Judging by their lone head-to-head meeting in the 2007-08 regular season last Friday night, the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball teams are heading off in vastly different directions.
For the Brothers, all is smooth at this point, as it improved to 5-1 on the season last Friday night by shutting down the Red Rams for long portions of a 41-29 victory.
As for J-D, the promise of its great start seems a distant memory. Not only was Amanda Koenck gone for the season with a torn ACL, the same fate awaits fellow starter Alyssa Gratien after a knee injury suffered a week earlier in a loss to Pittsford Mendon flared up again in the final minutes of this game.
The Rams' third consecutive defeat was a textbook course on defense delivered by the Brothers, who never let J-D star guard Brittany Cohen get open for perimeter shots for much of the night.
In all, CBA gave up just 11 points in the entire first half, which gave the offense all sorts of time to shake off its own doldrums. It did so, as key baskets by Leanne Ockenden and Kayla Stroman produced a double-digit halftime lead.
Briefly, J-D would show some life in the second half after the deficit ran to 28-13. With Cohen producing 10 points and Megan Maycumber adding six points, the Rams pulled within nine in the fourth quarter, but that was it.
Ockenden continues to be CBA's primary offensive force, finishing with 17 points here as Stroman added nine points and Michelle Damico got eight points. Though Sarah Paulus and Jamie Carrick had just seven points between them, their combined defense wreaked total havoc on the Rams and made a substantial difference.
To say that the Brothers and Red Rams had contrasting games leading into their showdown would be a major understatement.