Classic in the Country

Classic Game 13 Recap – Wadsworth vs Mason

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RECAP

The night-cap of Classic in the Country day two, Jan. 17, was a marquee match-up.  Wadsworth and Mason both won games on Saturday at CitC and then turned around on Sunday to take on each other.

Mason came into the Classic ranked 4th in Div. I with a record of 12-2.  Its win on Saturday over Magnificat, 56-33, moved them to a season record of 13-2.

Wadsworth came to CitC with a 13-0 record, ranked 1st in Div. I and then beat Newark on Saturday, 54-46 to move to 14-0. The two powerhouses found themselves in Berlin with a lot of folks anticipating watching these two programs go up and down the Reese Center floor.

Those in attendance saw a lot of defense going on early in the game as Mason held Wadsworth to just three first quarter points, a Jodi Johnson 3-pointer on Wadsworth’s first possession of the game.  Wadsworth wouldn’t score again until there was under two minutes left in the second period.  In fact the Grizzlies, the number one team in the state in Div. I, only scored three more points in the first half and trailed 19-6 at the half.

Mason was led by the conveniently named Jailyn Mason in the first half.  The University of Arkansas commit scored eight of the Comet’s 19 first-half points. (video) With all the defense being played that was quite the feat by Jailyn Mason.

Mason took a 16-point lead to the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies weren’t going away quietly.  Wadsworth’s Peyton Banks was responsible for fueling a stretch of play where somehow, in the blink of an eye, Wadsworth found themselves back in the game.  Banks scored five quick points with a three and a lay-in and Olivia Chaney got a 3-point play that cut the Mason lead to 10 with just under two minutes to play.  (video)

Jodi Johnson hit a bonus ball from the top of the arc with 1:30 to play to get the Grizzlies as close as they would get to Mason at 35-28. (video) Mason had built too big of a lead and held on for a 41-30 win. Day two was in the books at CitC 2016.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

van_kluenen_13Our Walnut Creek Cheese Player of the Game is Mason’s Lauren Van Kluenen.  She has gleamed in past Classic performances and she did it again scoring 18 points in the Mason win to go with 10 rebounds. (video)

TIP INS

Jailyn Mason finished with 12 points for the Comets and she also dished out six assists, two of which were highlight reel material.

Jodi Johnson had a game-high 11 points for Wadsworth and Banks finished with 10.

STAT BLAST

Wadsworth shot nine percent from the field in the first half with a cool 2-for-21 from the floor.

Mason had 13 team steals.  Freshman Samantha Puisis had swipes.

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