Dec 03, 2006 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Blessed with lots of young talent, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team went into the 2006-07 season in an upward direction.
The Red Rams went 14-6 a season ago, but were surprised at home by Oneida, 50-49, in the Section II Class A-2 quarterfinals.
Tough as that defeat was, J-D, with all five of its starters back, has used it as motivation for this season, which began with a full week of activity and a possible reunion with Oneida as part of the annual J-D Tip-Off Tournament.
That reunion never took place — but the Rams didn’t mind, instead beating Central Square and, in a last-second drama, Fayetteville-Manlius for the title.
Each game was quite different from the other, as in the opening round the Rams were able to light up the board in a 64-50 win over Central Square.
Against a Red Hawks team willing to run, J-D did so, overwhelming Central Square in a decisive second quarter where it erupted for 28 points to the opponent’s total of nine.
Brittany Cohen led the way, with 21 points, while Amanda Koenck had 13 points and Danielle Weekes earned 12 points. Alyssa Gratien threw in nine points. In defeat, Central Square’s Katie Hart earned 26 points.
In the other opening-round game, F-M drained Oneida, 51-28, overcoming a slow start to dominate the second half as Torie Lee poured in 16 points. Oneida would top Central Square 57-45 in the consolation game.
This led to Saturday night’s final, a neighborhood clash between J-D and F-M. And the Red Rams would survive it, relying on guile and good fortune to rally past the Hornets by a score of 38-36.
Points were precious in a contest where neither side was sharp, but the Hornets did put together a 23-13 lead by the early part of the third quarter and looked to be coasting.
However, the Rams roared back, tying it by the early part of the final period, then made another rally after F-M led, 35-31, with less than two minutes left.
Cohen’s pair of free throws tied it, 36-36, with 1:04 to play, and as time wound down, J-D had the ball back, with a chance to win.
Driving to the net, Cohen stopped and her shot was too long — but it went right to Weekes, and her lay-up with 3.9 seconds left broke the tie. F-M would see its last chance intercepted at midcourt.
On her way to being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Cohen had 13 points, with Koenck adding 10 points and Weekes, despite foul trouble, getting nine points. Lee led both sides with 15 points as her F-M teammate, Carrie Vedder, earned 10 points.
Just before that, the Rams, in its OHSL Freedom division opener, defended its home court against Mexico, knocking off the Tigers 54-45.
Through one quarter, J-D trailed 13-7, but would get going and move into the lead by the third period because its attack was more diverse.
Koenck worked well inside, finishing with 17 points, while Gratien finished with 10 points. Cohen had nine points and Weekes added six points. Angie Josbena led Mexico with 20 points.
On Tuesday night, J-D took its 3-0 record to Fulton, before returning home to meet Cortland later in the week. F-M, at 1-1, was at Corcoran Tuesday and also comes back home, playing defending Class AA champion Rome Free Academy on Friday.