Crosby, Raven Excel In Sophomore Night Comeback
Tuesday night was Sophomore night at The McVean Center Gymnasium. The Lady Cannoneers celebrated each of their 5 sophomores, and their accomplished 2 year careers here at Jefferson. Surrounded by family and friends, and one of the years best crowds each sophomore gathered well deserved recognition for their time spent as a student-athlete within the women's basketball program.
Broome posed a tough matchup for the Lady Cannoneer's as they looked to finish off a stellar second semester, and wrap up their MSAC play for the year. Jefferson found themselves in a quick 11-0 hole to start the game. The ball would start to find the basket for the lady cannoneers after a slow several minutes. Behind swift ball movement and some easy baskets in transition the lead would be cut too 15-14 Broome at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter would play out similar to the end of the first quarter with Jefferson taking a 31-26 lead into the halftime break. Transition baskets started to come easy for Jefferson as they capitalized on their best attribute this year, defensive rebounding.
In the second half both teams would battle back and forth for much of the third quarter, and early fourth quarter. Broome couldn't cut into the lead for any length of time, but Jefferson was having trouble pulling away as well. The last offensive surge of the game came with about 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Cannoneers would pull away as their lead would grow to 12 coming down the home stretch. Jefferson would walk away with a 64-52 home victory to wrap up a 10-2 MSAC record, and a second place overall finish. Sophomore Chelsey Raven of Ogdensburg led the way with 19 points, and 14 rebounds. Ashlyn Eyles, and Alyson Crosby of Hammond chipped in 18, and 14 points respectfully as Crosby hauled down 21 rebounds! Freshman Bailey Zicari also nabbed a season/career high 12 rebounds, while freshman Izzy Soluri chipped in 12 points!
The Lady Cannoneers will wait for a day or two to find out their Region 3 fate as the Regional tournament looms in the near future. A 5 seed looks like a good possibility with a quarterfinal matchup still to be determined.
The 5 Sophomores Honored Last Night:
# 10 Skyler Trumble
Skyler joins our basketball program as a vital asset within our rotations. Throughout the year she has shown tremendous growth and comfortability on the floor for us. She has been a key defender all year, and grown exponentially on the offensive end. Skyler has brought us energy all year, and allowed us to continue to grow throughout the long college basketball season. Skyler is a criminal justice major, and will be transferring to SUNY Canton in the fall to complete her bachelors degree!
# 11 Ashlyn Eyles
Ashlyn came to Jefferson after a standout career at Thousand Islands Central. She stepped right in and made an immediate impact on our program from day one. As a freshman Ashlyn was named MSAC Tournament MVP, and to the Region 3 All-Tournament team while helping our program win it's first Mid State Athletic Conference title in almost 15 years. Ashlyn is at the tail end of a very successful sophomore campaign. She has an ability to step in and take over a basketball game, her feel and sense of the moment are second to none. She can be the facilitator on the floor, she can score, she can rebound and defend! She has logged 3 triple doubles this season while averaging 19 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. Ashlyn plans on transferring to SUNY Oswego where she will continue her education in Psychology, and play basketball for the Lakers!
# 23 Alyson Crosby
Alyson joined our women's basketball program after a standout career at Hammond Central. On the floor Ally's ability to rebound the basketball, and her strength around the rim has helped us excel over the last two years. As a freshman Ally was selected to the All-Conference Team, She earned a 2nd Team All-Region Award, and was selected to the Region 3 All-Tournament Team. Ally was a key contributor in our run to our first Conference Tournament Championship in almost 15 years. Ally has set, and reset the school rebounding record this season pulling down 25 rebounds in a single game, and then two weeks later following that up with a 26 rebound game. She currently leads the MSAC in rebounds per game averaging 18.1 rebounds per game, and is 5th in scoring with 15.4 points per game. Ally will be transferring to SUNY Oswego in the Fall to continue her four year degree in
# 31 Chelsey Raven
Chelsey joined our women's basketball program after a stellar high school career at Ogdensburg Free Academy. In her time at Jefferson Chelsey has been one of our most consistent contributors. As a freshman Chelsey along with her 3 sophomore counterparts was a key contributor in our run to our first MSAC Conference tourney title in nearly 15 years. Chelsey collected All-Conference, and a 1st Team All-Region award during her freshman campaign. Chelsey has been one of the most consistent and deadly shooters as a post player over the last two seasons. Her ability to step out and knock down jump shots, and run the floor well have been huge assets to the structure of our offense. Chelsey is currently averaging a double/double with 17.3 points per game, and 10.5 rebounds per game. She has logged 8 games of 20 plus points this season. Chelsey plans on studying nursing and playing basketball after she graduates from Jefferson and is still currently undecided with her transfer plans.
# 42 Lily Adkins
Lily joined our basketball program this year after serving last year as our team manager. A graduate from Faith Fellowship, Lily has helped us operate in all aspects throughout the basketball season. She transitioned seamlessly from manager to player this year, and has been a valuable addition to our program. Lily is a psychology major, and plans to continue her education at a 4 year school next fall.
JCCC FALLS SHORT IN STRONG EFFORT VS OCCC
On Saturday the Jefferson women's basketball team faced off with MSAC rival Onondaga Community College. Their second contest in three weeks saw OCC take the first matchup in an 8 point victory at their place in late January. A fitting matchup up during college basketballs rivalry week, the Lady Cannoneers were ready for another showdown with the Lazers.
Both teams would battle back and forth for the majority of the first half. Jefferson would hold a 3 point lead at the end of the first quarter behind a hot start from sophomores Ashlyn Eyles and Chelsey Raven. The pace of the second quarter would slow down considerably and favor Jefferson as they took a 5 point lead into the halftime break. With both teams regrouping at halftime, Onondaga would look to change the pace of the third quarter.
OCC would outscore Jefferson by ten in the 3rd and take a 5 point lead into the fourth quarter. That wasn't the end of the fight for Jefferson, they would mount a comeback that would come up 2 points shy of sending the game to extra time.
"My kids played their hearts out today." Stated Coach Woodward "On paper we are out numbered and out matched, and my kids brought everything they had for 40 minutes. I hope they're proud of how they represent our program and how hard they compete for us. We've been a very good rebounding, and free throw shooting team all year. We narrowly lost both those battles. Hats off to Onondaga, they got us today."
With a well deserved off week ahead, the Lady Cannoneers will regroup and head to Corning this Saturday for their last regular season road game of the year. They currently sit at 8-2 in Mid-State play, which is good for 2nd place.