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JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Ramettes (5-1) got off to a slow start Wednesday but regrouped quickly to topple visiting Smethport, 55-27
Johnsonburg was paced by junior Kassa Kocjancic, who finished with 14 points; she was complemented by fellow junior Chelsea Benson, who scored 10 points, along with seniors Rhianon Fowler and Brittany Watts, who finished with nine points apiece.
"We started off slow and [Smethport] was boxing out pretty well early on, that led to a close score at first. I told our players after the second quarter that 'we're 4-1, so let's show [Smethport] why we're 4-1,'" said Johnsonburg girls varsity basketball coach Mike Zilkofski after the win. "Our players proceeded to step it up with some pretty good runs. Our players know the game and that shows with some heads-up plays and some great passing.
"They all take it to the basket and Rhianon [Fowler] does a good job running the offense as point guard."
The Ramettes were down 6-0 early but erased the deficit quickly as junior Kathryn Polaski nailed an NBA-length 3-pointer and Watts followed with a jumper to trim the margin to a point.
Consecutive layups by Kocjancic gave Johnsonburg their first lead at 9-7. The Ramettes then pulled off a 8-0 run with 2;16 left in the first quarter until 7:26 on the clock in the second quarter.
A steal and subsequent layup with 5:31 until halftime gave Johnsonburg a 10-point lead and a Polaski layup off a Fowler steal upped that lead to 27-13. A layup from Kocjancic increased the lead to 16 points before Fowler rolled in for a layup off a Polaski assist. A layup from Johnsonburg's Mary Kate McAlee gave the Ramettes a 33-13 halftime lead.