LADY RED RAMS TOPPLE WHITESBORO-54-37 CLAIM SECOND STRAIGHT CLASS A TITLE
Whitesboro’s Jenn Deuel (10) looks to gather in a loose ball under heavy pressure from J-D’s Alyssa Robens (14)
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
Jennifer Deuel did absolutely everything she could to stop the Jamesville-DeWitt Lady Red Rams from capturing their second straight Section III, Class “A” basketball title.
The Lady Warriors three sport star blocked shots, made some mind-boggling moves in the lane, knocked down a couple of three pointers and scored a game high twenty five points. The combined effort of the Lady Warriors still wasn’t enough to overcome J-D’s balanced attack and nearly perfect night from the free throw line as the Lady Red Rams rolled to a 54-37 win over Whitesboro.
Cydney Goodrum scored thirteen for Jamesville-DeWitt. The Red Rams will advance to State Regional play next weekend.
Teammates Arriell Mussi and Kayleigh Cavanaugh chipped in twelve and ten points, respectively for the Rams leading to the big win in the Carrier Dome tonight.
The winners saw their season record improve to (18-3). Whitesboro, the number Two seed in sectional play, finished with a mark of 15 wins and 6 losses on the season.
Jamesville-DeWitt has not lost to a Class “A” quintet all season. The Rams only losses have come at the hands of “AA” opponents Gates-Chile (Section V), Corcoran and Syracuse-CBA.
The Red Rams jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the opening quarter and suddenly extended their first quarter advantage to ten points when Alyssa Robens kissed one-off the glass on a put back to make it 15-5 in favor of the number one seed.
The double-digit lead came with :48 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Jenn Deuel’s hoop and a harm with 8.3 seconds to go in opener pulled Whitesboro back to within seven points at 15-8.
Jamesville’s balanced scoring attack was on full display in the first eight minutes of the ball game as four different players pitched in to account for the club’s first fifteen points of the contest.
Deuel, on the other side of the court, had six of Whitesboro’s seven points, four of which came from first quarter free throws.
The second quarter saw Whitesboro settle down on offense and step it up on defense, especially against Red Rams players Goodrum and Mussi, who were basically unstoppable in the first eight minutes.
Neither player managed a point in the second quarter and Whitesboro got the Rams lead down to 21-16, on a driving layup by Lady Warriors freshman Lauren Lapertosa with 1:30 to go before the first intermission.
It was at that point that the momentum swung quickly back in the favor of J-D, as the Red Rams went on a 7-2 run to end the half, capped by a long three pointer off the hand of Kayleigh Cavanaugh with 3.4 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The Lady Rams headed to the locker room with a 28-18 halftime lead.
At the break, Whitesboro head coach Patrick Reader, joined My Hometown Sports – ESPN Radio 99.1 FM and pointed to his team’s tough start at the free throw line, as well as a few bad bounces as the biggest reasons for the first half deficit. “We’re trying, that’s for sure,” Reader said complimenting his team’s hard work in the first sixteen minutes. He then added, “We’re going to have to step it up in the second half to have a chance to win.”
At the other end of the court, near the end of the first intermission, Lady Red Rams head coach Rob Siechen said he was somewhat surprised by the slowed down pace of the game in the first half. He also commented that he was very happy to see a ten point halftime lead on the scoreboard for his club. However, he told his team at the half that there was a lot of game left and that the first half effort would be needed again in the second.
The third quarter didn’t go according to plan for the Lady Warriors and couldn’t have been scripted any better for J-D, which entered tonight’s contest as the State’s 9th ranked team in Class “A”.
The Rams made eight out of ten free throw attempts in the third quarter, with a 12-2 run to build their largest lead of the ball game. Twenty points and they went to the fourth quarter leading by a score of 44-24.
Maddy Frank’s two long three balls paced J-D in the third period, while Goodrum hit four straight from the charity stripe to inch the Rams closer to their second consecutive title.
It was more of the same for J-D in the final frame, despite Jenn Deuel’s ten fourth quarter points, six of which came from three-point land.
Goodrum continued her mastery of the free throw line in the last quarter, hitting five straight to pace Jamesville DeWitt to the 54-37 victory.
J-D will now turn its attention to Section II Champion Troy (15-5) in NYSPHAA Regional action next Tuesday night at 6 p.m.. Fortunately, for the Rams, the game will be played in their backyard at LeMoyne College.
The Class”A” All-Tournament team included Kayleigh Cavanaugh (J-D), Maria Lapertosa (Whitesboro), Jenn Deuel (Whitesboro), Zakiya Saunders (Carthage) and Jen Didio (Oneida). MVP honors went to JD’s Cydney Goodrum.
Jamesville-Dewitt 54 Whitesboro 37
1 2 3 4 Total
Whitesboro 8 10 6 13 37
JD 15 13 16 10 54
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