ACCC women lose to No. 5 Johnson County

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Allen County Community College women’s head coach Andy Hamilton explains what he wants happening on the court to Meghan Atchison (10), Breanna Shaw (11), Shayla Clark (3) and Aeriss McNeese (25) at a home game this year. On Wednesday in their Jayhawk Eastern Division opener, the Red Devils were thumped 97-64 by host Johnson County Community College, ranked fifth in NJCAA Division II.

OVERLAND PARK — Allen County Community College’s women had no luck going up against NJCAA Division II’s fifth-ranked basketball team Wednesday.
The Red Devils were on the road in their first Jayhawk Eastern Division contest. They faced Johnson County Community College’s Lady Cavaliers, who were undefeated.
Johnson County powered past Allen County 97-64. The Lady Cavaliers took control in the first half, rolling up a 51-27 halftime advantage.
The Red Devils had 30 turnovers in the game. They had the same number of defensive rebounds as the Lady Cavaliers but...
Johnson County collected 15 rebounds off the offensive glass for a total of 41 rebounds. Allen County had just four offensive rebounds.
With the loss, Allen County dropped to 6-5 overall and 0-1 in conference. They’ve lost two games in a row.
On Saturday, the Red Devils are on the road again in Jayhawk East play. They play Cowley County Community College (2-1 Jayhawk East, 5-4) at Arkansas City.
Freshman Dysyan Malone led the Red Devils across the stat sheet. She scored 21 points, going 6 of 7 at the free-throw line, had six rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Conference-leading scorer Breanna Shaw, also a freshman, scored 13 points for Allen County. Sophomore Jennifer House had eight rebounds and eight points.
Allen County shot 40 percent, 19 of 48, from the field. It was limited to 32 percent in the first half.
The Red Devils sank 22 of 30 free throw attempts.
Missing from the ACCC lineup was starting point guard Lacey Thomas, a freshman. The Register’s attempts to reach ACCC head coach Andy Hamilton this morning were unsuccessful.
Johnson County had five of nine players score in double digits. The Lady Cavaliers shot 49 percent, 35 of 71, from the field and hit 20 of 28 free throw tries.
Melissa Nelson, who was 10 of 12 at the line, scored 25 points. Taylor Bird added 19 and Emile Blakesley had 17 points. Liz Smith tossed in 13 and Crista Bechard had 10 points.
Saturday’s game will conclude first-semester action for the Red Devil women. Tip-off at Cowley County is 5 p.m.
Allen County (27-37—64) (FG/3-pt): Clark 0/1-1-2-4, Atchison 0-0-2-0, Shaw 1/2-5-0-13, Shaffer 1-0-2-2, Malone 6/1-6-2-21, McNeese 1-4-2-6, House 2-4-2-8, Nisbett 1-0-1-2, Johnson 3-2-4-8. TOTALS: 15/4-22-17-64.
Johnson County (51-46—97) (FG/3-pt): Bechard 2/2-0-3-10, Nietzke 0-0-1-0, Brown 3-2-4-8, Nelson 6/1-10-2-25, Bird 7/1-2-3-19, Blakesley 3/3-2-2-17, B. Smith 1-0-4-2, Crow 0-3-1-3, L. Smith 6-1-5-13. TOTALS: 28/7-20-25-97.