ASHLAND, Va. – Senior Teal Reynolds (Sterling, Va. / Potomac Falls) scored two critical buckets and added a huge block in overtime as the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets (9-1) returned from the holiday break with a 71-64 victory over the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (5-5). The Yellow Jackets held the visitors to only two points in the deciding frame.
Johns Hopkins opened the scoring before Reynolds made a shot and added the free throw early in the first as R-MC took the 3-2 lead. The teams traded the advantage, playing to a 9-9 tie on a sophomore Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C. / Halifax Academy) layup. Williams had five rebounds in the first quarter, while sophomore Charlotte Woods (Richmond, Va. / Trinity) led the Yellow Jackets in the first frame, scoring four points and pulling in five rebounds. JHU took the lead into the second quarter 16-12.
After taking a larger lead with terrific three-point shooting, the Blue Jays fought off many of the Yellow Jackets' efforts to come back. Another Williams layup pulled R-MC within one at 19-18 with 6:57 to go in the second and freshman Elise Knobloch (Sterling, Va. / Potomac Falls) brought the game back within two about a minute later with a layup. But the Blue Jays would take a nine point lead into the halftime break. Junior Jayla Wade (Newport News, Va. / Heritage) led Randolph-Macon in the period with five points, while Williams pulled in four rebounds.
The third quarter is where Randolph-Macon began to muscle its way back to the lead. The Yellow Jackets used an 8-3 run over the first three minutes of the period to bring the game within four to a 42-38 JHU advantage. After Wade tipped the ball in and a field goal for JHU, freshman Becca Arrington (Amelia, Va. / Amelia Academy) made a pair of free throws to bring the game to a one-point R-MC deficit. With 2:16 to go in the quarter, Williams was given a pair of free throw opportunities, which she converted and tied the game at 47. With the teams trading baskets again, junior Kelsey Wisner (York, Pa. / Central York) hit a layup to give R-MC its first lead since the first quarter when the score was 7-6, as the Yellow Jackets took a 51-49 lead into the fourth quarter. Williams led the Yellow Jackets in the quarter with seven points and six rebounds.
R-MC pushed its lead to six in the early moments of the fourth period and kept a fairly comfortable margin until 4:26 to go when one of the Blue Jays' top scorers, Lexie Scholtz, made a jumper to bring the score within one – a 59-58 lead for R-MC. The game became deadlocked for nearly three minutes with the Yellow Jackets up 62-60 until :55 to go when Scholtz hit another jumper to tie the game at 62 all. That would force an extra period of play. Williams again led R-MC with seven points while Reynolds hauled in five rebounds in the frame. Williams also got five huge blocks in the fourth.
Reynolds took the game into her hands in the opening moments of the overtime period. She scored twice in 93 seconds to push R-MC up 66-62. Williams also made a layup before JHU could score. Scholtz made the single score in the frame for JHU while Arrington, Wade and Reynolds each made one free throw to push the score to its final margin, 71-64.
R-MC had three players with double-doubles. Williams finished with 22 points and 22 rebounds as well as nine blocks, recording her ninth double-double in ten games – one of the top marks in the country – and finishing just a block short of a triple-double. Woods recorded her double-double with ten points and 14 rebounds – her second double-double of the season. Reynolds had 12 points and 11 rebounds to complete her big night. Wade was also in double digits for scoring with ten points while tacking on five assists as well. The other starter on the night, Wisner, finished with four points and a pair of assists.
From the bench, Knobloch finished with six points and a steal plus a rebound. Arrington added give points, four rebounds and two steals while sophomore Ashlynn Green (Spotsylvania, Va. / Spotsylvania) added a huge bucket late in the fourth quarter. R-MC outshot JHU 65% to 46% at the free throw line, though JHU got the better of R-MC in the field 36% to 33%.
Randolph-Macon hits the road to open the remainder of its conference schedule. The team will face Shenandoah on Tuesday at 7:00 PM.