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Jamestown's 49-29 home victory against Bruton on Thursday evening came as a surprise to Jamestown Coach Mary Glisan.
That's not to say Glisan did not expect her team to defeat Bruton: she loved how her team matched up against the Panthers. Rather, Glisan was surprised by the margin of victory and dominance her team displayed against one of the best teams in the Bay Rivers District.
Led by Jamiyah Johnson's 22 points and 19 rebounds, as well as Olivia Peterson's lockdown defense on Bruton's Kelsey Sluss, Jamestown dominated on both ends of the court in a statement victory.
Sluss, Bruton's leading scorer who entered Thursday's game averaging just over 12 points per game, was held to just three points while matched up against Peterson.
"Our goal was to shut that scoring down and it worked for us," Glisan said after the game. "We wanted to make someone else pick up the slack for them."
Jamestown and Bruton played a relatively even first quarter as both teams attacked the paint aggressively. The Eagles held an advantage from a physicality and size standpoint, which stood out when both teams were fighting for loose rebounds.
Johnson planted herself in the lane and repeatedly fought off two and sometimes three Bruton defenders for a rebound. The strong rebounding allowed Jamestown to get its offense rolling and into a rhythm.
After outscoring Bruton 12-9 in the first quarter, the Jamestown offense stalled significantly in the second quarter.
The Eagles did not connect on their first field goal until there was 2:48 left in the half when Johnson banked in a shot and drew a foul in the process. Johnson accounted for all of Jamestown's seven points in the second quarter.
On the other end of the court, Bruton's offense also struggled in the second quarter. The Panthers shot just 2-of-12 from the field in the second quarter, but found themselves in striking distance by halftime as they trailed 19-14.
The third quarter proved the difference maker for Jamestown as the Eagles imposed their will on the visiting Panthers.
After allowing a quick bucket to Bruton, the Eagles went on a 15-0 run that spanned nearly six minutes of the quarter. During the run, Johnson scored eight points and Juliette Sim added six of her 10 points.
The run put Jamestown in front by 18 points heading into the final stanza of the game. Midway through the final quarter, both teams began substituting reserve players into the game as both teams acknowledged it was out of reach for Bruton.
Jamestown (5-2) has now won four consecutive games and will head into the winter break on a hot streak. Jamestown will not play until Dec. 29 when the Eagles take on Dinwiddie in a tournament at Hanover.
Bruton (5-2) enters winter break having lost two of its last three games and will have to wait until after the New Year before the Panthers can get back on the court. Bruton will travel to take on Lafayette on Jan. 5.
Bruton: 9 5 6 9 — 29
Jamestown: 12 7 19 11 — 49
Bruton: Calloway 1, Samuel 6, Sluss 3, My. Johnson 10, Ma. Johnson 5, Lucas 2, Ferguson 2
Jamestown: Johnson 22, Boyd 2, Sim 10, Peterson 9, Williams 2, Simmons 4
3-point goals: Bruton 1 (My. Johnson)
Tabb Logs 33 Steals in Drubbing of York
Tabb's defense was relentless Thursday night at home against York, racking up 33 steals en route to a decisive 95-22 victory.
Thursday's game was never in question as the Tigers dominated from the outset. With six Tabb players scoring in double figures, the Tigers were able to build a 40-point halftime lead over the Falcons.
The second half was more of the same as York struggled to keep up with Tabb's physical play on both ends of the court.
Imani McDowell-Jarmon scored a game-high 19 points for Tabb, while Brianna Harper and Kenna Williams each added 17 points.
Madison Van Dyke led York with 10 points.
Tabb (7-1) will face a quick turnaround when the Tigers host Lafayette on Friday, while York (1-5) will host Grafton on Saturday in an attempt to snap a five-game losing skid.
York: 7 3 7 5 — 22
Tabb: 30 20 19 26 — 95
York: Van Dyke 10, North 8, Eckstein 1, Winfree 2, Bennett 1
Tabb: McDowell-Jarmon 19, Clemons 13, Royal 11, Smith 11, Rodgers 3, Williams 17, Macfarlane 2, Dadez 2, Harper 17
3-point goals: York 1 (Van Dyke), Tabb 4 (Clemons, Smith, Rodgers, Harper)
Swann Scores 14 as Grafton Snaps Losing Streak
Coming off a 37-point performance against Lafayette, Grafton's Haley Cunningham drew plenty of defensive attention from Warhill on Thursday night.
With Cunningham targeted on defense, Mikaela Swann picked up the slack and scored a team-high 14 points to lead Grafton to a 43-32 win at home.
While Cunningham attempted to drive the lane, Swann waiting in the paint for offensive rebounds of passes that led to easy scores.
Both teams had a slow first quarter, but Grafton was able to get out of its scoring slump in the second quarter. While the Clippers picked up the scoring pace, Warhill struggled on the offensive end of the court and scored just two points in the second quarter.
Grafton held a 19-9 lead over Warhill at halftime, but saw its lead cut in half in the third quarter as the Lions found their rhythm behind points from Keely Rochard and Olivia Schulz.
The Clippers were able to hang on to the victory in the fourth quarter, hitting 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory and snap a two-game losing streak.
Grafton (3-4) will travel to take on York on Saturday, while Warhill (4-3) has dropped back-to-back games and will try to rebound Jan. 5 on the road against Tabb.
Warhill: 7 2 15 8 — 32
Grafton: 3 16 10 14 — 43
Warhill: Cooke 2, Fannin 2, Rochard 10, Schultz 9, McClure 9
Grafton: Cunningham 13, Tavares 2, Jones 5, Franklin 2, Hare 2, Swann 14, Smith 5
3-point goals: Grafton (Cunningham 2)
Lafayette Downs Poquoson
Lafayette's girls basketball team extended its win streak to three in a row as the Rams defeated Poquoson 45-25 at home Thursday.
The Rams had little trouble getting past the Islanders, who played lackluster throughout the game.
Lafayette (4-3) will face a quick turnaround as the Rams visit Tabb on Friday.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
Lafayette 45, Poquoson 25