Lady Wolves down Lady Elkers, 59-35
Kane girls basketball picked up a 59-35 road victory over Ridgway Wednesday night at Ridgway Area High School. The Lady Wolves (14-5) were led by a trio of double-digit scorers. Kaila Jamerson led Kane with 19 points while Audrey Perry finished with 17. Nerissa Rich finished with 14 points, eight in the fourth quarter. The Lady Elkers (0-18) hung around with the Lady Wolves for the first three quarters as Kane held a 40-30 lead entering the final eight minutes. Christine Schauer hit a field goal early in the quarter to cut the margin to eight. "Give Ridgway credit, they sure played hard," Kane coach Dave Kiehl said. "They came out to play." That would be as close as Ridgway would get to a comeback as a 13-0 run essentially would seal the game for the Lady Wolves. Jamerson opened the run with a field goal at the 7-minute mark on the front end of a 3-point play. Jamerson missed the free throw but Rich swallowed up the rebound and hit the first of what would be three consecutive hoops for the Lady Wolves junior, upping the margin to 48-32. Jamerson added a 3-point play which made the margin 53-32 before Nicole Breier broke the Ridgway scoring drought by hitting the front end of a 3-point play. Breier hit another free throw before Kane scored the last six points to complete the road win. Jamerson opened the game with a field goal but Breier answered with an inside field goal of her own to tie the game. Breier was a force in the first quarter as she finished with 11 points in the first eight minutes and led all scorers on the game with 20 points. Her and Taylor Roseto were the two leading scorers for Ridgway. Roseto finished with nine points. "It was a good effort. Nicole and Taylor played really good games I thought," Ridgway coach Glenn Schauer said. "What we're capable of doing, hopefully we can have that effort the next couple of games. It was a good effort. We stayed right with them especially in the first half." Perry hit a jumper for the Lady Wolves before Roseto notched 1-of-2 from the free throw line. The lead exchanged hands multiple times in the first quarter. Breier scored off an assist from Katie Oknefski as Ridgway held a 5-4 lead. Kane answered with a hoop from Perry. Breier and Jamerson exchanged baskets as the Lady Wolves led 8-7. A Roseto field goal and a Breier free throw had the Lady Elker lead up to 10-8. Rich tied the game with a field goal for Kane. Breier and Perry exchanged hoops to square the score at 12. Another Breier field goal with a minute left in the first quarter had Ridgway up 14-12 but a 3-pointer from Katelyn Moran put the Lady Wolves up 15-14 after the first quarter. Overall, there were three ties and six lead changes in the opening quarter. "All in all, a very good game for us," coach Schauer said. "Consistency, they worked the ball well. We still have our turnover issues. When we got the ball set in the offense, we did a pretty good job moving the ball around and getting it inside." Perry and Roseto traded field goals to start the second quarter before the Lady Wolves scored the next seven points. Rich added a field goal and Jamerson was 1-for-2 from the foul line. Jamerson and Rich added respective 2-point shots as Kane led 24-16 with 4:47 left before halftime. Perry hit a field goal and Jamerson poured in a free throw as Kane extended the lead to 27-18. Roseto knocked in a baseline jumper and Perry stole a cross-court pass from the Lady Wolves for a 29-20 advantage near the 2-minute mark. Oknefski knocked in a fairly long 2-pointer for Ridgway and Perry again cruised in for an uncontested layup after a steal. Perry hit 1-of-2 from the foul line before Schauer closed out the half with a field goal. The Lady Wolves scored the first four points of the third quarter as Jamerson added a layup and Perry added a field goal to build the Kane lead to 12 at 36-24. Breier added two field goals sandwiched within a Kane hoop to leave the margin at 10. Taylor Morgan and Roseto exchanged baskets and the lead was 40-30. Neither team added a point in the final 3:20 of the third quarter. Kiehl said the performance did not have the best rhythm that he's seen. "There were no style points," Kiehl said. Kane finishes the season with three scheduled home games. The Lady Wolves are slated to be in action against visiting DuBois Central Catholic on Friday. Kane has won three straight and four of its last five games. Kiehl said the recent success is a plus as the regular season winds down. "That's the goal, to be playing our best in mid-February and into March," Kiehl said. Ridgway is scheduled to play at Sheffield Friday.In Wednesday's junior varsity game, Kane won 34-21.