The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

January 4, 2013

Lakers impose will on Bristol

PV squeezes Panthers for NAC victory

BRISTOLVILLE — It was a battle of styles Thursday night at Bristol. Pymatuning Valley plays as if it has five guards on the floor at all times. Bristol likes to play in the halfcourt and feed the ball into the post.

The Lakers imposed their will on the Panthers and pulled away for a 55-35 victory.

“That’s kind of the staple of our style,” PV coach Jeff Complan said. “We trap and we press and we try to create turnovers and use our team speed. We're not blessed with somebody who's 6-foot-2. We have very good defensive players, so we wanted to get up and push the tempo today, especially because (Bristol) played a game last night.

“We thought that if we could have pushed the pace in the early going, we might take their legs out from them a little bit. I thought we had the pace right where we wanted it and our girls really focused on defending today. I'm really proud of our effort."

Towering above everybody on the court, Bristol’s Ally Jones now can say she towers above most girls to wear the Bristol uniform.

With 3:34 remaining in the Panthers’ loss, the senior center received a pass from Elexis Blake and banked in a shot from the paint to become the fourth player in team history to record 1,000 points in her career.

The crowd, holding signs for her in anticipation from the start, exploded and cheered

“I’ve worked hard these four years and it was great to get it with a such a great crowd because everyone that I love and care about was here,” Jones said. “I have a great support system at home and with my friends. For them to all be here supporting me and cheering me on throughout the four years was an amazing experience.”

Her teammates also celebrated the achievement, with each player hugging Jones. Jones felt the achievement meant as much to them as it did to her.

“Our team is a family,” she said. “We do everything together and I wouldn’t have gotten here if it wasn’t for them. They know that, and they know how appreciative I am of them. I don’t take full credit for it — I give them a lot of the credit because without them, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”

Outside of that brief moment, the Panthers (8-4, 3-3 Northeastern Athletic Conference) had little to celebrate.

After a close first quarter, the Lakers (7-2, 5-2) dominated the Panthers, using traps and high-pressure defense to force Bristol into a plethora of mistakes that PV then turned into quick baskets.

The Panthers committed 28 turnovers in the game, with the bulk coming in the first three quarters.

Jones and her teammates hadn’t seen such a defense yet this season.

“This is probably one of the most high-pressure games we’ve played,” Jones said. “We just got to work on taking care of the ball a little bit more.”

Along with the high-tempo style, the Lakers tried to open up the lane by bringing Jones away from the basket, allowing players to get around the 6-foot-2 center and drive to the basket.

No player took advantage more than Kelsea Brown. The sophomore forward dropped 24 points, 18 of which came from field goals in the paint, and grabbed 12 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass.

“Kelsea’s probably one of our most athletic players and she probably played the best game of her career tonight,” Compan said.

“Defensively, she got her hands on a lot of balls. We were happy with our effort today, and the way Kelsea played made things a lot easier.”

Wagner is a sports writer for the (Warren) Tribune Chronicle.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Sam Going strong!

    Back on track... and still alive and kicking, er, hitting!

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 18U Outlaws split first two

    A stirring rally in their last at-bat allowed the Ohio Outlaws 18-and-under squad to prevail in its first game at the Eastern National Tournament on Thursday in Sterling, Va.

    August 1, 2014

  • UMC rolls to church title

    The Andover United Methodist Church co-ed softball team capped a successful season by applying the basics. Timely hitting and solid defense both came into play as they polished off the losers’ bracket winner, New Life Fire of Geneva, 10-4, to claim the Ashtabula Church Co-ed Softball League — Thursday Massucci Division championship.

    August 1, 2014

  • Indians Mariners sink Tribe

    Another difficult day on the trade front ended with a disappointing loss for the Cleveland Indians.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Taylor Outlaws edged by a run

    The slimmest of margins proved to be the difference in determining the outcome of a clash between the Ohio Outlaws Gold and the Virginia Shamrocks in the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals on Wednesday in Salem, Va.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Olivia-smile A Don McCormack column: Holt right at home at Mount

    When a young person from this area goes off to college and continues to play sports at the next level, we do feature stories on them.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Twin State Night at Raceway 7 next

    This week is the annual Twin State Club night at Raceway 7. Regular racing will be presented in all five divisions. With the points races nearing their conclusion the racing will be hot as August weather Friday night.

    July 31, 2014

  • Tribe Kluber twirls gem

    “The ace is gone. Long live the ace.” That’s how Indians fans might be looking at matters today.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SB1 Let’s play another

    It pays to have the right hitters at the plate at the right time.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Outlaws roll again

    They may be Outlaws by name, but the Northeast Ohio-based Ohio Outlaws Gold are certainly running with the in crowd at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals in Salem, Va.

    July 30, 2014

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video