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Encouraging Debut

Strong First Half Sends Jamestown Past Frontier

Jamestown’s Marley Drake tries to get past Frontier’s Megan Singer during Thursday’s ECIC Division 1 girls basketball game at McElrath Gymnasium. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

The Jamestown girls basketball team cruised to a 47-35 victory over Frontier in an Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 game at McElrath Gymnasium on Thursday night.

The best part for Coach Tim Anderson was that pretty much everyone contributed.

Marley Drake led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points; Kylie O’Brien had 10 points and 11 rebounds; Lauren Tracy collected 9 points and nine rebounds; and Mickia Freeney had 6 points, five rebounds and eight steals.

Added together, it was a nice way for the Red Raiders to kick off their long-awaited season opener, even if there weren’t fans in attendance to watch it.

“I was encouraged,” Anderson said. “This is the first year in a while that we’ve had a solid group of bigs that we can look inside and dominate the glass. Frontier was a small team, but … I was happy with the performance for a first game after that long layoff.”

Jamestown’s Kylie O’Brien goes up strong inside as Frontier’s Hannah Weiss defends during Thursday’s ECIC Division 1 girls basketball game at McElrath Gymnasium. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

Ultimately, the game was decided during a three-minute span covering the first and second quarters when Jamestown scored 13 unanswered points, extending a six-point lead into a 23-6 advantage with 5:02 remaining before halftime.

During that stretch, the Red Raiders connected on 5-of-7 field goal attempts in what was an outstanding shooting performance in the first 16 minutes.

And when O’Brien, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, scored back-to-back layups, the last one at the buzzer to end the first half, Jamestown’s lead had grown to 29-11. The Falcons didn’t get closer than 12 point the rest of the game.

“(O’Brien) is getting better finishing around the rim,” Anderson said. “Last year she was a monster on the boards. Now you can see her athletically snatching those rebounds at the top and in a crowd. I’m really encouraged with what she’s able to bring, and if she can finish on a consistent basis like she was at times tonight, she’s going to be tough.”

Tracy showed plenty of toughness, too, on both ends of the court.

“We have more balance than we’ve been used to with our inside presence,” Anderson said. “Obviously, teams are going to pay all their attention on (Drake). … That means somebody else is going to have open looks and tonight it was from the inside. Lauren Tracy, I thought, was all over the place filling the stat sheet.”

NOTES: Ali Zglinicki led the Falcons with 10 points. …The Red Raiders return to action at noon Saturday when they entertain Lancaster.

FRONTIER (35)

Theisen1 2 4, Lacki 1 1 3, Zglinicki 4 0 10, Pickering 1 0 3, Weiss 1 0 3, Brown 2 0 5, Muka 0 7 7. Totals 10 10 35.

JAMESTOWN (47)

Freeney 3 0 6, Drake 5 0 11, Tracy 3 1 9, O’Brien 4 2 10, Johnson 2 0 4, Canfield 2 1 5, Glover 1 0 2. Totals 20 4 47.

3-point goals– Zglinicki 2, Pickering, Weiss, Brown, Drake, Tracy 2.

Frontier 6 5 12 12 — 35

Jamestown 12 17 11 7 — 47

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