Western Reserve rallies past JFK
WARREN — After a back-and-forth first half, Western Reserve took control in the second half to defeat John F. Kennedy, 65-42, Thursday in a girls basketball game at Kennedy.
In the first quarter, the Reserve girls (2-0) couldn’t find a good look and they trailed 17-8 as the Eagles’ Danielle Bradley and Caitlyn Condoleon scored 13 points combined.
In the second quarter, JFK (1-1) and Reserve got much closer in score as the Blue Devils made a comeback.
After Kennedy took a 21-15 lead with two minutes left in the half, WR went on a 9-0 run before things settled down. WR led JFK 28-27 at halftime.
Alexis Hughes and Kennedy Miller led the charge in that quarter as they each scored six points in the quarter.
“I thought that things that we did defensively started to give them problems,” WR coach Steve Miller said. “To be honest, they (JFK) were hot and hit a couple threes. Defensively, we switched things a little bit.”
And switch things it did. Western Reserve came out hot as it went on a 14-0 run to start the third quarter. JFK got its first bucket of the second half with 3:17 remaining in the third quarter.
“We are a young and inexperienced team. They came out and put a box-and-1 on us. We didn’t react very well to it because our girls have never seen it before,” JFK coach John Condoleon said. “There are things that we have to work on.”
In the second half, Reserve’s defense turned up greatly. It seemed to frustrate JFK’s offense, especially as the Eagles scored just four third-quarter points to WR’s 20.
“Coach at halftime really brought as together,” Hughes said. “We worked together and executed much better in the second half. I feel like I just had to take charge for my team down low and be there for my team. We have a lot of guards that can shoot from the outside.”
Hughes finished the night with 17 points and 18 rebounds with 9 second-half points.
For JFK, Condoleon finished with 13 points and Raionna Talbert also finished with 13.
“We started taking Caitlyn away in the second half. She makes them go,” Miller said. “Preventing her from getting the ball was a key thing and not letting No. 20 (Bradley) get open shots.”