JAMESTOWN, NY – A late opponent change didn’t slow the offense as Warren raced out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 64-36 win over Ellicottville in the opening game of the JCC Showcase.
The Dragons opened a 12-5 lead after the first quarter as five different players hit a field goal in the first eight minutes. The balanced barrage continued in a 20-point second quarter, led by six points each from Sammie Ruhlman and Meea Irwin, and Warren held a 32-18 halftime advantage.
Warren’s defense clamped down in the second half, as the Dragons limited the Eagles to just nine points in each of the third and fourth quarters while scoring 15 and 17 themselves.
The Dragons were originally scheduled to face Sacred Heart Academy out of Buffalo, but the winter storm and ensuing travel ban prevented the Sharks from making the trip.
Ruhlman finished with a game-high 15 points to go along with seven assists and seven steals. Irwin had 11 points, Gracie Ruhlman had nine points, Alana Stuart eight, and Peyton Wotorson seven. Halle Kuzminski and Alyssa Farr each had six points, with Kuzminski adding 10 rebounds.
Allison Rowland led the Eagles with eight points. Ryan Quinn, Ande Northup, and Natalee Leiper scored six points each.
Warren will take on Panama Wednesday with the junior varsity game scheduled for 2 p.m. and the varsity at 3:30 p.m.