half Thursday night and pulled away for a 37-25 victory in their Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 opener at McElrath Gymnasium.

Senior Allie Stockwell led Jamestown (1-1) with 12 points and senior Macey Lundmark added five points, five assists and three steals, but it was the play of Kira Ricker that was a pleasant surprise.

The eighth-grader came off the bench and scored 11 points — she shot 3 of 6 from the field and made all four of her free throws — to go along with three assists.

“We talk to any of our girls coming off the bench to stay ready,” Jamestown coach Tim Anderson said. “Her offensive skills have progressed much more than you would expect of an eighth grader. … I was proud of her effort.”

Jamestown’s Macy Lundmark puts up a jump shot during Thursday’s Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 basketball game against Lancaster at McElrath Gymnasium. P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

He was also proud of the defense.

“Our offense didn’t look great at times — the effort was there the entire game, we just forced the issue on our passes — but on the defensive end we’re not going to lose a game when we give up six points in a half,” he said. “I was proud of that. It was much better than it was the first game.”

Jamestown led, 13-9, after the first quarter and 20-19 at intermission, but the Legends managed only a free throw in the third quarter and didn’t get their first field goal of the second half until Haley Kirisits’ putback with 4:18 remaining in the game. The bucket brought Lancaster to within, 29-22, but Gioconda Calamunci converted a layup, Ricker scored on a strong drive to the hoop and Stockwell scored on a runner, pushing the Lady Red Raiders’ lead to 35-22 with under two minutes left.

Given Lancaster’s offensive struggles — it shot 9 of 51 from the floor and committed 20 turnovers — Jamestown cruised the rest of the way.

NOTES: Jamestown didn’t shoot well either, connecting on 13 of 50 attempts, and was guilty of 21 turnovers, but the defense made up for those shortcomings. … Kirisits led Lancaster with 10 points.