Tonawanda News —
"I thought we did a good job against their pressure in the first half," said Jamestown coach Tim Anderson. "We got layups off it if we ran and did the right things. We just started forcing the issue and dribbling side to side instead of attacking their defense (in the second half)."
Jamestown leading scorer Chrisanna Green (21.6 points per game) dominated in the first half for the Red Raiders, scoring 14 of her game-high 18 points. She demonstrated her ball handling, rebounding ability and scoring touch to keep O'Hara off balance.
But the second half was a different story.
O'Hara senior Keyonte Edwards did an excellent job frustrating Green after halftime, and the Lady Hawks used their quickness to make every Red Raider that touched the ball in the half court have to work to find a teammate or find dribble room.
The Lady Hawks seemed ready to pull ahead in the third quarter when they started the period on an 11-3 run, but the Red Raiders hung tough. Jamestown guard Anne Campion hit two of her four 3-pointers in the final minute of the third quarter to tie the game heading into the fourth.
With the game in the balance and both teams looking for someone to step up, O'Hara's Aisha Shabazz accepted the challenge. She scored five straight points to lead O'Hara on a 8-2 run to all but clinch the game.
The Lady Hawks finished the game on a 15-2 run.
"We had been encouraging everybody on the bench throughout the game to step up," McDermott said. "We felt like we weren't playing our best and Aisha took it to heart. I'm very happy with what she gave us this game. With people like Keyonte, Kelsey (McCarthy) and Jailyn (Dickson), many times Aisha gets overlooked. Tonight she did what we needed her to do and I couldn't be happier for her."