JAMESTOWN — The “Beauty and the Beast” event pitted Mercer County foes Jamestown and Lakeview against each other in a full day of non-stop basketball. In the girls’ contest, Lakeview kept the pace up and rolled to a convincing road win — the Sailors 10th of the season.
On Saturday afternoon at Jamestown High School, Lakeview rolled past Jamestown 54-16 in a girls basketball non-region game.
The Sailors improve to 10-2 on the season while Jamestown drops to 0-10.
“I just really like our mindset. The girls are playing just as hard as I can ask them to play,” said Lakeview head coach Gary Burke.
“The girls put in a good effort. Gary Burke does a great job with the Sailors,” said Jamestown head coach Jenn McElhinny.
In the opening quarter it was Reese Gadsby doing the damage for Lakeview. She buried a triple from the corner to turn a narrow 7-6 lead into a 10-6 advantage. She scored eight more points, including another trey to push the Sailors out front 18-8 after one.
In the second quarter, the Sailors were able to expand on their lead, but this time it was a result of good defense.
Lakeview only hit two field goals in the quarter, but still went on a 10-0 run by keeping the Muskies scoreless in the frame.
“That’s one thing that I challenged them with today is to be prepared for every second they’re on the floor on a defensive possession,” said Burke. “They played a great defensive game as a team.”
In the third, Jamestown started with a pair of 3-pointers from Farah Messai and Jocelyn Johnson. However, Lakeview continued to push forward, and the tandem of Gadsby and Austa Reed began a run.
Reed knocked down two open treys and Gadsby scored four baskets inside to spark Lakeview to 21 points in the third to take a 49-16 lead.
From there, the benches got some work.
For Jamestown, Johnson led the way with eight points.
“We need to work on gelling together as a team. We’ve got some underclassmen that we’re bringing up with the seniors that we’re trying to get some experience and growing together as a team,” said McElhinny.
Gadsby led all scorers with 19 points off eight field goals. Reed added 14 for the Sailors.
“They’re attitudes have been fantastic. They came into the season ready to attack, ready to prove something about themselves,” said Burke. “That last season wasn’t a fluke.”
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