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Thunderwolves Pull Away From Jamestown CC

Jamestown Community College’s Gabby Iuculano has her shot blocked by a Niagara County CC defender during Wednesday’s NJCAA Region 3 Division II women’s basketball game at the Physical Education Complex. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

The comment wasn’t aimed at any one person, but Niagara County Community College women’s basketball coach Nate Beutel wanted to get his point across.

So with his 11th-ranked team leading Jamestown CC by six points with a little more than two minutes remaining in the first quarter of Wednesday’s NJCAA Region 3 Division II game at the Physical Education Complex, he uttered five words that everyone in the gym could hear.

“They’re taking our lunch money,” he yelled.

From that point on, the Thunderwolves took another victory to the bank.

Cierra Harrison scored 22 points, Alaina Forbes and Nickelle O’Neil had 16 and 14, respectively, Paige Emborsky chipped in with 10, and Aubrey Halloran collected 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead Niagara County CC to a 92-52 victory over the Jayhawks.

Seen in this file photo from earlier this season, Travis Wells announced earlier this week that he is resigning as the women’s basketball coach at Jamestown Community College. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

The win improved the Thunderwolves’ record to 25-1 overall and 6-0 in Region 3 Division II, while Jamestown CC, which was guilty of 30 turnovers and was dominated on the boards, fell to 9-13 and 2-4.

“They’ve got everything,” Jayhawks head coach Travis Wells said. “They’ve got shooters, post (players), speed and they’re super athletic. Everybody can play.”

Kayla Hohl led the Jayhawks with 13 points and Courtney Hemminger came off the bench to add 11, but the team’s offensive struggles in the second and fourth quarters proved to be its undoing. After trailing 14-8 with 2:11 remaining in the first quarter, which prompted Beutel’s admonition, Niagara County CC limited the hosts to just 10 points the rest of the first half. By the break, the Thunderwolves led, 36-18.

“We played them hard,” Wells said. “You hold them to 36 in a half, I’ll take that game. We just have to limit the easy transition points. That’s where we lose it there.”

Jamestown CC, aided by three 3-pointers by Hohl in less than two minutes, played the visitors evenly in the third quarter and trailed, 61-41, heading into the final period. In the fourth quarter, however, Niagara County CC shot 12 of 19 from the floor compared to only 4 of 19 for the Jayhawks to win going away.

“We just didn’t get enough stops,” Wells said.

Jamestown CC returns to action Saturday when it travels to Mercyhurst North East. Opening tip is 1 p.m.

NIAGARA COUNTY CC (92)

Harrison 7-13 7-8 22, Emborsky 3-12 2-2 10, Halloran 4-14 0-0 8, Mahony 3-4 0-0 6, O’Neill 6-10 2-3 14, Forbes 5-13 5-6 16, Lachowski 1-10-0 1, Lockwood 1-3 0-0 2, Doty 0-0 0-0 0, Newton 0-0 0-0 0, Snook 2-2 0-0 5, Park 2-2 0-0 4, Conyers 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-76 16-19 52.

JAMESTOWN CC (52)

Hohl 5-10 0-0 13, Iuculano 3-11 1-2 7, Schuppenhauer 1-7 2-4 4, Jimerson 2-8 1-2 6, Zenns 1-2 2-2 5, Lisciandro 1-9 2-2 5, Bursch 0-0 0-0 0, Fardink 0-1 0-0 0, Lundmark 2-4 0-0 4, Hemminger 5-10 0-0 11. Totals 5-10 6-10 52.

Niagara County CC 18 18 25 31 — 92

Jamestown CC 12 6 23 11 — 52

3-point goals–Niagara County CC 6-24 (Harrison 1-6, Emborsky 2-6, Halloran 0-2, Mahony 0-1, O’Neil 0-1, Forbes 1-5, Lachowski 1-1, Lockwood 0-1, Snook 1-1), Jamestown CC 6-17 (Hohl 3-6, Jimerson 1-4, Lisciandro 1-4, Lundmark 0-1, Hemminger 1-2). Rebounds–Niagara County CC 52 (Halloran 11), Jamestown CC 34 (Hemminger 6). Assists–Niagara County CC 20 (O’Neill 5), Jamestown CC 12 (Iuculano 5). Total fouls–Niagara County CC 9, Jamestown CC 14. Technical fouls–Niagara County CC.

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