It was a long night for Jamestown.
The team’s bus broke down on the way to their game and then their wheels fell off in the fourth quarter of a 76-57 loss to Cardinal O’Hara on Friday.
What may look like a lopsided basketball game on paper actually kept many in a crowd of 200-plus on the edge of their seats in the O’Hara gym. The contest between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked large schools in The Buffalo News poll was tied at 47-47 after three quarters.
The top-ranked Hawks finally put themselves in the driver’s seat in the fourth quarter using a 12-0 run to help outscore their visitors, 29-10.
Jailyn Dickson scored nine of her 10 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks pull away.
“It would have been nice if we could have kept it up in the fourth quarter, but we just ran out of steam,” said Jamestown coach Tim Anderson. “We succumbed to a lot of their pressure. We just got worn out in the fourth quarter and started making mistakes that we hadn’t made the whole game.”
Both teams brought undefeated records into the nonleague contest. Jamestown, coming off a win in the IABBO Tournament, falls to 8-1.
O’Hara, runners-up last year in the Monsignor Martin Association title race, starts the new year with an 8-0 record.
O’Hara features a deep roster with plenty of scorers. Jontay Walton (five steals) and Aisha Shabazz (four three-pointers) had 16 points each. Kelsey McCarthy, who has plenty of moves in the post, added 15 points, 10 rebounds and had six blocks. Keyonte Edwards joined Dickson with 10 points
“We had been encouraging the girls the whole game to just to play hard,” said O’Hara coach Dan McDermott. “We’re used to playing these type of games where we’re going as hard as we can go. We tell the kids they have to want to keep getting better, keep getting better. We’re not where we want to be yet certainly, but we’re headed in the right direction.”
Jamestown’s Chrisanna Green led her team with 18 points, Anne Campion had 14 points, including four three-pointers. She needs nine to reach 1,000. Peyton Butts and Dazjah Coleman combined for 18 points.
A water pump was the culprit in the Jamestown bus breakdown and by the time a substitute bus reached the team and brought them to O’Hara, the start of the game was delayed 93 minutes.
Jamestown had no trouble getting things in gear early. They jumped out to a 12-4 lead and showed no signs of slowing down.
But O’Hara had plenty left in its tank. The Hawks rallied to tie the game at 12-12 and traded baskets until the quarter ended 20-18 in the visitor’s favor. Green had a solid quarter, scoring 10 points.
Neither team could grab the momentum in the second quarter as both teams scored 14 points and the score was tied twice at 25-25 and 32-32. Jamestown held a paltry 34-32 lead at the break.
O’Hara, which has “This is our house” printed on the cover of its program, started the third quarter off like they owned the place. They took their first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Shabazz. It was the start of a 7-0 run. As they had all game, Jamestown responded. Campion hit back-to-back three-pointers to end the third quarter knotted at 47-47.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Hawks.