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Jamiyah Johnson's game-high 23 points was not enough to set a career milestone, but it proved enough to lift the Eagles to a 57-45 win at home against Lafayette on Tuesday.
Johnson entered Tuesday's game 26 points shy of 1,000 career points at Jamestown. She is now three points shy of hitting that mark heading into a home game against Warhill on Thursday.
While Jamestown received a big scoring lift from Johnson, the Eagles also got timely scoring from Juliette Sim and Caroline Boyd.
The first quarter set the tone for the game as Jamestown came out on fire and connected on 8-of-15 shots from the field.
Leading the way for Jamestown was Boyd, who scored all seven of her points in the opening moments. Johnson scored six points in the paint, while Sim splashed a pair of 3-pointers to log six points in the opening quarter.
On the other end of the court, back-to-back strong drives through the lane by Kenya Holiday made up nearly all of Lafayette's first-quarter scoring. Holiday finished the game with a team-high 13 points and logged five of Lafayette's seven points in the first quarter.
In what was a theme throughout the night, Lafayette struggled to connect on open looks and often forced wild shots while attacking the rim. In total, the Rams shot 3-of-19 from the field in the opening quarter.
"For [Lafayette], our defense was all about stopping Kenya and Rachel [Lia]," Jamestown Coach Mary Glisan said. "Rachel and Kenya are going to get their points, but we didn't want them to get 20 points each."
Jamestown's defense stayed stout in the second quarter, as the Eagles prevented Lafayette from attacking the lane. With the Rams struggling on offense, Jamestown was able to stretch its lead to 25-7 to open the second quarter.
Lafayette began to find its rhythm late in the second quarter as the Rams began hitting shots. Lia, who was held scoreless in the first quarter, hit a pair of shots from the field, while Holiday and Destiny Rivera each splashed 3-pointers.
The late surge by Lafayette cut into Jamestown's lead as the Eagles led 33-19 at halftime.
Lafayette rebounded in a big way to start the second half. The Rams put together a 9-0 run to open the third quarter, cutting Jamestown's lead to 33-28 and forcing Glisan to use a timeout.
During the break, Glisan pressed her team and asked how badly the Eagles wanted to win the game. A lack of intensity, she said, would sink Jamestown during what was once a comfortable double-digit lead.
Johnson heeded Glisan's words, proceeding to score six of Jamestown's final eight points of the quarter to slow the bleeding.
With Jamestown sporting a 42-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Eagles managed to keep Lafayette at bay despite 3-of-10 free throw shooting down the stretch because of another rough shooting quarter by the Rams.
Lafayette shot of 3-19 from the field and 5-of-11 from the free throw line during the final eight minutes of play. Lafayette's inability to connect on shots in the final quarter of play prevented the Rams from sparking a comeback and allowed Jamestown to secure a win on its home court.
Jamestown (10-4) will host Warhill on Thursday, while Lafayette (6-7) will try to rebound at home against York on Thursday.
Lafayette: 7 12 15 11 — 45
Jamestown: 19 14 9 15 — 57
Lafayette: Holiday 13, Mooradian 8, Lia 12, R. Blake 4, McKnight 2, Rivera 6
Jamestown: Johnson 23, Boyd 7, Graves 4, Sim 12, Peterson 2, Simmons 6, Williams 2, Weisflog 1
3-point goals: Lafayette 3 (Holiday, Rivera 2), Jamestown 3 (Boyd, Sim 2)
Grafton Scores Huge Upset Over Tabb
Grafton's girls basketball team scored its biggest win of the season Tuesday when the Clippers upset Tabb 53-50 at home.
Pacing Grafton was Haley Cunningham, who missed one game for personal reasons. In her return to action, Cunningham had a masterful performance with 29 points and four 3-pointers.
Grafton flummoxed Tabb's offense on Tuesday with a triangle-and-2 defense, which packs three players around the rim while two guards defend the primary ball handlers along the perimeter.
