Chassell connects outside to beat Jeffers girls

PAINESDALE – The three-point basket can be a great asset in a basketball game.

Make them and you’ll likely be in good shape to win. Miss them too often and you’ll probably lose.

Such was the case Monday night in a CCC girls game between Chassell and Jeffers won by the Panthers by a 50-41 score.

“I thought we came out with a lot of energy to begin the game,” CHS coach Brandi Hainault said. “And making those three-pointers helped a lot.”

The Panthers canned 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the first quarter alone in storming to a 19-3 lead by the end of the frame.

Coach Joe Romano’s Jets never recovered, although he felt his team lacked intensity throughout.

“I don’t know what it was, but we weren’t ready to play,” Romano lamented. “It was a very frustrating game.”

Macy Holombo notched two of the triples in Chassell’s opening explosion. In all, the Blue and Gold whistled in nine treys.

Jeffers rallied in the second quarter behind the interior play of Haley Makela, and trailed by a 25-18 margin at the break.

But the eventual winners rattled in three more triples in an 11-4 third-quarter advantage to pump the lead back to 36-22 with eight minutes left.

The Range crew, sparked by Shelby Seppanen and Makela, sliced the lead to 42-33 midway through the final stanza.

But Julia Pietila, who played a fine second half for Chassell, nailed four free throws down the stretch to wrap it up.

“I was pleased with Julia’s (Pietila) play in the second half, she made some big plays,” Hainault noted. “But I thought all the kids played hard.”

Karli Michaels hit three triples for the 5-12 (1-8 CCC) Panthers and netted a team-best 14 points. Pietila tossed in 12 more and Holombo laced 11 markers.

Makela led the Green and White with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Seppanen scored 13 more.

Romano said his team, now 6-12 (4-5 CCC), has to find some desire to play the game.

“We’re not using our heads and we’re not playing hard,” he said. “That has to change … and change very soon.”