frewsburg girls top panama
by Jamestown Post Journal
area varsity basketball history was made on Tuesday night when brothers Jeff and Rob Collver coached against each other in the opening game of the high school season.
Jeff Collver got the best of his brother Rob Collver as Frewsburg, led by Katie Lemon and Kay York, defeated Panama, 56-20, in non-league girls competition.
While Jeff Collver has been the Frewsburg coach the last few years, this was Rob Collver’s debut at the Panama helm as he replaced Jeff Jordan.
Several years ago, Mel Swanson of Sherman coached against and defeated his sister Eileen Sheesley, now Eileen LaPorte, of then Chautauqua in also a girls varsity game.
‘‘I wasn’t nervous coaching against my brother as I was more worried about the girls getting off to a good start,’’ said Rob Collver, who graduated from Frewsburg in 1995 which was eight years after the 1987 graduation of his brother.
‘‘We played great as we had our opportunities, but the ball wouldn’t fall in for us,’’ said Rob Collver.
Lemon and York, who were one of the top scoring duos a year ago, began their senior seasons for Frewsburg by combining for 40 points.
Frewsburg jumped off to a 16-8 first quarter margin as York drilled home 10 of her 17 points.
Then, Lemon took over with 11 of her 23 points in the second quarter as the Bears went on a 17-4 spree to take a comfortable 33-12 halftime lead.
‘‘Frewsburg was able to get open shots as it was able to get excellent ball reversal,’’ said Rob Collver.
Overall, the Bears made 21 steals with Lemon, York and Christina Hamilton each having five. Katie Cass led her team in rebounding with 10 and York had four assists.
Frewsburg was very effective from the foul line by making 16-of-21 with Lemon making 7-of-8.
Marla Masters scored nine points to lead Panama and teammate Tara Johnson brought down 15 rebounds.