ST. MARYS – The Ramettes (3-5) were rarely contested Friday in a 54-20 victory over winless Ridgway in the consolation game of the 30th annual Elk County girls holiday basketball tournament.
The Ramettes were led by Brittany Watts with 15 points, while Chelsea Benson and Rhianon Fowler contributed 10 points each; Ridgway's leading scorer was Nicole Breier with eight points.
Johnsonburg applied heavy defensive pressure early on to trigger multiple turnovers in the first quarter en route to a 20-3 lead.
The Ramettes scored the first nine points of the game with five from Watts culminating with a outback with 4:20 to go in the first quarter. Ridgway's Katie Oknefski finally stopped the scoring streak with a jumper at the four minute mark but Johnsonburg senior Danie Jo Dwyer answered back with a long 3-pointer for a 12-2 advantage.
After Ridgway's Taylor Roseto hit one of two from the charity stripe, Benson and Watt hit back-to-back field goals for a 16-3 lead. Dwyer later came up with a steal and layup with 33 seconds on the clock and Watts took advantage of a turnover and scored on a jumper with three seconds to in the first quarter for a 20-3 lead.
"The press worked well [Friday] and we were able to work on seven or eight different offensive plays, just working on all the options," said Johnsonburg head girls varsity basketball coach Mike Zilkofski. "That's one thing we've been missing, looking at the second, third and fourth options, so we were able to work on those."
Johnsonburg continued in the second quarter by causing Ridgway to turn the ball over on their first five possessions as Watts and Fowler put in baskets for a 36-6 lead.
Oknefski, who finished the night with seven points, knocked in a jumper for a 36-8 deficit and later traded baskets with Watts as Johnsonburg built a 38-10 lead. Ridgway's Christine Schauer added a foul shot to cut the lead to 38-11 before Benson scored four points of a pair of free throws and a layup.
Breier went on to hit consecutive layups to close out the third quarter down 42-15.
Breier would score her eighth point of the night in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 42-16 before Johnsonburg ran off a 10-0 run to put on exclamation point on their night. Watts hit a layup with 4:26 to go and Fowler followed with a layup of here own for a 46-16 lead. Fowler then recorded consecutive steals and layups for a 50-16 lead and Kathryn Polaski followed with a layup at the 2:15 mark for a 52-16 lead.
Oknefski later hit a free throw after being sent to the line to cut the lead to 52-17 and after an Ashley Imbrogno field goal increased the lead to 54-17, Ridgway's Savanna Nelson hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds on the clock for a 54-20 deficit.
Zilkofski said he was impressed with having three scorers finish in double-figures.
"Brittany [Watts] had a good game taking the ball to the basket and that's what I wanted to see, one-on-one plays where we would take it to the basket," Zilkofski said. "We played well and the shooting percentage is going to be better when you're hitting layups. We went up against a man-to-man defense so there weren't many outside shots. [Watts] had a few jumpers and I want her taking those shots because she has a nice soft shot.
"I want her taking those shots outside the paint. Rhianon [Fowler] had a good game with a few steals and a couple easy layups. I was able to get some younger players in to get some experience and now we're going to work on Kane. We hope to start building a winning streak here at 3-5 so we'll practice all week for Kane."
Nicole Breier 3 2-4 8, Katie Oknefski 3 1-3 7, Savanna Nelson 1 0-0 3, Taylor Roseto 0 1-2 1, Christine Schauer 0 1-6 1, Angela DeAngelo 0 0-2 0. Totals: 7 5-17 20.
Brittany Watts 7 1-4 15, Chelsea Benson 4 2-2 10, Rhianon Fowler 4 2-2 10, Ashley Imbrogno 3 0-0 6, Danie Jo Dwyer 2 0-2 5, Kathryn Polaski 2 0-0 4, Alexa Marciniak 1 0-0 2, Kiana Myers 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 5-10 54.
3-point field goals: Ridgway 1 (Nelson). Johnsonburg 1 (Dwyer).
Score by quarters
Ridgway 3 3 9 5 20
Johnsonburg 20 12 10 12 54