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John Jay Can't Complete Comeback versus Yorktown By Rich Monetti

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By Rich MonettiPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 3 min read

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After defeating Yorktown a few weeks ago, John Jay took the Huskers on at home on Friday, January 2 and quickly fell behind. The first seven points to the visitors, Yorktown took a 16-3 first quarter lead and largely built a 21 point third quarter lead on the play of Kaitlin Judge. John Jay did fight back, though, and cut the lead to ten on a put back by Jane Brennan. So Judge restored order.

The guard hit a pair of threes, and a 49-32 defeat followed for John Jay

Of course, the guard started the scoring. She hit an off-balance layup, and after Ava Costello hit a three, Judge completed the 7-0 run with two trips to the line.

A baseline drive for two and a free throw by Sela Halaifonua got John Jay on the board, but Judge’s rhythm was not broken. She hit her first two triples and closed the quarter with a 13 point advantage for her team.

Into the second, the Huskers kept the momentum going by getting to the rim. Halaifonua’s three aside, Yorktown got all their points at the foul line. Costello converted two for four, Judge sank five foul shots, and Kiera Mooney went two for two to give Yorktown a 25-6 halftime lead.

So a pretty big hole did dig out of, Natalie Ellrodt came out of the intermission with a shovel. The guard nailed a three, and hope sprung out of the crowd.

Unfortunately, Yorktown kicked dirt back on the grave. Olivia DelGaudio responded with a jumper, and Judge piled on with a three.

Now 30-9 with 5:33 left in the third, John Jay kept their heads up anyway. Jordan Kauftheil picked off a pass under the Yorktown basket, got the ball ahead to Halaifonua, and she found Brennan in the corner for a baseline drive.

The basket good and the foul, the glimmer continued with another Kauftheil steal. She got the ball forward to Brooke Habinowski for the fast break basket and then the light got brighter.

Ellrodt hit another three, and Habinowski refused to be denied on the put back with a 1:04 left in the third.

A 13 point game, John Jay forced a turnover and played a little give and go to inch closer. Halaifonua inbounded to Kauftheil, she passed back on the baseline, and Halaifonua hit an off-balance layup to close the third quarter scoring at 32-21.

Still, Yorktown came out and continued on the line. Another drive to the hoop, Judge drew the foul, and the free throws put her team up by 13.

The John Jay defense and tenacity did not rest, though. First the quick hands of Ellrodt yielded a steal and one from the line, and Halaifonua matched by stepping into the passing lanes for a second consecutive steal.

She missed both free throws on the fast break foul, but Kauftheil hustled for the rebound and Jaime Bartley-Cohen ended up on the line. Knocking down two, it was 34-24 with 5:57 left in the game, and a possession later, John Jay was looking at single digits.

Halaifonua ripped down the rebound, got the ball ahead and put Bartley-Cohen on the docket again. The center dribbled once in the paint and was fouled on the roll.

Unfortunately, she went 0-2, and Judge showed the Wolves how its done on the line. She got fouled on the baseline and sank two for a 36-24 game.

John Jay stayed strong nonetheless. Specifically Jane Brennan, she battled the Yorktown front line for the offensive rebound, and her put back made it ten again.

4:10 remaining, Judge apparently had enough. She patiently dribbled up court, went around the pick and dropped the first dagger from downtown.

A foul shot from Brennan in response provided some pause, but Judge was still running full steam. She dribbled above the arc, found a little space and let fly. Three more and the 42-27 lead mostly said it all.

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