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Hamburg’s Strack Dominates Red Raiders

Hamburg’s Clara Strack shoots a jumper during Tuesday’s ECIC Division 1 girls basketball game against Jamestown at McElrath Gymnasium. P-J photo by Christian Storms

McElrath Gymnasium showcased another record being broken during Tuesday’s Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 girls basketball game between Hamburg and Jamestown.

Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, it was not one of their records.

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Instead it was Clara Strack who set the new single-game scoring record for Hamburg High School. Strack scored 47 points in the Bulldogs 78-54 win over Jamestown, eclipsing the previous record of 45 that was set by Adam Zoeller in 2000.

“She’s very, very talented,” Jamestown head coach Ken Ricker said about Strack. “Western New York knows about her, but I don’t think they really know that she’s that good. She had double digits in every quarter except the second when she had 8. … She’s just consistent.”

Jamestown’s Alyson Canfield is surrounded by a trio of Hamburg defenders during Tuesday’s ECIC Division 1 girls basketball game at McElrath Gymnasium. P-J photo by Christian Storms

From the start of the game it was obvious the Red Raiders would have their hands full with Strack who was a dominant force on both ends of the floor. Jamestown (4-5, 2-5) was able to keep pace with Hamburg (11-2, 8-1) in the first quarter, getting baskets from five different players. However, in the second quarter Hamburg began to pull away, eventually making the separation at halftime 34-24 in the Bulldogs’ favor.

Trailing by 10 at half was a success for the Red Raiders, who had a difficult time in the two teams first meeting in Hamburg. The deficit showed a game that was still in reach even when buckets were hard to come by.

Coming back from halftime, the Red Raiders continued playing their high-tempo play style which was causing fits for the Bulldogs moving up the court. What changed in the second half was the Red Raiders were now converting on those turnovers.

Alyson Canfield came alive for Jamestown in the second half as she drilled six 3-pointers in the final two quarters. Canfield hit three huge 3-pointers on consecutive Red Raiders’ possessions in the fourth quarter to get the score to 61-54.

“We went into the fourth quarter down 14 and next thing you know it was 7,” Ricker said. “Alyson made three straight 3s in the fourth quarter and all of a sudden it’s 7. I thought we did great in the press and it caused some great things. We had three kids in double figures, our goal is five and I think we have five kids who can do it.”

With Jamestown in striking distance the Bulldogs took a timeout and from there made the adjustments to shut down the game. Coming out of the timeout Hamburg went on a 17-0 run to end the game 78-54. Hamburg had its best quarter in the fourth, getting buckets from Strack, Maddy Harrison and Meg Kruszka.

Strack was not the only one to find success for Hamburg as Harrison helped dominate the low post scoring 18 points herself.

“Not only is Strack so good, Harrison is too,” added Ricker. “If Strack wasn’t here Harrison would look like she’s all-world because she’s so good too. It’s a great team, I love coach Steger, she does such a great job.”

Jamestown had three scorers hit double-digits with Canfield paving the way with 22, Kylie O’Brien scored 13 and Marley Drake had 10 points.

HAMBURG (78)

Khuu 1 0 3, Beres 0 0 0, Hoak 2 0 4, Strack 20 5 47, Kruszka 3 0 6, Harrison 7 3 18, Doyle 0 0 0. Totals 33 8 78.

JAMESTOWN (54)

Freeney 1 0 3, Drake 4 0 10, Leeper 0 0 0, Powers 0 1 1, Canfield 8 0 22, O’Brien 3 7 13, Hallberg 1 0 3, Joly 0 0 0, Johnson 1 0 2. Totals 19 8 54.

3-point goals–Khuu, Strack 2, Harrison, Freeney, Drake 2, Canfield 6, Hallberg

Hamburg 20 14 19 25 — 78

Jamestown 16 8 15 15 — 54

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