Ramettes down Lady Elkers for third straight win

Johnsonburg girls basketball won 59-27 against the Ridgway Lady Elkers Tuesday night at Ridgway Area High School. The Ramettes were led by the trio of Brittany Watts, Rhianon Fowler and Chelsea Benson, all three of them finished with more than 10 points. Fowler led the Ramettes with 18 points while Watts tallied 16 and Benson finished with 13 points. "They've been stepping it up all year and hopefully it will continue," Johnsonburg coach Mike Zilkofski said. A key second-quarter run opened the game up for Johnsonburg. Overall, the Ramettes outscored Ridgway 23-5 in the quarter. "They started off slow but got in a good second-quarter run," Zilkofski said. "We got some good shots in transition." Johnsonburg took a 14-10 lead into the second quarter and added the first eight points. Benson scored an inside layup and Fowler added a pair of transition buckets to push the lead to 20-10. Kiana Myers did the same thing moments later as the Ramettes led 22-10 with over six minutes left before halftime. A baseline jumper from Ridgway's Nicole Breier broke the scoreless streak but the Ramettes would score six straight points behind a Fowler basket and two hoops from Watts. At 30-15, the Ramettes closed the half with seven straight points. Watts added four points in a row and then Benson banked in a halfcourt shot at the second-quarter buzzer to extend the halftime lead to 37-15.Ridgway coach Glenn Schauer said the team was struggling in the transition game which helped in the Ramettes stretching the lead. "We don't get back on defense," coach Schauer said. Zilkofski said switching up the Ramettes' defense was paying off. Johnsonburg initially started in a full-court press before alternating defenses. Ridgway freshman Sierra Kos opened the second half with a basket and Watts did the same to push the lead to 39-17. A free throw from Benson and a 2-point field goal from Fowler pushed the lead to 25 at 42-17. A Breier 3-point play was answered by a Watts field goal. Taylor Roseto added a free throw and Kassa Kocjancic got on the board for the Ramettes with a field goal to push Johnsonburg up 46-21 after three quarters. Johnsonburg built the lead to 59-22 late in the game before Breier finished the game with five straight points to round out the scoring. Breier led Ridgway with 10 points. "It was nice to get some of the JV players into the game," Zilkofski said. The two teams exchanged field goals to open the game before a Fowler free throw and Benson field goal had Johnsonburg up 5-2. Christine Schauer added a bucket for the Lady Elkers, Benson added one from the free throw line and Watts added a pair from the charity stripe to push the lead to 8-4. A Taylor Roseto field goal put Ridgway back within two at 8-6 near the midpoint of the second quarter. Benson answered for Johnsonburg with a pair of second-chance points. The teams alternated field goals for the remainder of the first quarter to put the Ramettes up 14-10 after the first eight minutes. Coach Schauer said the Lady Elkers were doing a good job of breaking the full-court press."When they pressed, we were breaking it," coach Schauer said. Johnsonburg (12-7) is scheduled to host Brockway on Friday. Ridgway (0-20) is scheduled to host Harmony (0-20) on Thursday. Both games will be Senior Night for the respective teams.