The Clippers built a five-point lead in the first quarter, but got a scare in the second quarter as Cunningham picked up her third foul of the half.
With Cunningham limited toward the end of the first half, Tabb managed to cut into Grafton's lead slightly. By halftime, the Clippers led 29-25 over the Tigers.
Tabb took advantage of a more conservative Grafton offense in the third quarter as the Tigers tied the game at 39-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Clippers got big fourth-quarter performances from Cunningham and Shaina Franklin, who had 10 points in the game, to edge the Tigers 14-11 over the final eight minutes of play.
Grafton (6-7) will host New Kent on Thurdsay, while Tabb (13-2) will host Bruton that same night.
Tabb: 8 17 14 11 — 50
Grafton: 13 16 10 14 — 53
Tabb: McDowell-Jarmon 12, Clemons 7, Royal 4, Smith 9, Williams 4, Macfarlane 3, Harper 11
Grafton: Cunningham 29, Green 2, Jones 4, Franklin 10, Hare 3, Swann 5
3-point goals: Tabb 1 (Clemons), Grafton 4 (Cunningham)
Bruton Dominates New Kent
Bruton had little trouble getting its 10th win of the season Tuesday evening as the Panthers cruised past New Kent 74-42 at home.
The Panthers dominated the game from the outset as Kelsey Sluss led the way with a game-high 20 points. Gabby Calloway, Naya Samuel and Julecia Ferguson each added 11 points for Bruton.
Bruton jumped out to an 11-point lead in the first quarter and saw that lead balloon in the second quarter as the Panthers outscored the Trojans 27-8.
The Panthers held a commanding 45-15 halftime lead over New Kent.
Despite bringing in more reserve players during the second half, the Panthers kept pulling away from the Trojans as New Kent was simply overmatched the entire contest.
Brtuon (10-3) will face a tough road game on Thursday when the Panthers take on Tabb.
New Kent: 7 8 7 20 — 42
Bruton: 18 27 18 11 — 74
New Kent: Slater 14, Goodlet 9, Yates 6, Davis 2, Glover 5, Gray 6
Bruton: Samuel 11, My. Johnson 6, Dorsey 2, Freeman 3, Calloway 11, Ferguson 11, Wynne 5, Sluss 20, Ma. Johnson 5
3-point goals: New Kent 2 (Slater 2), Bruton (Calloway, Sluss 2)
Warhill Drops Home Contest to Smithfield
Warhill's girls basketball team put up a valiant effort, but fell short of an upset against Smithfield at home on Tuesday during a 50-41 loss.
Thanks to Kieran McClure's 13 points, Warhill managed to remain competitive with Smithfield through the first two quarters of play.
The Lions stuck within striking distance of the Packers, trailing 26-19 at halftime.
Jewel Walters scored six points in the third quarter to help propel Warhill to a 12-6 advantage over Smithfield in the quarter. Heading into the fourth quarter, Smithfield's lead sat at 32-31.
However, seven fourth-quarter points by Smithfield's Shekra Tucker helped Smithfield pull away from the Lions down the stretch and hang on for the win.
Warhill (5-7) will try to rebound with a road game against Jamestown on Thursday.
Smithfield: 12 14 6 18 — 50
Warhill: 8 11 12 10 — 41
Smithfield: Atkinson 25, Darker 7, Jordan 3, Tucker 7, Allmond 8
Warhill: Cooke 6, Walters 8, Fannin 5, McCulloch 3, Schulz 6, McClure 13
3-point goals: Smithfield 3 (Parker, Tucker, Allmond), Warhill 4 (McCulloch, McClure 3)
York Comes Up Short Against Poquoson
York struggled to contain Poquoson during a 50-39 loss at home on Tuesday.
The Falcons had trouble slowing down Poquoson's leading scorer Sondra Fan, who logged 20 points for the Islanders.
York (2-10) will try to rebound on the road against Lafayette on Thursday.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
Poquoson 50, York 39