A day that had individual honors for ASC’s Lady Pioneers coach Gina Boyd and forward Haley Witchella ended on with disappointment as the Jamestown Jayhawks defeated the ASC women’s basketball team by a final score of 58-49 in the Region III Division II Semifinals. Lady Pioneers finished the season a strong 18-9, which included a seven-game winning streak that ended today.
It was announced before the game that the Lady Pioneers Coach Gina Boyd was named Coach of the Year in the Region III Division II conference. Haley Witchella was named RIII DII player of the year, after having been named the NJCAA DII women’s basketball player of the week. Ms. Witchella shot 15 for 25 and scored a career high 34 points in the Lady Pioneers 86-74 victory over Genesee CC. She also grabbed 26 rebounds (14 offensive) and blocked six shots. She followed that game up with 12 points and 16 rebounds in just 23 minutes of play in a 62-56 victory vs. Jamestown CC that gained Alfred a re-match with JCC in this weekend’s Region III Division II Tournament. She also had three blocks and two steals in that game.
In addition to the honors for Ms. Boyd and Ms. Witchella, Camille Romero and Amie Brooks named All-Region 2nd team.
Unfortunately, the re-match with Jamestown did not go well from the tip-off. Five minutes into the contest, Jamestown led 11-3. With four minutes to go in the first half, JCC’s lead was 22-11. The Lady Pioneers staged something of a rally in those last four minutes, outscoring JCC 5-1, but they still went into the half trailing 23-16. The biggest problem was that the Lady Pioneers made less than 20% of their first half shots. Ms. Witchella and Ms. Romero led Pioneers with 4 each at half.
The first ten minutes of the second half didn’t go the way Coach Boyd would have liked as JCC pushed its lead to 38-26. ASC tried to fight their way back into the game, closing the gap to 51-42 with 3:34 remaining, but the clock ran out on a great season for the Lady Pioneers as they never got closer than 7 points.