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Hicks has huge game for JCC women

OBSERVER Photo by Scott Kindberg Jamestown Community College’s Kymi Nance shoots over a Butler County CC defender during Wednesday’s NJCAA game in Jamestown.

JAMESTOWN — After a stoppage in play with a little more than a minute remaining in Wednesday’s NJCAA women’s basketball game, there was some momentary confusion which five Jamestown Community College players were supposed to be on the court.

When Hannah Hicks realized she had been subbed for, she smiled sheepishly and headed toward the Jayhawks’ bench.

“I can’t play with six,” head coach Dave Turnbull told her as she walked by.

It only seemed that way.

Hicks, the 6-foot forward from Cleveland, poured in 24 points; grabbed 30 rebounds, including 17 on the offensive glass; blocked five shots; and added four assists and three steals to lead the hosts to a 93-59 victory over Butler County CC at the Physical Education Complex.

OBSERVER Photo by Scott Kindberg Jamestown Community College’s Jessica Beehler drives to the basket during Wednesday night’s NJCAA women’s basketball game against Butler County CC at the Physical Education Complex in Jamestown.

The win improved the Jayhawks’ record to 5-4 and, just as importantly, their performance was precisely as Turnbull had drawn it up.

In addition to Hicks’ monster effort, the first-year coach received 18 points and 12 rebounds from Destiny Evans; 18 points and six rebounds from Kymi Nance; and 17 points, nine assists, six rebounds and five steals from D’Auzhanay Harden.

All told, Jamestown CC scored 80 points in the paint, held a whopping 63-36 rebounding advantage and shot 44% from the floor.

Much of that was the result of Hicks’ dominance in the low block.

The game was close early — the Jayhawks led 22-15 after the first quarter and 45-32 at the break, but they went on a 29-13 run in the third period to put the game away. Evans had 8 points, Nance had 7, Jessica Beehler added 6, and Harden and Hicks collected 4 apiece.

Aslyn Pry scored a game-high 28 points for Butler County CC, while teammate Hailey Metzger added 23, including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.

But the Pioneers (0-4) were no match for the Jayhawks, who will travel to Genesee CC for a 5:30 p.m. game Friday before entertaining WVU Potomac St. College at 1 p.m. Sunday.

BUTLER COUNTY CC (59)

Hillwig 0-1 0-0 0 , Montelone 1-8 4-6 6, Yost 1-6 0-0 2, Pry 9-23 9-15 28, Metzger 7-15 3-4 23, Barclay 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 16-25 59.

JAMESTOWN CC (93)

Beehler 4-12 0-0 9, Harden 8-16 0-1 17, Hicks 12-23 0-4 24, Nance 8-17 1-3 18, Evans 9-19 0-0 18, Nonjabulo 0-1 0-0 0 Alfa 1-4 0-0 2 Stevens 2-7 1-1 5. Totals 44-99 2-9 93.

Butler County CC 15 17 13 14 — 59

Jamestown CC 22 23 29 19 — 93

3-point field goals–Butler County CC 7-17 (Monteleone 0-6), Pry 1-1, Metzger 6-10), Jamestown CC 3-18 (Beehler 1-8, Harden 1-1, Nance 1-6, Alfa 0-3). Rebounds — Butler County CC 36 (Pry 11), Jamestown CC 63 (Hicks 30). Assists — Butler County CC 9 (Monteleone 2, Metzger 2), Jamestown CC 17 (Harden 9). Total fouls — Butler County CC 8, Jamestown CC 23. Fouled out — Harden 5.

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