T’Birds, Woodis beat Jamestown

Photo by Matt Spielman Pictured above is Chautauqua Lake’s Sophia Woodis.

Despite leading by seven at halftime, Chautauqua Lake didn’t play its best basketball in the opening 16 minutes Tuesday evening.

But the Thunderbirds turned it on after the break.

Chautauqua Lake used a 15-2 run in the third quarter to pull away from Jamestown en route to a 54-42 non-league girls basketball win at McElrath Gymnasium.

“I knew we were coming in as an inexperienced team. (Seniors) Olivia Gates, Macey Lundmark and Allie Stockwell are really the only girls with varsity experience on our entire roster,” Jamestown coach Tim Anderson said. ” … When you have an entire roster of girls who are playing their first game out there on a varsity court, we knew there would be some challenges.”

Freshman Lily Woodis had eight of her team-high 16 points coming out of the locker room as the Thunderbirds opened up a 20-point lead with 1:38 left in the third quarter.

“Lily is my most versatile player. She can go inside or outside. She is definitely taking more of a role inside this year just because we lost Jesse (Zenns) and Ally (Krebs) last year,” Chautauqua Lake coach Bill Persons said. “It’s kind of a niche that fits her well though. She’s pretty quick working inside. She’s got good coordination and she reads the floor very well down there.”

The Red Raiders (0-1) closed the gap to as little as 10 with five minutes left in the fourth quarter, but by that point it was too little too late.

“We can’t dig ourselves that deep of a hole. We don’t have the offensive firepower to give up 20-point quarters,” Anderson said. ” … The defensive end is what we need to be better at. We had some missed rotations and just gave up a few too many open looks.”

Lundmark led Jamestown with 18 points and three assists to go along with five rebounds. Junior Madison Karash came off the bench to provide 10 points and three rebounds for the Red Raiders while Stockwell chipped in 8 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

“Madison came off the bench and was ready. She took advantage of her opportunity and was strong in the post,” Anderson said. ” … She did a really nice job of being aggressive, turning in the post and taking advantage of their size.”

The teams struggled through an opening half that saw the Thunderbirds lead 22-15 after the teams combined for just 12 points in the second quarter.

“We talked before the game that they were a little bit of a smaller team and we were going to have to take advantage of finishing down low,” Anderson said. “Early in the game we weren’t doing that and it took us a little too long to get going.”

Jamestown committed six of its 14 turnovers in the opening quarter as Chautauqua Lake built a 16-9 lead, but the Thunderbirds were unable to pull away due to 13 first-half turnovers.

Senior Abbie Henry had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals while freshman Alexis Jacobson chipped in 11 assists and four rebounds in the victory.

“The girls did a nice defensive job all night for us. I’ve got a great group of girls this year,” Persons said. “We are a little thin in terms of numbers, but all eight of them can step up, come off the bench and play for me.

“Lex is really our motor. We run a lot of things through her and she controls the tempo. She’s just a very smart player,” Persons added. “For her to be a freshman, I’m really happy to have her. It’s going to be a good thing going forward.”

NOTES: Senior Katelyn Fardink had nine points and seven rebounds for the Thunderbirds. … Jamestown shot 15 of 59 from the field, including 5 of 25 from 3-point range while Chautauqua Lake shot 22 of 54, including 3 of 22 from 3-point range. … Chautauqua Lake won the jayvee contest, 50-28, behind 20 points from Kira Erickson, 12 from Hannah Weise and ten from Megan Fischer. Jill Kindberg and Darien Butts each had eight for Jamestown.