Allen, Danison lead Panthers past Jeffers 57-28

CHASSELL — The way Joe Romano sees it, you can pick your poison when you go up against Chassell.

“You can defend the inside and try to keep the ball away from (center Sydney) Danison,” the Jeffers High coach said after his team dropped a 57-28 decision Monday night in Chassell. “Or you can concentrate on (point guard) Milly Allen and let the inside go. Either way, you’re in trouble.”

The win was the 17th in a row for the No. 2 ranked Panthers, the champions of the Copper Mountain Conference. They are 14-0 in the league and 17-1 overall.

Chassell coach Brandi Hainault said she has been most impressed with her team’s work ethic this season.

“These girls have worked hard and put in a lot of time to work on a new system that wasn’t familiar to them,” Hainault commented. “I knew tonight would be an emotional one with Parents Night and all that. But they really came together; and it seemed like one person would step up when others weren’t. And our defense stayed solid when we were turning it over for a time. Just a total team effort.”

The Panthers have demolished the Jets twice this season by jumping off to a quick starts. And that was the case last night when they grabbed a 32-9 halftime lead at Helakoski Memorial Gym.

Danison, the 6-foot-1 center, scored 13 points in the first two quarters. Allen, the spark-plug point guard, netted 10 more and bothered the Jets to no end on defense.

“Sydney (Danison) really made some hard post moves in the first half,” Hainault said. “And Milly Allen was her usual steady self again.”

The Jets, 10-7 and 10-3, managed to hold their own in the second half, but it was far too little and too late.

“I liked some of the things we did in the second half,” Romano said. “I think Ivy Klemett is really playing good ball, and we’ll need that from her the rest of the season.”

Chassell was led by Danison’s 19 points and eight rebounds. Allen added 17 points, four assists and five steals.

Meg Hokenson also contributed for the victors, collecting 10 points and eight boards.

The Jets received six points from Klemett, who grabbed eight rebounds.

Romano said his team learned a little more about playing the Panthers. The two teams match up in the opening game of the Class D district early next month in Painesdale.

“The more you can learn about them, the better off you are,” he said. “But they’re a great team, solid all-around. We’ll see what happens.”

Hainault said her team can’t lose track of its major goal — winning a district crown.

“We have to take everyone seriously at this time of the year,” she said. “It only takes one slip and your season can be over.”

Chassell goes to Watersmeet on Thursday. Jeffers travels to Ewen-Trout Creek on the same day.

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Jeffers 4 5 11 8 — 28

Chassell 11 21 15 12 — 57

JEFFERS — Klemett 6, Nordstrom 4, Kinnunen 5, Pietila 2, Stevens 4, Asiala 3, Johnson 2, Heinonen 2. FT: 7-10; Rebounds: 22 (Klemett 8); Fouls: 15; Fouled out: Klemett; 3-point FG; Kinnunen 1.

CHASSELL — Pietila 5, Allen 17, Danison 19, Rautiola 6, Hokenson 10. FT: 11-18; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: Hokenson; 3-point FG: Pietila 1, Allen 1.