Jimmies in OT: Ramlo’s big night helps No. 11 JC knock off No. 6 ChargersAmber Ramlo kept Briar Cliff on its toes for the latter portion of Thursday night’s game at the Civic Center.
By: By Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Amber Ramlo kept Briar Cliff on its toes for the latter portion of Thursday night’s game at the Civic Center.
The 6-foot senior from Jamestown College put on a display of excellence in helping the No. 11 Jimmies knock off No. 6 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 84-76 in overtime in nonconference women’s basketball action.
“She had a huge second half,” JC coach Brad Ulland said. “That’s what you want and that’s what you expect out of a senior that’s been in our program and understands her role and knows what’s expected of her. … She stepped up big in the second half. We needed a spark like that.”
Ramlo, held to two points at halftime, finished with a game-high 23, also grabbing 11 rebounds. The Jamestown High grad was 6-of-8 from the floor including sinking two of her
three 3-point tries. She was also 9-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Ramlo said she gained confidence from her second-half 3s.
“Once you make one, it’s like, OK, I can shoot another,” Ramlo said. “You really wanna build that momentum.”
Briar Cliff, playing without two starters including second leading scorer Sarah Reeves, applied plenty of pressure with traps in the back court that helped lead to 24 JC turnovers.
But it was the Jimmies (12-1) who applied better pressure in overtime, forcing two turnovers, the first of which led to back-to-back 3-pointers from juniors Hannah Steele and Carly Jensen that appeared to deflate the Chargers with 2:38 remaining. Briar Cliff (12-3) never got within five points the rest of the way.
“They were so big. That six points really gives you a little bit of a cushion, so you’re not so tense,” Ramlo said. “You can play a little bit looser, (and) you’re not so tight.”
Like it did most of the night, JC converted at the line. Ramlo was 4-of-4 in the final minute and Jensen made both of hers, aiding the Jimmies’ 27-of-32 performance.
“We went through a small stretch where we weren’t making a lot,” Ulland said of free throws this season. “We have every kid shooting 100 a week. … Amber made big ones, Carly made big ones. … That’s what you want out of those kids.”
BC had a 66-59 lead after Kela Cihak hit a jumper off the glass with 6:05 to go in regulation. The Chargers defense held JC without a field goal for 7:07 of the second half, a streak that wasn’t broken until Ramlo’s short jumper with 2:05 remaining that cut the deficit to three at 66-63.
Two more Ramlo free throws and a Kayla Roemmich 2-pointer on a dish from Steele capped an 8-0 run to give the Jimmies a one-point lead with 56 seconds to go. Cihak followed with a driving layup that served as Briar Cliff’s only two points in the final 6:04 of regulation.
Behind 68-67, Morgan Mathison made the back end of two at the charity stripe to tie it, and Steele had a shot at a game-winner with 4 seconds to go but her 7-foot floater didn’t leave her hand until after the buzzer sounded, though it did drop through.
Perhaps the most telling tale on the stat sheet is in the rebounding column, where JC dominated 55-35. The Jimmies allowed just three offensive rebounds in the second half after 11 in the first.
“The rebounds save us in a lot of areas,” Ulland said. “They took it upon themselves not to let them get second shots.”
Like Ramlo, Roemmich proved to be tough to handle. She finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Jensen added 13 including three 3s and Bridget Schuneman had 11, all in the first half.
JC travels to Las Vegas on Dec. 28-29 to play Montana-Western and Montana Tech, respectively. Both start at 8:30 p.m.
“I’m proud of the kids; they deserved it,” Ulland said. “They went out and busted their tails, and it showed.”
Jamestown College 84, Briar Cliff (Iowa) 76, OT
BC 32 36 8
JC 35 33 16
BC: Mattie Murren 13, Kelsey Evans 12, Kela Cihak 12, Slone Masters 12, Lexi Henschke 8, Regan Cooper 6, McKenzie Shipley 6, Heather Haber 4, Paige Herrboldt 3. Totals 25-74 21-24 76
JC: Amber Ramlo 23, Kayla Roemmich 14, Carly Jensen 13, Bridget Schuneman 11, Hannah Steele 8, Megan Pold 7, Morgan Mathison 6, Chelsey Frydenlund. Totals 25-62 27-32 84
3-pointers: BC 5-24 (Murren 3, Herrboldt 1), JC 7-26 (Jensen 3, Steele 2, Ramlo 2). Rebounds: BC 35 (Murren 7), JC 55 (Roemmich 14, Ramlo 11); Assists: BC 13 (Evans 4), JC 22 (Maggie Seter 7, Steele 6); Blocks: BC 5 (Haber 3), JC 3 (three with one); Steals: BC 10 (Murren 3), JC 11 (Ramlo 3); Total fouls: BC 25, JC 23; Fouled out: BC 1 (Cihak), JC 2 (Roemmich, Steele); Turnovers: BC 17, JC 24.
Sun sports writer Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or by email at email@example.com