Ariel Jones is PSAC Athlete of the Week

Cedar Crest grad Ariel Jones, who now plays basketball for Shippensburg University as a sophomore guard, was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week.
This was announced Monday afternoon by the league office after averaging 26.3 points per game over three contests.

Jones scored 79 points in addition to totaling nine steals, seven rebounds and six assists. She shot 49 percent from the field and was also 20-of-23 (87 percent) at the free-throw line.

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Against Pitt-Johnstown, Jones was integral to a comeback victory. She scored 14 of her game-high 34 points in the final 4:12, including three three-pointers and the go-ahead “and-one” with five seconds left. In the third quarter, Jones also scored 16 of SU’s 22 total points in the frame.

Against Seton Hill, Jones led the Raiders overall with 22 points, shooting 8-of-14 from the field. Her production came in just 23 minutes, as she played just three minutes in the first half due to a pair of early fouls. Jones also scored eight of SU’s nine points in a 9-0 run to close out the Griffins, flipping a one-point advantage to a 10-point lead.

On Wednesday against No. 12 USciences, Jones led the Raiders with 23 points, including a 9-of-10 rate at the free-throw line, to complement three assists, two steals and two rebounds.

Through the first two weeks of the season, Jones ranks second in the PSAC and fifth nationally in scoring (25.4 ppg). She also ranks second in the PSAC and sixth nationally in free throws (46). Jones is also ninth in the PSAC in three-pointers (14) and 10th in free-throw percentage (.793).

Jones earns her first PSAC East Athlete of the Week award this season and the second of her career – she was the inaugural recipient of the award last season following her first weekend of competition.

Jones leads Shippensburg in scoring with a 25.4 average which is second in the league. She also has 25 rebounds, 21 assists, 17 steals and three blocked shots to lead the Raiders to a 4-3 overall record and a 2-0 mark in PSAC East play.

Last season, Jones started all 28 games and averaged 21.8 points with 97 rebounds, 62 assists and 59 steals. She was named Freshman of the Year and was an All-PSAC East first team pick for her performance.

Last season, Jones started all 28 games and averaged 21.8 points with 97 rebounds, 62 assists and 59 steals. She was named Freshman of the Year and was an All-PSAC East first team pick for her performance.

“Ariel continues to excel in just her sophomore season,” coach Kristy Trn said. “Since the start of her career she has been on fire on the offensive end.”

This season, Jones is being asked to provide leadership both on the court and off for the team, which doesn’t have a senior on the roster with 11 newcomers.

“Being only a sophomore herself, that is a challenging task, but one she is already adapting well to,” Trn said. “And she has also been working hard to establish herself on the defensive side of the court as well.”

And the coach said that Jones is gaining the trust of her teammates.

“If Ariel continues to grow into a totally compete player, the sky is the limit for her,” Trn said. “With her help, we are beginning to see the team coming together, learning and growing.”

Other L-L League players who are doing great in the college game are:

Andrew Eudy (Cedar Crest)

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound senior center/forward kicked off his final season with the Campbell men’s basketball team with a big game in a 97-93 overtime victory over North Carolina-Wilmington on Nov. 6 in Buies Creek, N.C. Eudy scored 21 points, aided by a career-high five 3-pointers, with nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 37 minutes of action. He’s started all seven games and is averaging 8.6 points and is second on the team with 5.4 rebounds a game for the Camels who are 4-3 on the season.

Megan Brandt (Northern Lebanon)

The 5-foot-9 sophomore forward came off the bench and scored a season-high 14 points to help the Bloomsburg women’s basketball team upset No. 19-ranked Edinboro 70-62 in a PSAC East contest last Sunday in Bloomsburg. Brandt was 5-for-9 from the field and 4-for6 from the free throw line as the Huskies improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in league play. She’s averaging 5.1 points and 2.5 rebounds with four assists and four steals coming off the bench in all eight games.

Peyten Lyons (Palmyra)

The senior continues to be one of the top performers on the Ursinus women’s swim team, the Bears 5-0 after a 141-121 victory over Gettysburg on Nov. 17 in Gettysburg. The versatile Lyons captured the 100 backstroke in 1:00.91 and swam the leadoff leg on the 200 medley relay which finished first in 1:49.54. She also finished second by .03 seconds in the 200 IM with a time of 2:14.65 and finished second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.65.

Lauren Chambers (Lebanon)

The senior guard came up big for the Post women’s basketball in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference opener against Nyack last Thursday in Nyack, N.Y. The Eagles came away with a 74-65 victory and Chambers led the way with a season-high 23 points including 16 in the second half and nine in the final five minutes. On the season, Chambers is averaging 7.4 points a game with 12 rebounds, 12 assists and six steals for Post which is 3-4 overall.

Donovan Lott (Lebanon)

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound freshman who played for the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League is off to a good start playing with the Rensselaer Poly men’s team. Lott collected his first collegiate point when he had an assist in a 5-3 victory over rival Union on Oct. 26 in Troy, N.Y. and came back on Oct. 27 to score his first collegiate goals, including the game-winner in a 4-2 triumph over Union in Schenectady, N.Y. The Engineers are 4-9 overall and 3-3 in ECAC Hockey play.

Austin Zimmerman (Palmyra)

The 6-foot, 180-pound freshman defender who played for the Lacrosse Freeze of the North American 3 Hockey League, scored his first collegiate goal but his Lebanon Valley men’s team dropped an 8-3 United Collegiate Hockey League game against Elmira last Friday in Hershey. Zimmerman has taken seven shots and has played seven games coming off the bench for the Dutchmen who are 3-3-2 overall and 2-2-2 in league play.

Kate Sanborn (Palmyra)

The junior competes in the breaststroke, the 200 IM and with the relay teams for the Hood women’s swim team. The Blazers were beaten 122-97 by McDaniel last Saturday in Frederick, MD., but Sanborn had a solid performance. She finished second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.40 and second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:41.60. Both were season-best efforts. She also finished third in the 200 IM in 2:34.86 and swam a leg on the 200 free relay which finished second in 2:00.91.

Annika Neufeld-Kreider (Cedar Crest)

The 5-foot-6 freshman scored her team’s only goal as the Oswego women’s hockey team dropped a 6-1 decision to Plattsburgh in a New England Women’s Hockey League game last Saturday in Oswego, N.Y. Neufeld-Krieder scored her first collegiate goal in a 10-1 victory over King’s on Oct. 7 and came back with a goal in a 5-0 triumph over Wilkes on Oct. 8, both games in Wilkes-Barre. The Lakers are 5-2-1 overall and 3-2-1 in league play.

Ian Frazier (Palmyra)

The 6-foot senior guard has started all seven games for the Wilson men’s basketball team and is averaging 7.6 points a game and leads the Phoenix with 21 assists. He kicked off the season by scoring 18 points with five assists in an 89-69 non-league victory over Goucher on Nov. 10 in Chambersburg. Wilson is 2-5 overall and 1-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference after an 88-82 league victory over Rosemont last Saturday in Chambersburg. Frazier had eight points, five rebounds and five assists.